• 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • One 2-piece Mexican cinnamon, (Ceylon)* or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly gound coffee
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 pound pork loin roast

  • For Cranberry Relish

  • 10 ounces frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup water
Place the cumin and coriander seeds in a small skillet, set over medium heat; toast the spices until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Place the cumin, coriander, salt, peppercorns, chile powder, oregano, and cinnamon in a spice grinder (or use a mortar and pestle); grind to a fine powder. Combine the ground spices with the coffee. Rub one tablespoon of the oil all over the surface of pork loin. Rub the spice mixture over the surface of the pork, making sure to coat all sides. Place the pork in a zip-top bag or non-reactive container, and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.

In the meantime, make the cranberry relish: In a medium pan set over medium-high heat, combine the cranberries, sugar, zest, juice, rum, and water; heat, while stirring for 2 minutes. Cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and bring to room temperature (the relish will thicken as it cools). Transfer to a bowl; cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 4 days.

When ready to cook the pork: Preheat the oven to 375 degree F. Heat the remaining oil in a large, ovenproof skillet set over medium-high heat (if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside). Remove the pork from the bag and place it on the hot pan. Sear the pork on all sides until browned, about 4-5 minutes total. Place the skillet in the oven (or transfer the pork to the prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven); cook until the internal temperature reads 150 degree F, about 45 minutes.

Allow the pork to rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving with the cranberry sauce.

8 to 10
 Servings


*Note: Mexican Cinnamon, also known as “canela” or Ceylon cinnamon, is soft and brittle. Its flavor is a bit spicier and sweeter than the ground cinnamon typically found in most grocery stores. Do not substitute it with a regular (cassia) cinnamon stick or you’ll break your spice grinder. In lieu of “canela,” use regular ground cinnamon.
The rub produces a deliciously dark and flavorful crust that enhances the taste of pork. Slice the loin thinly and serve it with the sweet and sour cranberry relish, as is traditional for Christmas.Other side dishes that go well with this are mashed sweet potato puree (Puré de Camote) or regular mashed potatoes, and buttered green beans.

Calories: 284 calories

Protein: 27 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Sodium: 421 milligrams

Cholesterol: 73 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 2 grams

Carbohydrates: 18 grams

Fiber: 2 grams