Cubano Sandwiches with Smoked Pork or Mojo Pork as it is called
- 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- Zest of 1 lime
- Zest of 1 orange
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 boneless pork shoulder (2 to 3 pounds)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Four 6-inch loaves Cuban bread
- 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
- 4 pickles, thinly sliced (about 20 slices)
- 12 ounces shaved deli ham
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Trim off most of the fat cap to the pork shoulder and score the shoulder with X marks along all the sides.
- Combine all marinade ingredients in a large stock pot and stir to incorporate.
- Place the pork shoulder into the stock pot.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If the pork shoulder floats, then flip it half way through the marinating process.
- Remove pork from marinade
- Smoke the pork shoulder using any fruit tree wood. Apple cherry or peach. Internal temp of pork around 185°
TO ASSEMBLE THE SANDWICHES
- Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium/medium high heat. Or use a Panini press,
- Cut rolls in half, lengthwise, and butter both sides on the inside.
- Press down, buttered side, onto preheated skillet to get a light toast onto the inside of the roll. (About three minutes or until slightly golden).
- Remove from heat.
- On toasted roll start layering the sandwich.
- First apply the Dijon mustard to both sides of the roll.
- On the bottom roll layer with 1 slice of Swiss cheese (you may need to cut in half for the length of the sandwich)
- Add ¼ lb smoked pulled pork.
- Next add ham and sliced dill pickles.
- Then top with another slice of Swiss cheese.
- Finish by adding salt and pepper.
- Cover with the top of the hoagie roll, and then slather butter to the top and bottom of the roll.
- Place the sandwich onto the skillet and press with a heavy object like another cast iron pan.
- Flip after five minutes and repeat by pressing the sandwich with a heavy weight.
- Cook until the crust forms and the cheese is melted (about 4-5 minutes per side).
- Serve warm. The sandwich will press down flat and have a nice toast to it, the Swiss cheese acts like a glue, so be sure it’s melted enough