Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork (Lechon Asado)
A traditional Cuban roasted pork recipe that is very simple, yet packed with tons of flavor! There is nothing to this pork except an amazing marinade, but it is honestly some of the best meat I’ve ever put in my mouth. Just look at that crust!
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
¾ cup fresh orange juice
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
¼ cup lightly packed mint leaves, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced oregano (2 teaspoons dried oregano)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Kosher salt and pepper
3 and 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, in one piece*
1. If you have a food processor: Add the orange juice, cilantro leaves, mint leaves, and smashed (not minced) garlic cloves, and pulse until everything is finely chopped. Add this mixture to a ziplock bag, along with the rest of the oil, zest, lime juice, oregano, and cumin.
2. If you don’t have a food processor: In a large ziplock bag, combine olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lime juice, chopped cilantro, chopped mint, minced garlic, oregano, and cumin. Shake it around a bit to mix it up, then add the pork shoulder.
3. Place the zipped up bag in a baking dish, and put it in the fridge overnight, or several hours at least.
4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack (I used a cooling rack) over a rimmed baking sheet.
5. Place the pork on the rack and discard the marinade. Salt and pepper the pork well.
6. Roast the pork for 30 minutes. It should be lightly browned.
7. Turn the oven down to 375 degrees F. Roast for another 1 hour and 20-30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 160.
8. Transfer to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and let rest at least 20 minutes.
9. Carve against the grain and serve.
From the author – *I accidentally grabbed a bone-in pork shoulder. Worked great!
Source: The Food Charlatan (6 servings)