Spicy Soul Pork Roast

Fall has not yet arrived in SW Florida. Temperatures hit record highs this week. Who wants to fire up the oven with those temperatures, right? I had this big Boston Butt pork roast in the freezer and was waiting for cooler weather... Oh well, I really wanted to try this Soul Pork Roast recipe so the AC had to work overtime again!

The original recipe read like this, (with my notes like this)

* 1(5-pound) Boston Butt roast
* 1/4 cup garlic, diced
* 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
* 1 tsp thyme
* 1 tsp basil
* 2 jalapeno or cayenne peppers, diced (I used jalapeno)
* 4 tbsp salt (1 TBSP)
* 4 tbsp cracked black pepper (2 TBSP)
* 1/4 cup oil
* 2 cup onion, chopped
* 1 cup celery, chopped
* 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
* 6 garlic cloves, chopped
* 6 carrots, sliced 1 inch (didn't have these, I obviously omitted)
* 1 quart beef or chicken stock (chicken)
* 1 cup green onions
* 1/2 cup parsley, chopped (I didn't have this either)
* dash of hot sauce (Several dashes- I rubbed on roast as well)

Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a small mixing bowl, combine diced garlic, green onions, thyme, basil, jalapeno or cayenne peppers, salt and pepper. Using a paring knife, pierce approximately ten, 1-inch holes through the roast and season each pocket with an equal amount of the mixture. This will give great internal flavor to the roast. 

Season the outside of the roast completely with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. In a heavy-bottomed dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Sear 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Surround roast with onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic and carrots. Pour in stock, bring to a rolling boil and reduce to simmer. Cover, place in oven, and allow to cook 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until roast is tender. Add green onions, parsley and a dash of hot sauce. 

Remove roast and place on a serving platter. Allow to rest 15 minutes prior to slicing. Serve over steamed white rice with a generous portion of the pan drippings and a slice of corn bread.

The word soul is used to describe not only the music created in the slave quarters and cotton fields of the South, but a cooking style as well. To best describe it, one would say it takes a whole lot of soul to create something out of nothing. Lesser cuts of meat, trimmings and leftover vegetables were often thrown into a black iron pot in a slave cabin to create a dish that far surpassed an entree in the "main house. " The flavor of soul is evident in this wonderful pork roast.

I have to agree, the roast was awesome! The pork was tender, nice and spicy, without too much heat. I thickened the drippings, served over left over baked potatoes, cut in chunks with skins on.


Joan Nova said...

Kathy, Looks delicious and I know it was because of the ingredients you used. Did you do the typical South FL thing and serve it with rice, beans & plantains?

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This looks absoluteley delicious! So tender and flavorful!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks wonderful. I love all the history too.

Southern Grace Gourmet said...

Looks really good, is too hot here in central florida too for autumn food, but I'm just cranking the A/C! LOL

Print Brochures said...

Wow! This recipe looks really perfect for me. I love spicy foods and I would really have to try this one. Roast Pork! Yummy! Thank you for sharing this nice recipe to us.:)

MAC said...

This has to be one of the best looking roasts I've seen. I don't normally buy Boston Butt because it takes so long to cook. Why I've never thought about the crock pot I'll never know. As soon as they go on sale again, which should be soon, I'm buying one and making this!

Pam said...

Hey, happy belated birthday and thank you so much for my wish....hugs!

Danielle said...

Mmm that looks so delicious, tender, and flavourful!

figtree said...

I think Ill make this Sunday!Thanks for the idea.Figtreeapps

Auntie E-Kitchen said...

I think I would like this recipe.

Tracy said...

This looks delicious. With the weather getting colder, crock pot recipes are going to be great.

Eralda LT said...

MMmm..looks so delicious!

Gladys Kock said...

The pork roast seems pretty alluring to the palate with a spicy kick. I like basil but never thought of pairing basil with pork. I suppose it'd be a great combination.

Velva said...

This roast pork looks great! What a great recipe.

This weekend was the first time, we turned the a/c off and opened the windows. I am so ready for cooler weather!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is soooo good. The first time I made it I used the original one and while I loved the black pepper, it overwhelmed it! I'm going to try again with your adjustments which seem just right.

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