Cuban-Style Pork Shoulder

READY IN: 4hrs 20mins
Recipe by Charlotte J

From the Los Angeles Times Note: Serve the pork with black beans and rice. This recipe requires a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

Top Review by Peter J

Wonderful blend of flavors and the aroma while cooking was fantastic. I cooked for 4 hours on high which was perfectly tender while leaving enough structure to pick up the meat with a fork. Rather than rice I served with mashed potatoes which also worked wonderfully to soak up the delicious sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, salt, oregano, cumin, black pepper, chili pepper, crumbled bay leaves and orange zest.
  2. Stir in the vinegar, orange and lime juices to make a coarse paste.
  3. Add the pork pieces and toss until the pieces are evenly coated with the spice paste.
  4. Set aside to marinate while you finish the other preparations.
  5. Trim and cut the onions lengthwise into 1/4 -inch-thick slices.
  6. Arrange the slices in an even layer on the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  7. Pour the broth over the onions.
  8. Arrange the pork in an even layer over the onions, pouring over any reserved marinade.
  9. Cover the insert and place it in the slow cooker.
  10. Set the cooker to high heat and cook 4 to 4 1/2 hours until the pork is fork-tender. (8 hours on low).
  11. Remove from heat and crack the lid to allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  12. Gently stir the pork with the onions and serve.

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