Cuban Pork Roast

Cuban pork roast is an ideal dish to make for a sit-down family meal if you want something with a little Caribbean flavour. As with many Cuban recipes, there are several varieties to any dish. Here are 2 ways to make a pork roast in traditional Cuban style. Both of these recipes require that the pork marinate overnight, so make sure to plan ahead.

Cuban pork roast recipes

Traditional Cuba pork roast

Classic Cuban Pork Roast

This one for pork roast is fairly simple and has the classic flavors of cumin and lime.

  • 4 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sherry
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 3 tbs lime juice

In a small frying pan, roast the cumin and peppercorns over medium heat until they start to lightly brown. Set them aside and let cool.

With a food processor (or mortar and pestle), crush the roasted cumin and pepper with the minced garlic, oregano and salt until you have a fragrant paste. In a small bowl, mix this paste in with sherry, olive oil, and all 3 juices. Stir well to combine.

Marinade the pork roast overnight, or longer for a more flavorful roast. When you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 325F. Put the meat in a roasting pan along with the marinade liquid. Roast for approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, basting occasionally to keep it moist. Add a bit of water to the marinade if it starts to dry out. When fully cooked, remove from the oven and serve it up.

Simple Pork Roast

The above recipe is a pretty authentic Cuban dish, but if you want something a little easier, try this recipe. Fewer ingredients and you just have to toss it all in the slow cooker.

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder roast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 2 tbs dried onion flakes
  • 2 tbs oregano
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs salt

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and the rest of the seasonings. Marinate the pork with this mixture overnight.

When you are ready to cook, put the roast and the marinade into a crockpot or slow cooker. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Slice and serve with rice.

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