Cuban Pork

1My favorite way to serve this is with Quick Cilantro Rice and some black beans seasoned with a little cumin. You can also serve it burrito style in a flour tortilla with all of your favorite taco or burrito toppings. The meat turns out so moist and tender, shredding easily with a fork.


  • 3 - 4 lb bone in pork roast (Boston butt/pork shoulder)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, whole and slightly smashed
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 - 3 cilantro stems, whole with leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Rinse pork, pat dry. If there is a thick layer of fat, go ahead and trim that as much as possible. You can leave it on, however, it will render a lot of fat in your sauce.
  3. In a Dutch oven or large pot, add olive oil. Place pork in Dutch oven or large pot and turn to coat all sides with olive oil.
  4. In a small bowl combine oregano, black pepper, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  5. Sprinkle all sides of the pork with the seasoning mix, rubbing it gently onto the meat.
  6. Pour orange concentrate and lime juice around the pork.
  7. Place smashed garlic cloves and cilantro stems on top of pork.
  8. Cover and bake in 250 degree oven for approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until the meat is fork tender and is starting to break away from the bone.
  9. Remove from oven and place pot on top of stove still covered with lid for another 30 minutes. I like to pour some of the sauce over the meat when it is first taken out of the oven.
  10. Remove from pot, shred with a couple of forks and serve. Serve with sauce from the pot on the side or pour the sauce over the meat if desired. Try to skim as much as the fat from the liquid before pouring over the meat or before serving.

Slow Cooker/Crockpot Method:

  1. Follow steps above accept place pork in a slow cooker instead of Dutch oven. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low.


- The pork is a little spicy on the outside yet the inner pieces of meat are not. So everyone in the family has a choice between spicy or not.


What do I do with the remaining orange juice concentrate?

If it is a 12 oz can of orange juice concentrate, add 2 cans of water to the remaining concentrate to make orange juice.

- With your left over cilantro bunch, you can make a quick Cilantro Rice as follows:

Quick Cilantro Rice - Cook a cup of white rice as per package directions. Once rice is cooked, add a little olive oil or butter and a couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro. If you have a lime, squeeze some lime juice into the rice. Season with salt and some freshly ground pepper. Combine all ingredients while fluffing the rice up with a fork. Serve.


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