Garlicky Cuban Shredded Pork

Total Time
37hrs 30mins
Prep 36 hrs
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This will make your kitchen come alive with its garlicky, herby aromas. Use plenty of lime and cilantro, too! It's a two-step process; start it a day ahead, then serve with my Cuban black beans, or tucked into a sandwich or even a tortilla with the trimmings. Prep time includes overnight seasoning in refrigerator.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine water, juice of 1 lime, oregano, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns.
  2. Bring to a boil, then add boneless pork chops; lower heat and simmer, tightly covered, for about 1 hour, or until almost falling apart tender.
  3. Add coarse sea salt to taste, then let meat cool in broth overnight in refrigerator.
  4. The next day, remove pork from broth and shred.
  5. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add shredded pork until it is almost crispy, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add onion and garlic and cook another 10 minutes or so, until they begin to brown slightly.
  7. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime and stir in the cilantro.
  8. Combine thoroughly and serve.


Most Helpful

We gobbled this up, and my husband turned to me and said "We can have this again." I agree! I was very generous with the lime and cilantro, and for seconds we dug out some tortillas from the fridge and rolled everything inside them. (I had also made cuban black beans and white rice to go on the side) That was fantastic too, and we were sad when our tummies were full and the food was gone.

WildLightning November 04, 2007

I was just thinking about what to do with some country pork ribs in my freezer when I came across this recipe. I followed the directions exactly, except for the meat of course, and it was delicioso! I happen to have some pureed chipotles in adobo sauce left over from another recipe, so I put mixed some in the pork. I wrapped it up in Lavash and now I'm thinking that this will be one of the dishes I'm going to make at my next party! Thank you so much for this recipe!

Grace Lynn April 16, 2004

Delicious!!!!!!! (So delicious, it required all those exclamation points!) Followed the directions closely and was not disappointed. Leftovers were just as good. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

JennyLynn99 December 30, 2009

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