Slow Cooked Cuban Mojo Pork Shoulder

by Ian Wickman


Slow Cooked Cuban Mojo Pork Shoulder

Tender marinated pork shoulder, slow cooked in a simple mojo... so juicy and tender over a simple wild rice... with a hit of fresh cilantro to finish... drool worthy! The citrus heavy, cumin, and garlic marinade adds a mouthwateringly delicious depth of flavor to this slow cooked pork.
Keyword mojo pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Ian Wickman


Mojo Marinade

  • 1 1/2 cup bitter orange juice (Seville oranges or a 1/2 and 1/2 orange juice, lime juice mixture works great too)
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (plus more for finishing)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Slow Cooked Mojo Pork

  • 1 each pork shoulder (I used a 3.5 lb piece of local organic pork shoulder, delicious!)



  • Mix the bitter orange juice (or orange/lime juice mixture), minced garlic, cumin, cilantro, and salt in a bowl.

Slow Cooked Mojo Pork

  • Sprinkle your pork shoulder with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the slow cooker insert (if heat safe, otherwise use a pan) over medium high heat. Brown each side of the pork shoulder about 1 minute per side, roughly 5 - 6 minutes total.
  • Place slow cooker insert in slow cooker, pour 2/3 of the mixture over the pork, making sure to roll it around a bit to get mojo all over. Set aside the remaining 1/3 in the refrigerator for a finishing sauce.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • About 30 minutes before the pork is done you can start some rice (and beans if you want).
  • Also, at the same time, put the remaining mojo in a small pan and heat gently over low heat. Cook until hot and reduced slightly (but not too much!) about 10 - 15 minutes.


  • Put some rice and beans on a dish, tear off some of the marinated pork and put on top (making sure to avoid the all fat pieces unless that's what you like!). Spoon a bit of the heated mojo over it and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro! Enjoy!


I love the simple complexity developed with the mojo marinade and slow cooking the pork, it lets the flavors develop fully, not to mention the quick hit of fresh cilantro at the end that is a perfect accompaniment! Not to mention that this is a fantastic lead in to a Cubano sandwich... just sayin'!

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