Cuban food has many cultural influences, including Spanish, African, Caribbean and even Chinese, and it has gathered from these culinary traditions a focus on pork, rice and beans. A simple yet authentic way to bring the flavors of Cuba to your dinner table is to serve a tender dish of pulled pork accompanied by Cuban mojo. The sauce's classic combination of orange, lime and garlic offers a sweet, sour and savory complement to the salty pork for a fully flavorful meal.
Cuban Pulled Pork with Mojo Sauce
Serves | 6 to 8 |
- 1 5-lb bone-in pork shoulder
- 2 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
| Preparation - Pork | Preheat oven to 250ºF. Spray a roasting rack with nonstick cooking spray and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Trim any excess skin (not fat) from pork shoulder and season with cumin, salt and pepper. Place pork shoulder on roasting rack and cook 10 to 12 hours, until the outside is golden and crunchy and the inside is beautifully fork-tender.
Using two forks, pull pork apart.
| Preparation - Mojo Sauce | Mix juices and garlic in a medium bowl. Stir in mayonnaise and cumin; season to taste with salt and pepper, and add cilantro.
| To Serve | Drizzle mojo sauce over pulled pork and serve with a side of black beans and white rice with chopped raw white onion.
Spice It Up: Pulled pork is something that can be done in many different styles. Try Asian, Mexican or barbecue styles to make sandwiches, tacos or many other meal options.
Don't Cut the Fat: Make sure you do not remove the outer fat on the pork shoulder. This fat helps the pork self-baste.
There is no need to oil the meat before cooking because it already contains its own deliciously natural fats.
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On the menu:
- Cuban Pulled Pork
- Black Beans and Rice
- Key Lime Pie
- Mint Spritzer