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Cuban-Style Roast Pork Shoulder With Mojo

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Cuban-Style Roast Pork Shoulder With Mojo

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Adjust Servings:
8 medium cloves Garlic minced
2 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 cup Oregano fresh leaves
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup Lime Juice
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
3 - 3.5kg Pork Shoulder boneless
1/4 cup Fresh Mint finely chopped
1/4 cup Oregano fresh leaves, finely chopped
Lime wedges for serving

Slow roasted pork shoulder Cuban style




By Serious Eats 

This pulled pork recipe has a wonderful marinade whose aromas filled our home today. We served the pork with the mojo drizzled over and it was delicious, if unfortunately, a little dry. Next time we make it we will roast the pork on a high temperature for a short time, and then lower the temperature to slow roast it for the remaining 5-6 hours, which will hopefully solve the problem.



For the Mojo:

Combine garlic, cumin, pepper, oregano, orange juice, lime juice, and olive oil in a large bowl and whisk. Season to taste generously with salt. Transfer half of mojo to a sealed container and reserve in refrigerator. Add pork to remaining mojo and turn to coat. If desired, transfer pork and marinade to a gallon-sized zipper-lock bag and refrigerate 2 hours or up to overnight before continuing.


For the Pork and to Finish: 

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 275°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place pork and juices on top and fold up foil, crimping to seal loosely but making sure that there is room for air to circulate inside. Place in oven and roast for 3 hours. Fold back foil, increase oven temperature to 325°F, and continue roasting, basting pork with pan juices occasionally, until pork shows almost no resistance when a metal skewer or knife is inserted into it and the surface is crackly and brown, 2 to 3 hours longer. Remove pork from oven and let rest 10 to 15 minutes.


Pour accumulated pork juices into a bowl and discard all except 1 cup. Add reserved mojo to pork drippings, along with fresh chopped mint and oregano. Whisk together and season to taste with salt.


Serve shredded pork, passing mint mojo and lime wedges on the side. Serve rice, beans, and plantains on the side. Reserve any leftovers for sandwiches.


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