Tender, citrus flavoured pork; if you haven’t tried Slow Cooker Cuban Pork before you’ll want to now! With this one recipe there are so many ways to enjoy it and make the most of any leftovers.
What is Slow Cooker Cuban Pork?
I hadn’t heard of Cuban Pork until I stumbled across a recipe on Pinterest years ago. As with lots of pins on Pinterest, I forgot about it until recently. I did some research and found that the common ingredients in Cuban Pork is citrus juice; usually lime and orange juice and cumin.
I love cooking large joints of meat in the slow cooker because it helps keep them really tender. It is also an incredibly easy way to cook them because as long as you have enough liquid so it doesn’t dry out, you can really leave it alone.
Who doesn’t love easy cooking?
Sometimes you do want to be hands on in the kitchen and make something that needs concentration. And then other times you don’t! This Slow Cooker Cuban Pork couldn’t be easier because you essentially chuck it all in the slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready by dinner time!
To make things even easier, I kept the fat and rind on the pork shoulder. It is much easier to remove from the meat once it has cooked because it will easily pull away. By leaving the fat on, it also helps keep the meat extra moist in my opinion. If when you buy you pork it doesn’t have the fat and rind on it, that obviously isn’t a problem!
After you have removed the fat, the most taxing thing you will have to do for this recipe is shred the pork. By this time the pork is so tender it is incredibly easy to shred.
How to serve Slow Cooker Cuban Pork
One of my favourite things about this recipe is its versatility. Cuban Pork is traditionally served with rice and black beans with some of the cooking juices drizzled over. The way I served initially was in a bread roll along with my Mexican Sweetcorn Salad. If you would like to serve it like this, I would recommend allowing the juices to drain off if you don’t want them dripping down your arm! A simple way to do this would be to heat some of the pork in a dry frying pan for a couple of minutes.
When making this Slow Cooker Cuban Pork, my plan was to use it for multiple recipes. The quantities in this recipe would feed 6-8 people. But you really want to make sure you have some leftovers to make my Cuban Pork Sandwich and Quick Cuban Pork Pizza. Look out for these recipes coming in the next few weeks!
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork
- 1.4 kg pork shoulder
- 200 ml orange juice freshly squeezed
- 100 ml lime juice freshly squeezed
- 6 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 onion cut in half
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tbsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp sea salt
- pinch black pepper
- ¼ tsp chilli flakes
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 tbsp cornflour
Remove any string from the pork and place it in the slow cooker. Add all of the ingredients apart from the cornflour to a jug and whisk them together before adding them to the slow cooker
Cook on low for 7½ hours before removing the pork from the slow cooker. Remove the fat from the pork and shred using two forks
Add the shredded pork back to the slow cooker. If you would like to thicken the juices, mix the cornflour in a glass with some of the juices. Add back to the slow cooker and cook for a further 30 minutes
Nutritional information is given as a guide only.