The morning you want to roast the pig, dig a hole in the ground large enough to fit the pork. Cover the ground well with banana leaves (to avoid getting the pig dirty) and place the pig inside. Cover with more banana leaves, one or two metal sheets (hojas de zinc) large enough to cover the hole completely. Build your fire on top of the metal sheets with wood. Depending on the size of the pig and the heat, it should take around 9 to 10 hours to cook. Test for doneness by pricking the thigh with the point of a knife, if the liquid runs clear, the meat is done.
Cuban Style Roast Pork
is traditionally served with Arroz Congri (Red Beans with Rice)
and Yuca con Mojo (Boiled Yucca with Garlic Sauce).
Soak the beans in a large pot with water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Bring the beans to a boil, reduce the heat and let cook for 1 hour and a half to forty five minutes or until tender, adding water if necessary.
Cut the salt pork into medium chunks and cook in a large casserole. Remove from casserole and drain in paper towel. Cook the ham chunks in the rendered fat for 5 minutes. Remove the ham and wipe out the casserole with more paper towel.
Add the oil and cook the onion, garlic, and bell pepper over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Return the salt pork and ham to the casserole.
Add the beans and 5 cups of the cooking liquid (add water if necessary) to the onions and bell pepper. Raise the heat to high, add the oregano, cumin, sugar, salt, pepper, and rice, and cook, uncovered, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir the rice with a fork, reduce the heat to low, and cook 10 to 15 minutes more until done.
Meanwhile, prepare the Garlic Sauce, or Mojo Criollo: Mash the garlic and salt into a paste. Stir in the orange juice. In a saucepan, heat the oil just to a boiling point and remove it from the heat. Whisk in the orange juice mixture until well blended.
Transfer the yucca
to a serving bowl or platter, and toss with the garlic sauce. Sprinkle
with the parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.