Boliche (Cuban Pot Roast)

Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Prep: 1 hour

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

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Red Chile Marinade

  • 3 dried nora chiles or 1 pasilla chile
  • 6 dried ancho chiles
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon toasted ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature


  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves  
  • 2 cloves garlic  
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes  
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley  
  • 1 cup chopped fresh oregano  
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Pork Loin

  • 4 lbs. Smithfield® Prime Boneless Pork Loin
  • 12oz. chorizo Bilbao sausage (semi-cured chorizo)
  • 2 lbs. small peanut fingerling potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, for garnish
  • 2 cups arugula leaves, for garnish

1.To make the Red Chile Marinade, remove the stem and seeds from both chiles. Toast chiles in a dry pan until just fragrant but no color forms, about 2 minutes.

2.Place toasted chiles and hot water in blender; blend on high until smooth. Add garlic, honey, thyme, rosemary, pepper, olive oil and salt to blender; blend until smooth. Let cool.

3.Beat together 1/4 of marinade and butter. Set aside at room temperature.

4.To make Chimichurri, combine vinegar, bay leaves, garlic and chile flakes in blender; blend until smooth. Combine with parsley, oregano and olive oil; season to taste with kosher salt.

5.To make Pork Loin, using a knife-honing steel, hollow out the very center of the loin. Place the Bilbao sausage in the hole you have created. Spread the marinade (not marinade-butter) evenly over stuffed pork loin and let marinate in refrigerator at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.

6.Heat oven to 375ºF. Place pork loin on a roasting rack.  Toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon marinade-butter and kosher salt; place around the pork loin on rack.  Roast until internal temperature of pork reaches 145ºF., about 1 hour. Remove from oven and brush remaining marinade-butter mixture all over pork; let stand at least 10 minutes before carving.

7.Serve pork loin with roasted potatoes and garnish with arugula leaves, toasted pine nuts and Chimichurri.