Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

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 Pulled Pork Pizza. Look out for these recipes coming in the next few weeks! 

5 from 3 votes

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

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. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword Slow Cooker, Pork, Crock pot, Cuban
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 248 kcal
Author Curly


  • 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


  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 616mg18%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

  1. Jenny Walters

    Oh I love this recipe! I feel very passionately about Pork Shoulder. Such a wonderful cut, so versatile and such great flavour. It is one of my staples. But I haven’t yet made it in the slow cooker. But I so will. Cuban pork sounds super delicious! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare

    1. Curly Post author

      It’s so easy to make pulled pork in the slow cooker and pork shoulder really lends itself to being turned into pulled pork.

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