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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork with Mojito Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 8 hours

Makes

12 servings (1-1/2 cups sauce)

Growing up in South Florida, my culinary taste buds were influenced dramatically by the Cuban culture here. Infused with Cuban flavor, this twist on slow-cooked pulled pork is knock-your-socks-off good, whether you serve it up with rice and beans on the side or press it into a classic Cuban sandwich. — Kristina Wiley, Jupiter, Florida
Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork with Mojito Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) Cuban-style mojo sauce and marinade
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder butt roast (5 to 5-1/4 pounds)
  • MOJITO SAUCE:
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Additional chopped onion and lime wedges, optional

Directions

  1. Place onions and garlic in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add mojo marinade, lime juice, salt and pepper; process until blended. Pour half of the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Cut roast into quarters; add to bag. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Transfer remaining marinade to a small bowl; refrigerate, covered, while marinating meat.
  2. Drain pork, discarding marinade in bag. Place pork in a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Top with reserved marinade. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. For sauce, in a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until a thermometer reads 200°. Carefully add onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic; remove from heat. Stir in lime juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Remove pork from slow cooker; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Remove meat from bone; discard bone. Shred pork with two forks. Return cooking juices and pork to slow cooker; heat through.
  5. Transfer pork to a platter; serve with warm mojito sauce, stirring just before serving. If desired, sprinkle pork with chopped onion and serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup meat mixture with 2 tablespoons sauce: 409 calories, 29g fat (6g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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