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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Caribbean Roast Pork

It's been a little while since I've posted, sorry about that. I am back to work in the school's clinic and we already had a broken arm and a 911 call the third day of school. She was a kindergartner that slipped on the bars on the playground. It's taking me awhile to get used to the routine again and I know you all feel so bad for me...hehehe!
One of my favorite meals as a child was my mom's pork roast. She would make it in a cast iron dutch oven, then she would add the little white potatoes, and serve it with corn. The juice poured over it all was so comforting. I was not one who really like potatoes or gravy, but the little white potatoes would turn golden brown by the time they were done.
My mom would let us choose what we wanted for dinner on our birthday and this one was my choice several times. She would make it for me even though it was August and she never liked the oven on that long in the middle of summer! She's the best!
Out of habit of what I'm used to I usually roast my sirloin pork roast in my cast iron dutch oven. I didn't have those little white potatoes, so I just use some russet potatoes, and corn on the cob, but I roasted the corn and it cooked too long, next time I'll stick to grilling or steaming it. The potatoes and corn are my mom's touch not necessarily Caribbean. I don't like fruit with my savory so I didn't do that, tropical fruit would definitely be a Caribbean touch!

I don't usually use a recipe much when I make roasts, but I had to give you one here. So I found this in in Country Living, I changed a few things, but it was my inspiration!
2 to 2 1/2-pound Pork Sirloin Roast
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (or less)
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (less if you use powder)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper sauce
2 (about 1/2 teaspoon) bay leaves, finely crumbled
1/2 cup light rum (you can use orange juice if you want to omit the rum)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 (2-pound )Pork Top Sirloin Roast
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1.Combine brown sugar, ginger, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, allspice, cloves, bay leaves, cumin, red pepper sauce, rum, and lime juice in resealable plastic food storage bag. Add the pork roast, and marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight, until it is thoroughly marinated.
2.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove roast from the marinade, pat dry, and sprinkle with the salt and remaining pepper[I used a cast iron dutch oven and just browned it first on stove top]. Reserve the marinating liquid. Place the onion slices on the bottom of a roasting pan and put the pork roast on top. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F
3.Roast uncovered (I covered mine) 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or until thermometer reads 155°F. Remove pork from pan. Cover and let stand 15 to 20 minutes or until thermometer reads 160°F .

If you want to use the remaining marinade to make a sauce heat it up in the pan scraping the roast and onion bits left on the pan, and add some broth if you like.
Yummy! The pork is great when made into shredded pork sandwiches too. I love the leftovers.


  1. I guess what delicious tastes of your recipe should have ... With all the mix of flavors and all these spices ... And, I love the little touch of rum in your recipe ! Great recipe !
    Have nice weekend :)

  2. Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to Lyndsey
    Happy Birthday to you......
    Hahaha.... So, how was your day? Sounds like a busy day. Btw, how's the poor kid?
    No cake on your birthday! But I made you a brioche. hehe... A special dedication for you on your big day. hope you will like it eventhough you can't have them yourself! I eat them for you. OK! haha... Have a wonderful weekend.
    Best wishes, kristy

  3. Btw, your roasted pork looks great!

  4. Thank you Victoria, that was nice of you to comment! Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Ha! Kristy! Thank you dear one! No, I didn't get a home made cake. They did buy one for me at work though. I did love to see your beautiful, creative brioche! Thank you so much for that! I was hoping just to slip my B-day by.

    P.S. I know your family doesn't eat pork, so that was nice of you to say!

    BTW, she broke her arm in three places, and was back to school on Friday!

  6. Happy belated bday to you Lyndsey...Hope you have a peaceful weekend after the hectic week you'd been through! Your pork roast looks delicious!

  7. what a great roast - been thinking about a pork one all week... this sounds great.

  8. It looks delicious! Love all the spices in it and that rum is unique in it. Happy belated birthday. And here's to the kids making it easy for you, no more broken bones, etc!

  9. This dish looks so delicious! And the recipe sounds very interesting too :)!

  10. Best of luck with your work in school. The pork looks awesome. Love the flavors going on here.

  11. This looks really yummy ! I can imagine it would be great on sandwiches as you suggested, too .... mmmmmm :) Have a great week !

  12. Sometimes the leftovers are better than the original dinner! Your pork roast looks wonderful, Lyndsey! The allspice and rum are unusual ingredients in your dish.

  13. Belated B day wishes dear...hope u had a great weekend.
    absolutely stunning recipe...must have tasted great too...:)

  14. What a wonderful looking roast. I love the unusual ingredients that you've used in your recipe. I love to visit here. Your food and recipes are terrific. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  15. It sounds like a great recipe and looks delicious. Isn't it wonderful to cook some of those foods that mom used to fix?

  16. Another glorious recipe--each one I read at your blog is like unwrapping a present! Speaking of which, keep on eye out for a special delivery and Happy Birthday, Lyndsey!

  17. Great looking pork. My mom always let us choose our birthday meals too, and I've continued the tradition with my kids. I think it's so much more personalized than going out to eat and my kids have fond memories of what they chose as their favorites.

  18. Real comfort food there! I think I'll put this on my list of dinners and soon.

  19. I am in love with roast pork,and this looks just delicious!

  20. WOW that looks soo goooddddd.. I'm not a pork fan but I think your pictures have turned me!

  21. Jeannie, and Drick - thanks so much!

    Pam - thanks, so far so good no more broken bones!

    Cooking Gallery - Thanks you!

    Lazaro - Thanks, it's always a challenge to work with kids and parents!

    Lynda - I do like to use leftover pork roast, the best on sandwiches and fried rice!

    Barbara - Your right sometime I make dishes just for the leftovers. I use allspice in my chili too and dark beer instead of rum.

    Jay - thanks for the b-day wish, your comment is so nice!

    Mary , thanks that was so nice of you to say. It means a lot to me! Have a great day!

    Diana(Di) - Food has such good memories attached, whether you liked the food or not!

    Jenn - thanks a ton for your kind comments, it's always a pleasure to read all the nice things you say. You are too generous, I'll have to post about it you know!

    Mags - yes I still remember being able to choose dinner. I was always the one that didn't like the common things like shrimp, hot dogs, ham, everyone likes those but me! So this was a great thing!

    Ricepatty - Thanks, hope you enjoy it!

    Julie - thanks, and it's nice to meet you!

    Eugenia - thank you! So happy to enable! :D

  22. Lyndsey thanks for your encouragement with my new food blog endeavor. I'm not sure if Martha talked me into it or not ;) I'm excited about it!

  23. This sounds soooo good Lyndsey. I'm bookmarking it for the winter months. Sorry to hear that you are back at work but I'm sure the routine will settle down quickly (it always does)!

  24. Omit the rum? Are you crazy?! That's what makes this recipe! :-) It sounds and looks great! thanks!

  25. I can see myself requesting this meal for my birthday too! Happy b-day by the way.

  26. Oh my gosh, that pork looks amazing! Happy Belated Birthday wishes, too =) ope everything's falling back into place ;)

  27. Wow! I've never made a Caribbean pork roast before. This is a must make for us.

  28. my girls all come back to school on Thursday, thats when I serve them all for the first time this year...I have missed them its time for school to start! Your pork roast looks beyond incredible, and I can just imagine having pulled pork out of the left overs! Thanks for sharing a wonderful meal with us!


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