Lime and Chilli Roasted Pork Shoulder

Lime and Chilli Roasted Pork Shoulder

Course Main Dish, Platter
Cuisine Sth American
Servings 8


  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots sliced (white and green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 large green chilli
  • 2 tablespoons hot chilli sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 2 - 2.5 kg pork shoulder
  • 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


  • Pulse the garlic, shallots, coriander, chilli, cumin, 2 tablespoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a food processor to make a thick paste. Trim the fat on the pork shoulder, leaving only a thin layer of fat. Make deep incisions with a paring knife, at about 10cm intervals, all over the meat. Rub the garlic and spice mixture into and all over the meat.
  • Combine the lime zest and juice, orange juice, chilli 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C. 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 170C. and roast for 2 hours more. Uncover and continue to cook, basting occasionally, until an instant read thermometer inserted into the meat registers 90 degrees C 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.
  • 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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