Can I tell you something super exciting? My husband and I leave for South Africa in 2 days! Exciting, right?! I can’t believe it’s almost here! This trip has been on the books for over 8 months so at this point we are BEYOND ready to go. Well, mentally we are ready. To be completely honest, we haven’t started packing yet. I’m not worried, should I be? I plan on posting a few times during our two weeks out of the country but check out my Instagram @pickledandpoached for more travel updates!
So about this pork. With its unique flavor blend of citrus, garlic, and oregano, Mojo Pork is a mainstay of Cuban cuisine. Typically, mojo pork is a pan roasted pork butt with sour orange, whole garlic cloves, and onions. I’ve gone ahead and tweaked the recipe to make this classic my own. For starters, I usually choose a lean pork loin instead of a pork butt to cut back on some of the fat. Additionally, instead of roasting in the oven I prefer to use the crockpot and let the loin simmer for 8 hours while we are away at work. I am telling you, there is nothing better than walking in the door and being greeted by the scent of perfectly seasoned pork.
I will always remember the first time I had mojo pork. We were living in Fort Lauderdale at the time and I had a friend in town visiting. We were in Maimi spending the afternoon on South Beach and wanted to grab lunch. After some Yelp investigating we stumbled upon a highly-rated mom and pop Cuban place. I’ll never forget that tender, juicy, citrus-packed pork with its unforgettable crispy crust. It was heaven.
To achieve the classic crispness of mojo pork I use the reserved drippings from the crockpot to pan fry the pulled pork. For each serving of pork, add one tablespoon of drippings to a large cast iron skillet. Simply fry on medium heat until crispy, turning the pork at least once.
Traditional Mojo Pork is served with black beans and rice. If you have any leftovers this stuff is also great for quesadillas, tacos, or salads. One of my favorite ways to repurpose the pork and black beans is in a breakfast scramble. Yum!