Chef Tom cooks up a Mojo Pork Cubano (inspired by Roy Choi’s recipe for the film Chef) on the Yoder Smokers YS640. We were excited that our friends Troy from T-Roy Cooks and Justin from Baby Back Maniac could join us to get a little taste of the sandwich as well.
Mojo Pork Cuban Sandwich Recipe
- 3 1/2 lb roast of boneless Boston butt pork shoulder
- Mojo marinade (recipe below)
- 6 oz thin sliced deli ham
- 1/2 lb swiss cheese, thin sliced
- 3 whole dill pickles, sliced thin, lengthwise
- yellow mustard
- 6 (6” long) soft baguettes or heroes split lengthwise
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
For the Mojo Marinade:
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup cilantro, minced
- >1 tbsp orange zest, finely grated
- 3/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 1/2 cup lime juice, fresh squeezed
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, minced
- 3 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- Kosher salt
- black pepper
Combine all of the Mojo marinade ingredients (except salt and pepper) in a bowl. Whisk to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Transfer to a large zip-top bag and add the pork. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into all sides of the pork. Place the bag in a foil pan or baking dish and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill to 450°F, set up for indirect grilling, with GrillGrates installed, flat sides up, over the firebox. Remove the pork from the marinade. Wipe excess marinade from the surface. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Transfer to the second shelf of the smoker. Cook for about 45 minutes, just until the outside starts to brown.
After 45 minutes, turn the grill down to 400ºF and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 170ºF, about two more hours. Remove from the grill and rest 30 minutes before slicing. Cut 1/4” thick slices.
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While the pork rests, cook the thinly sliced deli ham on the flat surface of the GrillGrates to brown the outside. Remove. Then, butter the cut sides of the bread and toast on the GrillGrates. Remove. Place grill weights on the grill to preheat.
Build the sandwiches. Two slices grilled ham, two slices roasted pork, one slice swiss cheese, two pickles and yellow mustard on the top bun.
Butter the flat surface of the GrillGrates. Place the sandwiches on the GrillGrates, butter the tops of the bread then place the grill weight on top of the sandwiches. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and the cheese is melting.