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Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe.  

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com What Is Cuban Mojo Sauce?

Mojo (pronounced MOH-hoh) is a sauce that is widely used in Spanish and Portuguese cooking. There are a number of variations on mojo sauce, depending on which country you are in, but today, we’re talking about the Cuban version.

The Cuban version of mojo sauce is thought to have come from immigrants to the Caribbean from the Canary Islands (off the coast of Spain). In the Canary Islands, you will find versions of mojo that are heavy on the garlic, and we see that element carried through in the Cuban version of mojo.

In Cuba, mojo sauce is made with garlic, citrus, and oregano. Some versions will include cumin as well for an extra smoky flavor.

Mojo is a robust and flavorful sauce, where, surprisingly, the citrus takes a back seat to the other flavors and acts simply as a unifier, rather than a bright and loud burst of flavor.

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com

How Do You Make Mojo Sauce?

Traditional Cuban mojo sauce is made using Cuban sour oranges. These almost bitter oranges grow throughout Cuba, and can also be found in south Florida. However, if you live much farther north than that, you’ll have a hard time finding one of these bitter oranges.

The good news is that you can get close to the flavor of sour orange juice by using a combination of regular orange juice and lime juice.

If you were making a Cuban mojo sauce for dipping or to use as a marinade, you would crush the garlic with the salt and oregano, creating a paste. To this paste, you would add the citrus juice and let the mixture stand for at least 30 minutes for the garlic to infuse the sauce.

Our Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork Recipe

Since we’re making our mojo pork in a slow cooker, it will have plenty of time to infuse with flavor, so for our recipe, everything simply goes into the slow cooker, and you get to walk away.

After pulling the meat, we veer from tradition a bit by adding a little cornstarch to the slow cooker. This thickens the juices slightly, helping the mojo sauce to really coat the tender pulled pork.

You don’t want to leave all that flavor back in the slow cooker!

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com

As a word of warning, you will be tormented all day long with the fragrance of garlic and citrus.

But that just makes dinner all the more worth it, right?

 

Serve your mojo pork with a side of Cuban black beans for a full Cuban fanfare meal!

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com
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Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe.  
Yield: 1 (3lb) pork shoulder
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban
Keyword: slowcooker
Servings: 8 people
Author: Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Ingredients

  • 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ c orange juice (1/2 large orange, juiced)
  • ¼ c lime juice (1 large lime, juiced)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tsp water

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients (except the cornstarch) into your slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 -10 hours.
  • Once the meat is tender, but about 30 minutes before you want to eat, remove the meat from the crock pot and shred it with two forks.
  • Mix 1 tsp cornstarch with 1 tsp water, until smooth. Add this mixture to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Add the shredded meat back to the crock pot and cook for another 30 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Serve with black beans and rice.

Tender and juicy Cuban Mojo Pork brings robust flavor of garlic and bright citrus notes to this easy, slow cooker recipe. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com

 


If this recipe has you wanting to try your hand at more Cuban food, read on!

Today, we’re exploring Cuba and Cuban recipes along with bloggers from around the world as a part of the #EatTheWorld challenge hosted by CulturEatz.

Check out some of these tasty Cuban recipes to complete your meal!


 

Recipe Rating




Amy's Cooking Adventures

Sunday 18th of February 2018

Drooling! This sounds amazing!!!

Sarah Ozimek

Monday 19th of February 2018

Thanks Amy!

Bernice Hill

Monday 12th of February 2018

Interesting. So, I wonder...would these bitter Cuban oranges be similar to Seville oranges? I mean, it's Seville orange season right now so maybe it would be worth a try. I do have a friend that uses their juice for marinade.

Anyway, this sounds delicious. Pork goes so well with citrus flavours!

Sarah Ozimek

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

I think you are right Bernice. Seville oranges would probably be quite similar to the Cuban bitter oranges!

Evelyne CulturEatz

Sunday 11th of February 2018

Well we were on the same wavelength but took different paths. Mojo is so good right? Love this slow cooker version. So happy to have you part of the group!

Sarah Ozimek

Monday 12th of February 2018

So good! Thanks for putting this challenge together!

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures

Saturday 10th of February 2018

This looks delicious, Sarah! I can't wait to try it.

Sarah Ozimek

Monday 12th of February 2018

You guys will love it!

Loreto Nardelli

Saturday 10th of February 2018

I love the use of orange juice and lime juice in combination with the spices and pork. I can only imagine the aroma brewing in the slow cooker. I would be so there lifting that lid and spoonong some sauce for the tasting. That pork also looks so tender and I am so familiar with pork shoulder, it has just the right amount of fat to loosen those protien strands to allow that sauce to seep in. Slow cookers are a great tool and one that makes work week cooking an easy task! Love it! Cheers! Loreto@sugarlovespices

Sarah Ozimek

Monday 12th of February 2018

Thanks Loreto!