Sometimes I’m not overly excited about “French” versions of iconically American recipes. Sometimes they are amazing, and others? Well, I live in the US, so why bother with a dish that is too often defined by the ingredients that are not available? (I’ve stowed plenty of chiles and mass in my suitcase to be fair).
In full transparency, I did read that Cher liked this, so I had advanced knowledge. But I was also coming off of a party where something like this was served, and had guests coming who don’t typically eat meat. Decisions!!
Not wanting to always lag behind my friends, I bought my roast, saw that I had pretty much everything, and put my roast to absorbing all of the flavors in the rub.
Salt, smoked paprika, ancho chile powder, cinnamon, cocoa (was out of cumin…oops) along with some sea salt made for an aromatic and interesting rub!
Fast forward 24 hours, and a quick sauce thrown together (beer, barbecue sauce, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, a bit of soy and a little Sriracha), ready for a slow roast in the oven.
I have had misses on recipes from this book when I haven’t used Dorie Greenspan’s trick of foil and then the lid. Fortunately I remembered this time, so that the several hours of baking didn’t dry out the dish.
The roast gets turned over a few times, whenever you think of it. And ultimately comes out of the oven when it’s tender. I’m sure I roasted mine at 325 degrees for a little over 3 hours.
This turned out to be one of the big Franco-American hits!! The amount of sauce is perfect, the flavors balanced, and it was really easy!!
I’m sure some of this will get portioned out and put in the freezer for some other meals without enough time or too much heat. My friends want the recipe (another sure sign of something good) and I would definitely make this again.
The aroma? Amazing!! A delicious-smelling combination of the smoky paprika, combined with the sweet of the cinnamon and cocoa.
My guests arrived and the admitted carnivore had to taste it… proclaimed delicious! We brought it out again as part of a grazing kind of make-your-own-plate dinner. Paired with a little crusty bread, very yummy indeed.
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