Recado Rojo is a Mexican rub It works well with Mexican slow cooked Pulled Pork (Cochinita Pibil) and that recipe works well on the smoker
Pork butt, cubed -- 2 pounds
*Orange juice -- 1/2 cup
*Lime juice -- 1/2 cup
Recado rojo seasoning paste -- 3 or 4 tablespoons(recipe below)
Garlic, minced -- 5 or 6 cloves
Salt and pepper -- to season
Banana leaves, rinsed, hard spine removed -- 2 or 3
* origional recipe calls for Bitter Orange use it if you can find it
In a large, non-reactive bowl mix together the pork, orange and lime juice, recado rojo, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerated for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Lay banana leaves in the bottom of a roasting pan with the ends hanging over the sides. Place the pork and its marinade in the middle of the banana leaves. Fold the banana leaves up and over the pork, forming a package enclosing the meat. Tie the package closed with string if you like.
Place in the oven and roast for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the pork is very tender.
Adjust seasoning and serve in tortillas topped with cebollas encurtidas(pickleded red onions), spicy salsa and a side of black beans.
Annatto seeds -- 2 tablespoons
Peppercorns -- 1 tablespoon
Whole cloves or allspice berries -- 5 or 6
Mexican dried oregano -- 2 teaspoons
Cumin seeds -- 2 teaspoons
Cinnamon -- 1 teaspoon
Salt -- 2 teaspoons
Garlic cloves -- 8 to 10
Sour orange juice or vinegar -- 1/4 cup
Place all of the spices and the salt into a spice or coffee grinder and process until the spices are fully pulverized. This may take some time, as annatto seeds are very hard. Pass it through a sieve if necessary to remove any grit.
Place the garlic and sour orange juice or vinegar into a blender or small food processor and process until smooth.
Place the spices into a bowl and stir in the garlic puree until the paste is smooth. Set aside for at least a few hours before using to allow the flavors to meld.
Rub the recado into meats, poultry, fish or seafood a few hours before roasting or grilling it. Recado can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.
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