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.