Every Christmas table needs a delicious main-course. This slow-cooked pork roast is the one that all guests will love.

November 01, 2013


In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, grind together the cumin, red-pepper flakes, and salt. Add the ginger and garlic and grind again to form a paste. Rub the paste all over the pork and inside any cavities, and place the pork, fat side up, in a small roasting pan. Cover the pan loosely with foil and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 and up to 8 hours. Remove the pork from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.

Preheat the oven to 250°. Roast the pork, uncovered, in the middle of the oven for 3½ hours, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145°. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and let it stand for 15 minutes before slicing or shredding. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds (or 1 tablespoon ground cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) boneless heritage pork roast
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