It’s been a while since I shared an international flavored recipe and this Slow Roasted Pork is a perfect dish using my Moroccan Spice blend. This is great with lamb as well! This aromatic and succulent pork is pull apart delicious after slow roasting in an easy to make spice blend with black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and other warm spices like nutmeg and cardamom. Your house will smell amazing!
Moroccan Slow Roasted Pork
There’s something special about a slow roasted dinner. The aroma permeates the house as the meat renders and cooks with the spices and the juices caramelize on the outside, while the inside is moist and tender.
This Moroccan Slow Roasted Pork is just that, and while served with roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, onion and apricots, this is all made in one pan.
Moroccan food always amazes me in that it skillfully uses meat, vegetables and fruit cohesively in one dish and with generous amounts of warm spices to bring it all together.
What’s in the Moroccan Spice Blend?
The Moroccan Seven Spice Blend is made up of black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and other warm spices like cardamom, nutmeg. No salt is added to the spice blend either, but I do rub the pork shoulder with both prior to slow roasting.
I like to serve this with large slices of roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, red onion, dried apricots and halved lemons. The vegetables roast along with the Moroccan Slow Roasted Pork. The rendering fat coating and caramelizing the vegetables that were tossed with olive oil and honey. All in one pan makes for an easy clean up, too.
Use the pan drippings and a squeeze the roasted lemon on top, serve with some chopped mint (optional) and this feeds a crowd. Enjoy!
For other amazing Moroccan dishes:
- Moroccan Chickpea Carrot Salad with Za’atar Croutons
chock full of shredded carrots, chickpeas and other veggies, pomegranate, feta and toasted pine nuts, but the kicker is the lemon and cumin dressing that brings this all together. Top with crunchy homemade Za’atar spiced croutons and dinner is served!
- Lamb Tagine with Dates and Apricots
This Lamb Tagine with Dates and Apricots has coriander, cinnamon and saffron mixed with the onion, garlic and almonds that simmer and the lamb is beyond tender.
- Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Toasted Fregula
I make this dish with a variety of bell peppers, zucchini and toasted fregula. If you are unfamiliar with fregula, or sometimes spelled fregola, it is a pasta that hails from Sardinia.
Moroccan Spiced Slow Roasted Pork
- 4 lb pork shoulder , bone in
- 4 tbsp Moroccan Seven Spice Blend (separated)
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 4 large carrots , cut into French fry-like wedges
- 2 large sweet potatoes , cut into French fry-like wedges
- 1 red onion , sliced thick
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 large lemons , halved
- 1/4 cup fresh mint (optional)
- Preheat oven to 225°F. Allow pork shoulder to come to room temperature.
- Rub salt and 3 tablespoons of Moroccan Seven Spice Blend all over pork shoulder, pressing to adhere. Allow to rest while oven heats up.
- Peel and cut the carrots into thick, French fry-like wedges. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into large, French fry-like wedges. Peel and cut onion in half vertically. Trim edges and cut into thick half inch slices. Toss all in a bowl with oil, honey and remaining tablespoon of Moroccan Spice Blend.
- In a large 13x9” baking dish place the pork shoulder in the center, fat side up and propped up if necessary with a few vegetables underneath. Arrange vegetables and fruit around pork. Pour chicken stock over pork and vegetables. Roast uncovered for 6 hours, or until fall apart tender with internal temperature of 205°F. About 90 minutes per pound. Baste occasionally while roasting.
- Allow to rest at least 20 minutes, covered with aluminum foil. Remove bone from pork and pull apart or cut into pieces. Serve with roasted vegetables and fruit. Spoon pan juices and squeeze lemons over pork and vegetables and sprinkle chopped mint on top.