Cuban Carne Asada (Cuban Pot Roast)
For traditional Cuban cooks my recipe for Carne Asada is a “disgrace” because I use store bought mojo* to marinate and cook the meat. But is so much faster and easier =) and because I marinate my meat for at least two days, the flavor is excellent, excusing my shortcut.
My Recipe for Cuban Carne Asada (Cuban Pot Roast)
Wash the meat and pierce it all around, several times. Pour Badia** mojo in each cut, dip into the meat. Add 2 bay leaves.
Keep the meat (in the marinate) in the refrigerator, turning it at least once a day to soak evenly in the mojo on both sides.
Homemade Mojo for Marinate
½ cup of Edmundo vino seco (dry white cooking wine)***
½ cup of Naranja Agria (Bitter Orange)****
6 cloves of garlic
Salt, pepper, cumin and oregano.
Blend all the ingredients.
- It’s important to marinate the meat for at least several hours.-
Heat the olive oil in your pressure cooker or heavy bottomed pot over high heat.
Add the roast to brown. Turn the roast so that all sides become browned. This is important because this process gives the color and look to the Carne Asada.
Add the marinate mojo, 3 cups of water and ½ cup or cooking wine.
Check liquid to adjust salt, pepper, cumin and oregano to taste.
Lock the lid in place. Over high heat, bring to high pressure.
Lower the heat and cook for 1 ½ hour.
If using a regular pot:
Once the liquid boils, lower the heat so it simmers. Keep the pot covered; checking it occasionally to make sure the liquid isn’t boiling off too quickly. If it does, add more water.
Simmer the roast for 2 -3 hours, until you can easily poke it and is very tender.
The roast will shrink and turn dark brown.
*Mojo is sauce, Cuban mojo is typically made with onion, garlic, and a citrus juice, traditionally sour orange juice, seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano and cumin. When use as a dipping sauce it is sautéd in olive oil.
** Badia is a Cuba-American brand of spices (headquartered in South Florida). You can find them is some Target or Walmartt stores in the Hispanic food section.
***Edmundo Vino Seco is a Cuban-American brand (Manufactured by Mizkan Americas Inc. for Bodegas Morera) of cooking wine. There are white, golden and red cooking wine varieties.
**** Naranja Agria is sour or bitter citrus fruit that is used in Latin Caribbean cooking to marinate meats and add a unique flavor. A good substitute is 1/3 cup lime juice & 2/3 cup orange juice.
Goya brand is the largest, private, entirely family-owned food company in the USA. Founded in 1936 in New York, by the Spanish Unanue family.