Cuban Style Roast Pork (Puerco Asado)

My wife found this recipe 20 years ago and we have been enjoying it ever since. This is a classic Cuban feast and should be served with moros (black beans and rice). If you try it, I’m certain it will become a favorite.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Cuban, pork, pork shoulder
Servings: 8 people
Author: Moody's Foodie
Ingredients
  • 6 limes
  • 1 orange
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 3 T Kosher salt
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 8 lb. bone-in or smaller boneless pork shoulder with skin preferably
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 T cider vinegar
  • Optional: green onions and cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Squeeze enough juice from limes and orange to measure 1 cup. Mince garlic. In a bowl stir together 3 tablespoons lime juice, garlic, 2 1/2 tablespoons salt, oregano, and cumin. Pat pork dry and with a sharp small knife make 1-inch-long by 3/4-inch-deep incisions 2 inches apart in pork skin. Push about 1 teaspoon garlic mixture into each incision and rub remainder on meaty ends not covered by skin.
  3. Transfer pork to a large Dutch oven (a roasting pan may be substituted, if so, cover with foil) and pour remaining lime juice around pork. Roast pork, uncovered, in middle of oven until most of juice is evaporated and brown bits begin to form on bottom of pan, about 30 minutes.
  4. In a bowl stir together water and vinegar and pour mixture around pork. Cover pan and roast 1 hour. With a small ladle baste meat only (not skin) with pan juices. Roast pork, covered, 1 hour.
  5. With cleaned sharp small knife gently loosen skin from meat (without cutting through skin) and with a spoon baste meat under skin with pan juices. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 tablespoon salt over skin and roast pork, uncovered, basting meat (not skin) every 20 minutes, 1 1/2 hours more, or until skin is crisp. Transfer pork to a cutting board, reserving pan juices, and let stand 20 minutes. Skim fat from reserved pan juices.
  6. Cut pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices and serve with pan juices.
  7. Optional but you will like it: garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy! Wine Pairing: I enjoy an Argentinian Malbec with this meal.