Roast Pork Shoulder/Pá de Porco Assada

This recipe is based on the standard Portuguese way of roasting pork with a marinade of roasted red pepper paste, garlic, red wine vinegar and white wine. Relatively cheap cuts such as shoulder work particularly well. Although somewhat fatty they hold imense flavour and make for a fantastic slow roast with rich and deep-flavored juices.

Roast Pork Shoulder
Roast Pork Shoulder

1 Pork Shoulder Cut
2 Tablespoons of roast red pepper paste (massa de pimento)
2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 Teaspoon of pimenton or paprika
4 Crushed bayleaves
4 Smashed cloves of garlic
1 Glass of white wine
1 Tablespoon of butter

Generous sea salt and crushed black pepper

1. Marinate the joint in a mixture of roast pepper paste,  garlic crushed with a teaspoon of sea salt, crushed bay leaves, crushed black pepper, pimenton, olive oil and red wine vinegar overnight or 24 hours

2. Season with sea salt and cook in hot oven for 30 minutes in a roasting pan (Portuguese “barro” works particularly well as it retains the juices).

3. Baste, turn and cook in medium oven for 2 hours, checking for moisture occasionally (baste/add white wine if necessary). Cover with tin foil if necessary.

4. Remove the joint from the roasting pan and let it rest for 15 minutes covered with tin foil (make sure you let air go through)

5. Add a glass of white wine to the roasting pan and reduce to make a jus. Mix a teaspoon of cornflour with a little white wine and add to the pan. Taste, correct seasoning, strain, add a tablespoon of butter and stir. Keep warm until service.

6. Remove crackling from joint (this should be crispy), chop finely and use as topping for accompanying green salad. Carve the joint in .5 cm slices and serve with the jus.

Tips: Check cooking state of joing by piercing a carving fork through the thickest area and checking whether juices are clear. You’ll almost certainly want your pork well cooked.
Serve with roast potatoes or Portuguese fried potatoes and a green salad using some of the chopped crackling as topping.

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Pedro Rebelo

Pedro is a composer, sound artist and performer. In 2002, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh where he conducted research in both music and architecture. Pedro has recently led participatory projects involving communities in Belfast, favelas in Maré, Rio de Janeiro, travelling communities in Portugal and a slum town in Mozambique. This work has resulted in sound art exhibitions at venues such as the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Centro Cultural Português Maputo, Espaço Ecco in Brasilia and Parque Lage and Museu da Maré in Rio, Museu Nacional Grão Vasco and MAC Nitéroi. His music has been presented in venues such as the Melbourne Recital Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ars Electronica, Casa da Música, and in events such as Weimarer Frühjahrstage fur zeitgenössische Musik, Wien Modern Festival, Cynetart and Música Viva. His work as a pianist and improvisor has been released by Creative Source Recordings and he has collaborated with musicians such as Chris Brown, Mark Applebaum, Carlos Zingaro, Evan Parker and Pauline Oliveros as well as artists such as Suzanne Lacy. His writings reflect his approach to design and creative practice in a wider understanding of contemporary culture and emerging technologies. Pedro has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (2007), senior visiting professor at UFRJ, Brazil (2014) and Collaborating Researcher at INEM-md Universidade Nova, Lisboa (2016). He has been Music Chair for international conferences such as ICMC 2008, SMC 2009, ISMIR 2012 and has been invited keynote speaker at ANPPOM 2017, ISEA 2017, CCMMR 2016 and EMS 2013. At Queen's University Belfast, he has held posts as Director of Education, Director of Research and Head of School. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Sonic Arts at Queen's and awarded the Northern Bank's "Building Tomorrow's Belfast" prize. He has recently been awarded two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council including the interdisciplinary project “Sounding Conflict”, investigating relationships between sound, music and conflict situations. Ongoing research interests include immersive sound design and augmented listening experiences. Pedro has been appointed Director of the Sonic Arts Research Centre in 2021.

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