A great “Cubano” or Cuban Sandwich begins with a great roasted pork. A mojo marinated roast of pork to be more accurate. If you have the time to make one it is well worth the effort, and you will wind up with a much better and more authentic Cuban sandwich in the end.
Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork Roast
An amazingly delicious Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork Roast. The style of roast pork that is found in the Traditional Cuban Sandwich.
1/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Kosher salt and pepper
~3 and 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, in one piece
The Fun Parts
In a large ziplock bag, combine olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lime juice, chopped cilantro, chopped mint, minced garlic, oregano, and cumin. Shake it around to mix up the marinade, and then add the pork shoulder.
Place the zipped up bag in a baking dish (in case it decides to leak), and put it in the fridge for several hours or overnight (which is ideal).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Place the marinated pork shoulder on the rack and discard the marinade. Salt and pepper the pork liberally.
Roast the pork for 30 minutes. It should be lightly browned.
Turn the oven down to 375 degrees F. Roast for approximately another 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 160.
Transfer to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and let the pork roast rest for approximately 20 minutes.
Carve against the grain and serve as a main course, or in a Cuban Sandwich.