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Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork on top of rice

Pork Roast is slowly cooked in a delicious Mojo sauce made from garlic, citrus, cumin, and olive oil. Mojo is a traditional colorful Cuban vinaigrette that adds amazing flavor to this simple, yet delicious shredded Pork Roast. Served over rice it’s the perfect meal!

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A few weeks ago Mars (my husband) and I spent our anniversary weekend attending a home show in Southern Utah. While down there we stumbled upon this darling little food trailer. It was so charming that we just had to stop and check it out.

The menu was unique and everything looked so good. I wasn’t sure what to order until I saw a “Cuban Pork Sandwich”! I’ve seen lots of recipes on Pinterest for Cuban Pork Sandwiches. I’ve always wanted to try one, but here in Utah they’re pretty hard to find in local restaurants. I’m sure in Florida they’re a dime a dozen. Not so much so here in my country town.

I was feeling particularly adventurous that day so I ordered a “Cuban” with fries, the BEST fries I’ve ever had in my life by the way… and waited with great anticipation. I was not disappointed! Goodness me! It was an explosion of flavor. From the very first bite there was a Par-Tay going on in my mouth! 

I spent the next week dreaming about that sandwich! The flavors were so amazing. I just had to try making this dish at home! So I did!

What makes Cuban Pork…well…Cuban, is the Mojo Sauce. Mojo sauce is the national table sauce of Cuba. It is a colorful vinaigrette traditionally made with the fresh juice of sour oranges. However, finding sour oranges here in the states is nearly impossible, so generally chefs substitute regular oranges and limes to recreate the flavor of sour oranges.  

There are several ways to prepare traditional authentic Cuban pork. From slowly roasting in the oven to cooking it in a slow cooker! For my version of this Cuban dish I am using my slow cooker! I’m all about the “easy”!

How to Cook Cuban Style Roast Pork

Place 1 bone-in, or boneless, pork shoulder roast (about 4 pounds) in the bottom of slow cooker. You can use the little pork loin roast from Costco. They work well in this recipe.

TIP: You can mix all the mojo ingredients together and then pour it over the pork roast…but I’m not a big fan of washing more dishes than necessary. So I just dump it in the slow cooker and let it do it’s thang!

Top with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 2 teaspoons cumin, and 8 cloves of garlic! That’s right…EIGHT CLOVES! This is a vampire repellant dish! (Might make your two year old stop biting their siblings…just sayin’)

Pork Roast in bottom of slow cooker with spices and garlic

Add the zest of 1 orange and 1 lime. This is where the vibrant colors and flavor of Cuba come into play! Isn’t it beautiful! Honestly this is when I get excited about cooking! When flavors and colors combine to create a wonderfully authentic dish. It tells a story of cultures.

Pork Roast topped with citrus zest

Add 3/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed. Like wise with the lime. You’ll need 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice and 1/2 cup olive oil.

Tip: Make sure you use the orange you just zested! Let’s not waste that orange!

 

Adding citrus juice and lime zest.

Add a little more color by adding 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro! Take a spoon and lightly mix everything, making sure to spoon the juices up and over the top of the pork roast.

adding chopped cilantro to pork roast

Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Make sure to check on the roast from time to time. The reason being…not all slow cookers cook at the same “low” temperature. I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again…I feel the newer slow cookers cook at a much high temperature than the one Grandma had. So check the roast. It should almost fall apart when it’s done.

The house is going to smell incredible and different all at the same time. Because this is a high citrus dish the smells are slightly sweeter than you’d expect with a slow cooked roast. Don’t let that throw you. Trust me…the flavor in this dish is outstanding!

Carefully remove tender pork roast from the slow cooker and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Turn the edges of the foil up around the edges.

Spoon some of the Mojo juices over roast, reserving the rest for later, and place in preheated oven set for broil.  Broil until the edges of the pork roast and the top of the roast are slightly crispy and brown.

Cooked Pork

Remove browned roast from the oven, using two forks gently shred the pork roast. Spoon remaining mojo sauce over the shredded pork. Ya wanna dive in don’t ya? Doesn’t that roast look tender and juicy! Full of exotic flavors.

shredded pork roast with Mojo juices

At this point you can do so many things with this recipe. You can make incredible Cuban Pork Sandwiches, which I will share that recipe soon,  you can serve it over Spanish rice and top it with cheese, slices of avocado, and sour cream. It makes a mouth-watering Cuban pork bowl! It’s great in a tortilla with your favorite toppings. There’s no end to the YUM you can create with this recipe.

You can make this delicious homemade Spanish Rice or use a box mix. I loved the ease of using Knorr Spanish Rice and Pasta for this recipe. Makes dinner a snap and ready in minutes!

Pork Roast over spanish rice with toppings

This Slow Cooker Cuban Pork is so tender and juicy! The flavors are intoxicating and take you away from the doll-drums of the same weekly casserole! Spice up your family dinner time with this delicious international dish.

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork on Spanish Rice

Other Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

Stay tuned for “part two” of this recipe…the Cuban Mojo Pork Sandwich! I love a recipe that allows you to make two meals out of one! This is that dish and your family will love it!

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Happy Nesting!

Signature and photo for Norine

Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork on top of rice

Pork Roast is slowly cooked in a delicious Mojo sauce made from garlic, citrus, cumin, and olive oil. Mojo is a traditional colorful Cuban vinaigrette that adds amazing flavor to this simple, yet delicious shredded Cuban Pork. Served over rice it's the perfect meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in, or boneless, pork shoulder roast (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (lightly packed)

Instructions

  1. Place pork roast in the slow cooker.
  2. To the slow cooker, add the rest of the ingredients and mix with spoon.
  3. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours. Remember every slow cooker cooks at different temperatures so watch your roast and adjust cook times as needed.
  4. Carefully remove the pork roast from the slow cooker and place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet with the edges of the foil turned up. Spoon some, not all, of the remaining liquid from the slow cooker on top of the roast.
  5. Place in preheated oven set for broil. Broil for 10 minutes or until edges and top of pork roast are golden and slightly crispy.
  6. Remove from oven and let the meat rest for 10 minutes before serving. Shred the meat with two forks and top with reserved Mojo liquid in the slow cooker.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

 

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