Cuban Sandwiches Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: April 8, 2020 Modified: September 24, 2020
Cuban Sandwiches Recipe

The marinated pork in these amazing sandwiches has a special spice rub and can be prepared in the crockpot or in the oven.

How To Make Cuban Sandwiches

  • 6 long sandwich rolls or hoagie rolls (split in half)
  • 12 thin slices smoked ham
  • 18 thin slices swiss cheese
  • 12 thin slices kosher dill pickles (sliced lengthwise)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (processed until smooth)

For Cuban Roast Pork:

  • 8 lb pork loin or shoulder (boned)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or grapefruit juice
  • 1 large green bell pepper (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 large onion (coarsely chopped)

For Spice Rub for Pork:

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp thyme, dried (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (ground)
  1. Mix together the spice rub ingredients. Then spread the mixture over the pork and set aside.
  2. Combine the lime and orange juices with water or wine and add in the chopped onion and pepper. If you want, you can marinate the pork in this mixture overnight or you can pour the mixture over the pork in a roasting pan or slow cooker then cover and cook immediately.
  3. If you’re using a slow cooker, cook the pork on low for 8-10 hours or overnight. Then soak it in juice.
  4. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and discard the fat. Slice or shred the pork as desired. Note that pork can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for 3 days.
  5. Strain the pork’s juices into a glass container then skim off the fat. Then pour these juices over the pork. If using an oven, place the pork in a Dutch oven or roasting pan and pour the juices.
  6. Cover and roast the pork in the oven for 3-4 hours at 350-degrees Fahrenheit or until the roast is nice and tender. Then soak it in juice. Shred the pork afterward.

To Assemble Cuban Sandwich:

  1. Process the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and mix it with mayonnaise.
  2. Spread the chipotle mayonnaise on both sides of the sandwich/hoagie rolls. Then top them with slices of Swiss cheese, smoked ham, dill pickle, and shredded pork. Afterward, place the sandwiches on a cookie sheet.
  3. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high. Then place the cookie sheet with the Cuban sandwiches on the grill.
  4. Slice the sandwiches in half and serve them with chips or salad. Enjoy!

How To Make Cuban Sandwiches

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Prep: 14 hrs
Total: 14 hrs
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Ingredients

  • 6 long sandwich rolls or hoagie rolls, split in half
  • 12 thin slices smoked ham
  • 18 thin slices swiss cheese
  • 12 thin slices kosher dill pickles, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, processed until smooth

For Cuban Roast Pork:

  • 8 lb pork loin or shoulder, boned
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or grapefruit juice
  • 1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

For Spice Rub for Pork:

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp thyme, dried, crushed
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, ground

Instructions

  1. Mix together the spice rub ingredients. Then spread the mixture over the pork and set aside.

  2. Combine the lime and orange juices with water or wine and add in the chopped onion and pepper. If you want, you can marinate the pork in this mixture overnight or you can pour the mixture over the pork in a roasting pan or slow cooker then cover and cook immediately. 

  3. If you're using a slow cooker, cook the pork on low for 8-10 hours or overnight. Then soak it in juice.

  4. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and discard the fat. Slice or shred the pork as desired. Note that pork can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for 3 days.

  5. Strain the pork's juices into a glass container then skim off the fat. Then pour these juices over the pork. If using an oven, place the pork in a Dutch oven or roasting pan and pour the juices. 

  6. Cover and roast the pork in the oven for 3-4 hours at 350-degrees Fahrenheit or until the roast is nice and tender. Then soak it in juice. Shred the pork afterward.

To Assemble Cuban Sandwich: 

  1. Process the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and mix it with mayonnaise.

  2. Spread the chipotle mayonnaise on both sides of the sandwich/hoagie rolls. Then top them with slices of Swiss cheese, smoked ham, dill pickle, and shredded pork. Afterward, place the sandwiches on a cookie sheet.

  3. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high. Then place the cookie sheet with the Cuban sandwiches on the grill.

  4. Slice the sandwiches in half and serve them with chips or salad. Enjoy!

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