Pork is always a cookout crowd-pleaser because it can be prepared in so many different ways: as juicy flame-grilled pork chops, pulled pork slathered in barbecue, seasoned and stuffed in tacos, piled high on nachos, Korean-style, Italian-style, Filipino-style…any-way-you-want-it-style! It can be so fun to experiment, but maybe a little overwhelming with all of the choices. Let us make it easier for you. Next time you fire up the grill, go for these Cuban-style roasted pork sandwiches. Your taste buds will love the citrusy-garlicky touch of flavor.
- Pork loin
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup dry sherry (dry white cooking wine can be substituted)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Heat a small, heavy skillet over medium heat.
- Add cumin seeds and peppercorns to the pan. Stir constantly until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Cool.
- Using a mortar and pestle, crush toasted spices with garlic, salt, and oregano to make a paste. You can also do this in the small bowl of a food processor.
- Transfer to a small bowl and stir in orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, sherry, and olive oil.
- Place the pork loin in a large, re-sealable plastic bag. Pour citrus marinade over meat and seal. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours, turning the bag over occasionally.
- Preheat The Big Easy® Smoker Roaster and Grill, put pan of beer in bottom, and hickory chips in the smoker bin.
- Cut marinated pork loin in half so it can fit on two shelves of grill.
- Place pork in basket and lower into grill.
- After a couple hours (or when pork reaches an internal temperature of at least 145°F), remove and let cool before slicing thin for sandwiches.
- Pile pork on crusty French rolls; then add sliced ham, pickle, Swiss and Muenster cheese, and yellow mustard (add/subtract toppings as you see fit). You could also flatten the sandwich on a grill to make a Panini before enjoying.