Rum-Glazed Pork, photo by Hispanic Kitchen

Rum-Glazed Pork

Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 5 hours
Servings: 6 servings
This perfectly marinaded dish is easy to make and wonderful for a special occasions.

Turn on your ovens and get ready for this succulent, slow-roasted rum glazed pork! Don't worry, it's easy to make. The real work goes into the glaze and the marinade. The end result is a finger-licking center piece that will be devoured in minutes. Serve this with your favorite holiday side dishes, anything goes: yuca, white rice, or mashed potatoes. Thankfully, this goes well with everything.


  • For the Marinade
  • pounds pork shoulder trimmed
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup lime juice fresh
  • tablespoons garlic fresh, minced
  • tablespoons oregano fresh, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cumin ground
  • 1 coriander ground
  • 1/4 tablespoon allspice ground
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground mace
  • 2 tablespoons curing salt
  • 4 cups hot water
  • For the Rum Glaze
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • tablespoons garlic fresh, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cumin ground
  • 1 tablespoon coriander ground
  • 1/4 tablespoon allspice ground
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup lime juice fresh
  • 2 cups orange juice fresh
  • 1/2 cup veal or ham demi-glace
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper freshly ground, to taste
  • tablespoons fresh oregano chopped

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For the Marinade
  1. Mix all ingredients except pork shoulder in nonreactive bowl; reserve in refrigerator until chilled.
  2. Add marinade to pork in a roasting dish; cover with plastic wrap; marinate 24 hours.
For the Rum Glaze
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan set over medium heat; add garlic, cumin, coriander, allspice, cook for two minutes.
  2. Add rum. Stand back as it might ignite, add brown sugar, molasses, juices, and salt and pepper. Cook until sauce reduces but remains thick. Add demi-glace; bring to a simmer; strain, add oregano and reserve.
  1. Heat oven to 200˚F.
  2. Remove pork from marinade; place pork in roasting pan. Brush the glaze generously on the pork. Roast for one hour. Brush more glaze on the pork. Continue roasting until cooked through and tender, basting occasionally with sauce, for a total cooking time of about 4 hours.
  3. Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes; slice pork into thick pieces. Enjoy with your favorite side dish.
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