Total Time
5hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 hrs

This is a recipe I found in my "The Complete Meat Cookbook" by Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly that I combined with a recipe posted by Closetcooking,com. Posting for ZWT event so untried by me, but sounds like something we would enjoy. Depending on the type of roast you use, servings will vary, but I put 6-8 based on a small roast. Times don't include overnight marinating time.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Directions (Oven Version with Crackling):.
  2. Puree the garlic, onion, orange juice, lime juice, rum, olive oil, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender, place 2/3 of the mixture into a large sealable bag with the pork and marinate in the fridge overnight.
  3. Pull the pork out of the fridge 1 hour before roasting, take it out of the bag, set it with its skin side up, wipe the skin dry and let sit for 1 hour.
  4. Score the skin in 1/2 inch intervals and rub salt generously into the skin.
  5. Place the pork in a roasting pan, skin side up, roast in a preheated 450F oven for 20 minutes or until the skin has become crackling, ie it has become golden, hardened and crispy.
  6. Reduce the heat to 325F and roast until the pork reaches 170F for slicing or 195F for shredding, about 2-3 hours or 4-6 hours respectively. If the skin starts to get too dark tent it loosely with foil without folding the edges over to prevent steaming.
  7. Let the pork rest for 15 minutes, remove crackling and cut into small pieces, discard any extra fat and then slice or shred the pork. Remove the fat from the juices and serve with sliced pork or mix into shredded pork.
  8. Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons of the juices from the roasting pan in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and saute until tender and caramelized, about 7-10 minutes.
  9. Serve the pork with the caramelized onions and remaining mojo.
  10. Directions (Slow Cooker Version):.
  11. Puree the garlic, onion, orange juice, lime juice, rum, olive oil, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender, place 2/3 of the mixture into a large sealable bag with the pork and marinate in the fridge overnight.
  12. Place the pork in a slow cooker/crock-pot with the skin side up along with the marinade and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  13. Let the pork rest for 15 minutes, discard the fat layer and then shred the pork.
  14. Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons of the juices from the slow cooker/crock-pot in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and saute until tender and caramelized, about 7-10 minutes.
  15. Serve the pork with the caramelized onions and remaining mojo.
  16. Tip: Mix some mojo into the pork after pulling it; man is that mojo ever good! Make sure to make enough pork to make Cuban Sandwiches with leftovers!
Most Helpful

5 5

I did not have sour oranges so I added lemon juice. This was SO freaking GOOD!!! I can't imagine a better pork roast. We couldn't wait for it to cook all the way before we started slicing off little bits to taste. I cooked for the 1st 20 minutes as directed then moved it over to the crock pot. OH MY GOD

5 5

I made this to use in Puerta Sagua's Real Cuban Sandwich, and it was perfect! Made it overnight in the crockpot, and then made the sandwiches for lunch that day. It was so tender that it wanted to fall apart into shreds, but I did my best to carefully slice it so we would have proper Cuban sandwiches. I had trimmed my pork pretty well before cooking, so I kept most of the cooking liquid to drizzle over the pork for extra flavor. I will be making this again, thanks for posting! Sorry, no photo, camera went to work with DH that day. Made for The Hot Pink Panthers for ZWT9 Family Picks

5 5

Great smells filled our house all day. I used the slow cooker method. This makes a delicious flavored pork versatile to any kind of recipe. We used it to make tacos. Leftovers will be made into Cuban sandwiches. Made for ZWTp for Hot Stuff.

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