This is THE Cuban Roast Pork from the 2014 movie “Chef”, created especially for the movie by LA Korean-fusion food truck original and rockstar chef Roy Choi. Easy to make, the pork is juicy and tender (no thermometer required!) and the flavour is incredible. INCREDIBLE!!
While the rest of the word is obsessed with “50 Shades of Grey”, I am obsessed with the Jon Favreau movie “Chef”. Have you seen it? If you are a foodie, it is a must-see!
There are classic moments in the movie that only “foodies” will appreciate. Like when one of the actors is swaying away to the beat of Latin music while he rubs marinade into the pork (seriously, cooking has never been so sexy!). And the passion for cooking the food you love.
I was somewhat dubious about trying a recipe from a movie until I read that the “star” recipe was actually developed by a real chef – Roy Choi. Do you know who Roy Choi is? He is a ROCK STAR in the foodie world, known for starting the food truck movement in LA with his Korean-fusion taco truck, Kogi. Cool and talented beyond words.
When I tried it, I discovered it was a great recipe. One that I had to share with you!
This Cuban Roast Pork is really easy to make. Just whizz up a handful of ingredients for the marinade, then let it marinate overnight to get the flavours infused into the pork. This marinade REALLY infuses into the meat. You will be amazed.
It’s also much less maintenance and stress than traditional roast pork because this is meant to be cooked past overdone, long and slow until the meat is tender and juicy. The cook times I have provided yields a roast that is really tender and juicy but can still be carved. But you know what? Even if your oven is too strong, if you leave it in for too long, it is still going to work! The worst that can happen is that the meat is too tender and it becomes fall apart i.e. you simply pull shreds off with tongs instead of carving it.
Really. If that is the “dud” outcome, then in my books, this is a “foolproof” recipe.
I made this Cuban Roast Pork using Murray Valley Pork which is simply the best quality pork produced in Australia! You can’t get it at supermarkets, only at butchers, and if there’s ever a time to splurge on good quality pork, Easter is it!
OK, signing off! I really want to say I’m going to have this Cuban Roast Pork for Easter lunch. But I have cooked almost 15 kg/30 lb of pork in the past couple of weeks so I’m pretty porked out. So I think I’m going to stick with chicken this year.
Really hope you consider this pork for your Easter table though!! I promise it is worthy of being the centrepiece. 🙂 – Nagi
PS Make sure you save some Cuban Pork Roast to make Cuban Sandwiches (Cubanos)!
I’ll share the recipe on Easter Monday. All you need is leftover Mojo Marinated Pork, baguettes, swiss cheese, gherkins and slices of ordinary ham. One of the BEST SANDWICHES I have never had in my life!!
Disclosure: Murray Valley Pork provided me with the pork shoulder that I used to make this Cuban Roast Pork. However, I did not receive any consideration for it, nor was I under any obligation to endorse or use the pork for a recipe on my site. I chose to use the pork simply out of my own discretion, because the product is high quality and I use it myself. For those in Australia, you can find your closest stockist here – Where To Buy.
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup cilantro / coriander, lightly packed
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 3/4 cup orange juice, fresh
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, lightly packed
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves, packed (or 1/2 tbsp dried oregano)
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 4 lb / 2 kg pork shoulder, skinless and boneless
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- Salt and pepper
Combine Marinade ingredients in a food processor and blend until the herbs and garlic are finely chopped. Alternatively, you can finely chop/mince the garlic and herbs then mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Place in a large ziplock bag with the pork. Place in the fridge overnight (in a bowl, just to be safe).
Remove the pork from the Marinade and bring to room temperature. Reserve the Marinade.
Preheat oven to 170C/325F.
Place the pork on a rack in a roasting dish (or on a couple of onions have, to elevate the pork). Cover with a lid or double layer or foil, slightly tented so it is not pressed tightly against the pork.
Place in the oven and bake for 2 hrs 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes to brown. (See Note 1 for original roasting direction and times)
Remove from the oven and place on a plate, loosely covered with foil. Rest for 20 minutes before serving with the Mojo Sauce on the side. I decorated mine with pan fried slices of oranges and extra cilantro/coriander leaves.
Place the reserved Marinade, Mojo Sauce ingredients and 2 tbsp of the roasting pan drippings into a small saucepan. Bring to boil and add salt and pepper to taste. You might also want to add more lime juice or even a touch of sugar. Turn the heat down and simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the stove and set aside.
1. I use the same Marinade ingredients as the original recipe from I roast it differently. The method I use is more foolproof and I believe it produces a juicier pork because it is roasted, covered, at a lower temperature for longer. Also it does not require a meat thermometer because the pork is cooked beyond overdone until it is tender. Slow cooking is the traditional way of cooking pork shoulder which is a tougher cut of meat.
I also did not roll the pork. Because I didn't have any kitchen string! If you roll it, the pork will require about an additional 20 minutes roasting time (covered).
The original recipe called for a 3 1/2lb / 1.75kg boneless pork shoulder. Roll the pork up and tie with a string to form a roll. Roast in a 425F/220C oven for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375F/190C and roast for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the middle reads 160F/70C.
2. This would be great served with Caribbean Rice and Beans or Coconut Rice (but omit the kaffir lime leaves from this recipe as that is for Asian coconut rice.
3. Make sure you save some pork to make Cuban Sandwiches (Cubanos)! I'll be sharing the recipe on Monday. One of the BEST sandwiches I have ever had in my life!
4. Recipe adapted from Mojo Marinated Pork Shoulder from Food and Wine. The Marinade ingredients are exactly the same. The Mojo Sauce is something I made up (why waste the delicious Marinade??!). And the roasting time and method is slightly different - refer Note 1.
5. I made this recipe using Murray Valley Pork which is a high quality Australian pork you can only get at butchers. If there is ever a time to invest in a great quality roast, it's Easter! It makes such a difference. If you live in Australia, find your closest stockist here.
6. Cook times for different sizes:
2kg/4lb: 2.5 hrs covered, 30 min uncovered
3kg/6lb: 2hrs 50 min covered, 30 min uncovered
4kg/8lb: 3.25 hrs covered, 30 min uncovered
7. Cuban Roast Pork nutrition per serving assuming 10 servings and that all the Mojo Sauce is used (which it probably won't be). This nutrition analysis does not take into account that not all the pan drippings (i.e. pork fat) is consumed because it is discarded. So the calories per serving is lower.
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