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Preparation time: 1440 minutes
Cooking time: 240 minutes
Ingredients (for 10-12 people) :
-3kg neck of pork, cut into a few large piecesMethod: First make the marinade: Warm the spices in a dry frying pan for a few minutes, then grind to a fine powder.
-1 habañero or Scotch bonnet chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
For the marinade:
-1 teaspoon allspice berries
-2 teaspoons freshly ground cumin seeds
-½ teaspoon cloves
-1 teaspoon peppercorns
-100g achiote paste
-3 tablespoons cider vinegar
-1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
-3 fat garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
-large bunch of fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
-3 fresh bay leaves
-2 tablespoons sea salt
-3 tablespoons olive oil
-juice of 6 oranges (about 450ml)
Steamed rice or potatoes
Place in a blender with the achiote, vinegar, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and olive oil and pulse to start breaking up the achiote.
Slowly pour in the orange juice with the motor running to get a smooth paste.
Pour about two-thirds of the marinade over the pork, ensuring that it is thoroughly coated. Refrigerate overnight.
Freeze your remaining marinade or keep it fresh for a week in the fridge (and try it with something else, like barbecued chicken).
Preheat the oven to 130°C/250°F/gas 1.
Transfer the pork and its marinade to a large casserole dish and add the chopped chilli and butter.
Bring to simmering point, cover with foil and a tight-fitting lid and cook as slowly as possible for 3–4 hours, until the pork is soft and falling apart.
Serve chunks of pork in deep bowls with rice or steamed potatoes, lots of sauce and piles of the Pink pickled onions on top.