Rotisserie pork roast with bitter orange glaze

Rotisserie pork roast butter orange


5hrs 20mins

8 servings


For the marinade

  • 180g olive oil
  • 10g fennel seeds
  • 10g cumin seeds
  • 20g fenugreek
  • 40g annatto
  • 2g black peppercorns
  • 20g yellow mustard seeds
  • 300g orange juice
  • 60g lime juice
  • 7 lime leaves
  • 4kg boned pork shoulder
  • 45g orange zest, finely grated

For the pickled bitter orange

  • 25g olive oil
  • 4g black mustard seeds
  • 3g cumin seeds
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4g ground fenugreek
  • 5g chilli powder
  • 1 large Seville orange
  • 50g white wine vinegar
  • 40g lime juice


To make the marinade, heat the olive in a pan and toast all the spices for approximately 5 minutes over a moderate heart. Allow to cool slightly, then blitz along with the juice and lime leaves in a mini food processor.

Roll out the pork shoulder and spread the mixture on it. Add the finely grated orange zest and roll up the shoulder, securing with butcher’s string.

Light the coals on the HUB and once they are ready, insert the spit roasting rod through the pork shoulder and secure. Place on the spit and begin cooking on the level 3. The surface temperature on the meat should read 70-80C/158-176F. Check every 30 minutes and top up the charcoal as needed. This will take approximately 4-5 hours.

The pork should be golden in colour and the core temperature should read between 65-80C/149-176F when probed with a thermometer. Remove from the heat and allow to rest for 1 hour before serving. For the pickled bitter orange, heat the olive in a pan and toast all the spices for approximately 5 minutes over a moderate heart. Cut the orange into 12 wedges and add to the pan, combining well. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar and lime juice and increase the heat, allowing the mixture to come to the boil for one minute.

Remove the mixture from the heat and place in a sterilized jar. Reserve until needed, and serve alongside the pork.


This is a Heston Blumenthal Recipe