Lime and Chile Roasted Pork Shoulder

Total Time:
13 hr 40 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
9 hr 20 min
Cook:
4 hr

Yield:
8 to 10 servings

Ingredients
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 scallions, sliced (white and green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (6 to 8-pound) Boston butt pork shoulder, bone-in
  • 4 wide strips fresh lime zest
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken up
Directions
  • 1. Pulse the garlic, scallions, coriander, chipotle chile, cumin, 2 tablespoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a food processor or mini-chopper to make a thick paste. If the butcher didn't trim the fat cap on the pork shoulder, trim off all but a thin layer of fat. Make deep incisions with a paring knife, at about 2-inch intervals, all over the meat. Rub the garlic and spice mixture into and all over the meat.

  • 2. Combine the lime zest and juice, orange juice, adobo sauce, olive oil, and cinnamon in a nonreactive stainless steel or glass bowl. Add the meat, cover tightly with plastic wrap, making sure the meat is submerged. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up 2 days. Bring to room temperature about 1 hour before roasting.

  • 3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put the pork, fat-side up, in a large Dutch oven. Roast the meat, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Add the marinade to the pot and cover with the lid. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees F and roast for 2 hours more. Uncover and continue to cook, basting occasionally, until an instant read thermometer inserted into the meat registers 190 degrees F and the meat is a rich burnished brown, 1 1/2 to 2 hours more. Set aside on a cutting board to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

  • 4. For the sauce: Strain the pan drippings through a fine mesh sieve into a gravy separator and discard all excess fat. In a small saucepan, mix the pan drippings with 1/2 cup water and bring to a vigorous boil. Slice the meat and serve with the pan drippings.


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