Michael Symon for the win!
ROASTED PORK SHOULDER IN BANANA LEAVES:
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon Aleppo pepper
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 4- pound pork shoulder (bone-in, skinless)
2 banana leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
sweet Hawaiian rolls
lime (cut into wedges)
1/2 bunch cilantro (picked into plooms)
hot sauce (to taste)
pickled jalapeno slices
pickled red onion
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the coriander, cumin, Aleppo, salt, black pepper, and brown sugar. Season the pork, on both sides with the spice rub. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, remove the pork from the refrigerator and plastic wrap at least 30 minutes prior to cooking to allow it come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Place 4 long pieces of Butcher’s twine in a double-cross formation in the bottom of a large Dutch oven, resembling the pound sign. Strip the stems and veins of the banana leaves and lay them over the string, criss-crossing and overlapping. Place the pork on the banana leaves, fat side up, then drizzle pork with olive oil. Wrap the pork securely in the leaves, folding in all of the sides and overlapping them. Tie with Butcher’s twine tightly to form a tight package. Pour the water over the leaves to moisten.
Place in the oven and roast until meat is completely tender, and reaches an internal temperature of 195ºF, about 3 hours.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 1 hour.
To Serve: Slice the pork and remove to a platter. Drizzle with drippings and top with cilantro plooms and pickled red onions. Or make a sandwich by placing desired amount of pork in a sweet Hawaiian bun with desired toppings.
Tip: Use any leftover pork for a very tasty taco night!