- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- One 5-pound, bone-in Boston butt (pork shoulder, butt end)
- Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce
How to make this recipe
- In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the lemon and orange juices and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar. Transfer half of the mojo to a blender and let cool. Refrigerate the remaining mojo.
- Meanwhile, in a jar, shake the garlic and onion powders, ground pepper and cumin. Add 2 tablespoons of the dry rub to the mojo in the blender. Add the Worcestershire and 1 tablespoon of salt and puree the marinade.
- Put the pork in a resealable 1-gallon plastic bag and add the marinade. Seal the bag, pressing out the air, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally. Bring the pork to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 350° and set a rack in a roasting pan. Remove the pork from the marinade and pat dry. Rub the meat all over with the remaining dry rub and set it on the rack. Roast for 3 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 150°. Reduce the oven temperature to 275° and roast the meat for about 3 hours longer, until very tender and an instant-read thermometer registers 180°. Remove the roast from the oven and cover with foil; let rest for 30 minutes.
- Shred the meat, discarding the bones and excess fat. Serve the roast with the remaining mojo and the Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce.
The whole roast can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature and shred, then cover and reheat gently in a 300° oven.
Guacamole and tortilla chips.
Crianza, made with Tempranillo from Spain’s Rioja region, is aged in oak for 12 months, giving it roundness while also preserving its fresh wild-berry flavors. It’s great with this tender roast.