Mojo Pork: A Mouth-watering Cuban Delight

Mojo Pork, also known as Cuban Roast Pork, is a crowd favorite that has been delighting taste buds since it first graced the pages of Foodie with Family in 2009. Its irresistible combination of fragrant flavors, crispy edges, and succulent meat makes it easy to see why this recipe has captured the hearts of many cooking enthusiasts.

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Cuban Roast Pork is a culinary wonder that manages to be both simple and versatile. With just a few everyday ingredients and the help of a slow cooker, you can create a masterpiece that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Easy-to-Follow Cuban Pork Recipe

When we say this recipe is easy, we mean it’s as easy as strolling through the vibrant streets of New Orleans. Our Cuban Pork Recipe is designed to be cooked in a slow cooker and then crisped in the oven or an air fryer before serving.

To make this dish, simply place a pork shoulder in the slow cooker and add whole cloves of garlic, oregano, cilantro stems, salt, pepper, lime juice, and frozen orange juice concentrate. Cover and let it cook on high overnight or all day.

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For easier handling, you can chill the cooked pork and juices, allowing the fat to solidify for easy removal. Once the excess fat has been taken care of, use your hands to break up the pork and run a knife through it. Strain the pan juices, boil them to reduce, and then pour the flavorful sauce over the pulled pork. Reheat in the oven or an air fryer, and voila! You have a show-stopping meal.

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The Versatility of Cuban Mojo Pork

“But what do I do with 10 pounds of Cuban Pork?” you may ask. Fear not, because the possibilities are endless. Once cooked, the pork weighs about 40% less, leaving you with approximately 6 pounds of tender, juicy meat.

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From burritos and quesadillas to Cuban sandwiches and sliders, your family will never tire of indulging in the deliciousness of Cuban Mojo Pork. And the leftover pork provides the foundation for mouthwatering dishes like Filthy Burgers, Pulled Pork Huevos Rancheros, Barbecue Pulled Pork Pizza, Taco Soup, and more.

Feel free to divide the cooked pork into meal-sized portions and store them in the freezer. Having containers of Mojo Pork on hand will save you from the dreaded “what’s for dinner” blues.

A Recipe That Scales to Any Occasion

Over the years, we’ve received countless emails from people who have adapted the Cuban Pork recipe to fit gatherings both large and small. Whether it’s a church supper, wedding reception, or an intimate dinner for two, this recipe has proven its versatility time and time again. In fact, it was even served at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding!

If you’ve had the pleasure of trying this recipe, we would love to hear about your experience. Did you make any modifications? Was it the star of a special occasion? Share your Mojo Pork journey with us!

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How to Make Mojo Pork: Step-by-Step Instructions

To make Mojo Pork, start by placing an untrimmed pork shoulder in a slow cooker. Add garlic cloves, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes or fresh jalapeños around the pork. Dollop frozen orange juice concentrate over the top and pour lime juice around the edges. Toss in cilantro stems and cover the slow cooker. Cook for 1 hour on high, then 7 hours on low until the meat is tender.

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Once cooked, refrigerate the slow cooker bowl until it’s cool to the touch. Remove the congealed fat and discard. Transfer the pork shoulder to a cutting board, removing any remaining fat.

Strain the cooking juices, add lime juice, and bring to a boil. Reduce the sauce until it reaches 1/4 of its original volume.

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Remove the bone from the pork shoulder and scrape off as much fat as possible. Using your hands or forks, shred the pork into small pieces. Place the pork in a baking dish and pour the reduced pan juices over it. Cover the dish tightly with foil.

For immediate enjoyment, heat the dish in a preheated 350ºF oven for 25 minutes or until the pork is hot throughout. If preparing ahead of time, you can refrigerate or freeze the dish for later use.

Reheating Instructions

Reheating the Mojo Pork is a breeze. If the dish is chilled, place it, still covered in foil, in a preheated 350ºF oven for 30 minutes. If it’s frozen, heat it in the same manner for 45 minutes or until heated through.

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And there you have it! Mojo Pork, a true Cuban delicacy that will transport your taste buds to the sun-soaked streets of Havana. So go ahead, serve up this mouth-watering dish, and let the flavors of Cuba delight your senses.

This post was originally published in March 2009, republished in 2012, and updated with new photos in February 2022. For more tantalizing recipes like this one, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.