Caribbean Jerk Pork Shanks – The very first dish I made in my Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet.
I have had it with frying pans. Teflon, ceramic they’re all the same. They last for a few months then the coating starts to wear down and it’s all downhill from there. I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet but the Le Creuset ones I saw in El Corte Ingles (Spanish version of Macy’s) cost 100 euro plus. After my last frying pan died though I started to do some more research and found the company Lodge. Their cast iron skillets were reasonably priced and available for delivery on the spanish amazon site. I ordered this cast iron skillet and started plotting the first dish I would make in it. Jerk pork is a popular dish in the Caribbean. Everyone loves a good jerk pork. A crowd favourite at beach limes or cricket games. One wouldn’t normally use pork shanks for jerk pork but I am anything but normal. Pork shanks are an affordable cut of meat but do require a lengthy cooking time. This dish starts on the stove top and finishes off in the oven. It’s a one pot meal thanks to my cast iron skillet.
The meat was tender and practically falling of the bones.
As it baked, the whole house smelt so good, sort of Christmassy. If that’s even a word. Later it occurred to me that even though we may not associate jerk seasoning with Christmas the spices used are essentially the same as in Christmas cakes and mulled wine. I added some garlic, onions and purple potatoes coming to the end of the cooking time. Serve over some roasted pumpkin and my guess is this would fit right in at your table.
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- 2 pounds / 1kg pork shanks
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups / 550ml vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground clove
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400ºF / 200ºC
- Coat pork shanks completely with Jerk seasoning. Lay it on thick.
- Sear the shanks on all sides on very high heat. About 4 minutes on each side should suffice.
- When all sides are browned add the stock and place your skillet in the oven.
- Set the timer for two hours.
- After two hours add your onion and potatoes and a bit more water or stock if needed.
- Cook for another 30 to 45 minutes until potatoes are tender.