Roast Pork Calypso Recipe

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Roast Pork Calypso

Vickie Parks


This is a wonderful Caribbean recipe from the island of Jamaica. It's traditionally served with corn muffins or Cornmeal Coo-Coo and Christophene au Gratin (a tropical squash/chayote dish).

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10 Min
1 Hr 40 Min


5-6 lb
lean pork loin, preferably center cut
2 c
chicken stock
1 c
light brown sugar
2 Tbsp
dark rum
2 tsp
finely chopped garlic
2 tsp
ground ginger
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1 medium
bay leaf,crumbled
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1/4 c
light rum
2 tsp
arrowroot (or 1 tbsp flour or 1/2 tbsp cornstarch)
1 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
fresh lime juice


1Preheat the oven to 350°F.

With a sharp knife, lightly score the pork loin by making diagonal cuts 1/4 inch deep at 1-inch intervals on the fat side. Place the pork scored side up in a shallow roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably.
2If you prefer to use a meat thermometer, insert it into the loin after you have scored the fat side. Be sure the tip of the thermometer does not touch any fat or bone.
3Roast the loin in the middle of the oven for 1 hour, or until the pork is golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the loin to a cutting board or platter. Skim the fat from the juices in the pan, pour in the stock, and set the pan and its liquid aside.
4With a large mortar and pestle or in a small bowl with the back of a spoon, mash the brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of dark rum, garlic, ginger, cloves, bay leaf, salt and pepper to a smooth paste. With a metal spatula or your fingertips, spread the paste evenly over the scored side of the pork.
5Return the loin to the pan scored side up and roast in the middle of the oven for another 30 minutes, or until the surface is crusty and brown. (The thermometer should reach a temperature of 160°F to 165°F.).
6Transfer the loin to a heated platter and let it rest for 10 minutes for easier carving.
7Meanwhile, slowly warm the light rum in a small skillet over low heat. Off the heat, ignite the rum with a match, then slide the skillet gently back and forth until the flames completely die out.
8Bring the liquid remaining in the baking pan to a boil over high heat.

Mix together arrowroot and water, and add it to the pan. Stirring constantly, cook briskly until the sauce thickens enough to coat the spoon heavily.
9Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flamed rum and the lime juice. Taste for seasoning and pour the sauce into a heated bowl or sauceboat.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Caribbean