Cuban Pork Shoulder with Mojo
A slow-roasted pork shoulder is the perfect centerpiece for a big family feast. It requires very little hands-on work and feeds a crowd.
Here, we marinate it in a classic mojo—a garlicky, citrusy mix. We replicate the flavor of sour oranges, the classic mojo ingredient, with a combination of fresh orange and lime juices.
If you can find sour oranges, use an equal amount of sour orange juice instead. We like to round out this meal with bowls of black beans and rice.
As featured in The Applegatarian.
Serves 6-8 | Total Time: More Than 60 Mins
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 large head garlic, cloves finely chopped 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (6- to 8-pound) APPLEGATE NATURALS® Boneless Pork Shoulder
- Stir together the orange and lime juices. Measure out ¼ cup of the juice and transfer to a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate the remaining juice.
- Whisk the garlic, oregano, cumin, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper into the small bowl of juice. Set the pork in a roasting pan and, using the tip of a sharp knife, make 1-inch-deep slits all over the meat. Rub the garlicky mixture over the pork, pushing it into the slits with your fingertips. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
- Remove the pork from the refrigerator about 1 hour before it goes in the oven. Heat the oven to 350ºF. Remove the plastic wrap and pour the reserved ¾ cup juice plus ½ cup water around the pork. Roast, basting every 30 minutes or so, until the pork is tender and crowned by a well- browned crust and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the pork registers about 155ºF, 2 to 3 hours.
- Remove the pork from the oven and transfer to a large cutting board; cover it loosely with foil to keep warm. Pour the cooking juices from the pan into a small saucepan, scraping in any browned bits from the pan. Ladle off the fat and warm the sauce over moderate heat. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- Slice the pork thinly and serve with the sauce.