Smoked Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork

Smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork boasts a variety of exciting flavours such as garlic, lime, sherry, oregano, and marjoram. Use pork butt or pork shoulder to make perfect Cuban roast pork. This mojo smoked pork is a great recipe for a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

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Mojo smoked pork is one of the tastiest recipes you can make in your smoker. Once shredded, the pork butt or pork shoulder can be used for tacos or sandwiches, or you can serve it with coleslaw and beans.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

Smoked Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork Ingredients

The main ingredient in mojo smoked pork is of course the meat. Bone-in pork butt (which is technically pork shoulder) is the meat of choice here.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

Olive oil, garlic, oregano, marjoram, salt, cumin, pepper, chilli powder, pickle juice, orange and lime juices, sherry, vegetable stock, and an onion are also featured in Cuban roast pork. Cilantro makes a great garnish.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

How Do You Make Mojo Smoked Pork?

Score the fat on the pork and add salt, pepper, chilli powder and cumin to flavour it. Next put the garlic, marjoram and oregano in a food processor with the oil and puree. You can then rub this over the meat.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

Stir the fruit juices, sherry and vegetable stock together. Put the pork in a heavy pot or a Dutch oven and add pickles and onions. Pour the mojo sauce over it.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

Cover the pot and cook it for 4 hours in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill then cook uncovered for 2 more hours and shred the pork. When it shreds easily, you know it’s done.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.

Why Cuban Roast Pork is So Well Loved

Pork butt or pork shoulder as it’s also known is a great cut of meat. It’s a budget cut of meat and it’s pretty much impossible to overcook it, since it always seems to come out beautifully juicy.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.

The orange, lime and spice flavours are apparent in every mouthful, while the chilli powder adds a kick of heat and the pickle juice adds a tangy taste. I can’t get enough of this amazing dish. The only thing that makes me crazy is the incredible smell and having to wait patiently until it’s done!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.

It’s an easy recipe because you don’t have to cook any part of the marinade. Instead, you just combine the ingredients and pour the sauce over the pork. In fact, apart from the smoker, you don’t have to cook anything. Simply let the smoker work its magic on the pork while you prepare your chosen sides.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.

Smoked Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork FAQs

Are there any specific Cuban ingredients in this pulled pork?

Actually yes. The traditional Cuban roast pork recipe is made with sour orange juice, but it isn’t always possible to find that ingredient here. Try combining 2 parts orange juice with 1 part lemon juice and 1 part lime juice, or else 2 parts orange juice with 1 part grapefruit juice and a teaspoon of lime juice. Alternatively, you can get sour orange juice on Amazon. If you can find sour Seville oranges, which are called naranjas ágrias in Spanish, use those in place of both the orange juice and lime juice.

Which smoke is best for pork?

Pork is great with maple or hickory smoke or you might prefer something fruity like cherry or apple wood, perhaps. You can of course also combine more than one kind.

How do you serve smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork?

Cuban roast pork can be sliced but I love to shred it using a couple of forks. Try it with mashed potatoes or rice, as a filling for sandwiches or tacos, or pair it with a Cuban side dish such as fried ripe plantains, pico de gallo, or black beans.

What’s the best way to reheat mojo smoked pork leftovers?

I recommend you reheat it in a foil-covered dish along with some meat juices. Do this on the stove, in the oven, or in the pellet smoker or Traeger grill. I recommend you eat this smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork within 4 days tops for the best results.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This Cuban roast pork or mojo smoked pork is perfect for grill season.

Smoked Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork. This is made with pork butt or pork shoulder in a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

Smoked Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork

Course: Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: BBQ, pork, smoker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Bella
Smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork boasts a variety of exciting flavours such as garlic, lime, sherry, oregano, and marjoram. Use pork butt or pork shoulder to make perfect Cuban roast pork. This mojo smoked pork is a great recipe for a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.
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Ingredients

  • 4 Pound pork butt bone-in, or pork shoulder
  • ½ Cup olive oil
  • ½ cup garlic cloves
  • ½ Tablespoon oregano dried
  • ½ Tablespoon marjoram
  • 2 Teaspoon sea salt coarse
  • 2 Teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoon pickle juice
  • 2 oranges juiced
  • 3 lime juiced
  • ½ Cup sherry
  • ½ Cup vegetable stock
  • 1 white onion sliced

Garnish

  • Cilantro optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 300 degrees F.
  • Use a knife to score the pork fat. Season with salt, cumin, pepper, and chili powder.
  • Combine garlic, olive oil, marjoram, and oregano in a food processor and purée. Brush over the pork.
  • Combine orange juice, lime juice, vegetable stock, and sherry in a bowl and stir.
  • Place pork into a Dutch oven. Surround with sliced onions and pickles. Pour mojo over the sides.
  • Place the lid onto the Dutch oven and place into the smoker. Cook for 4 hours, then remove the lid.
  • Lower heat to 180 degrees F.
  • Cook for 2 hours.
  • Shred the pork. Garnish with cilantro (optional).

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Smoked Cuban mojo pulled pork is so easy to prepare and offers a rich, juicy result. The magical combination of garlic, citrus and spice enhances the pork so well and all you need for this iconic Cuban dish are the ingredients and a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.

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  1. Heather Reece wrote:

    5 stars
    I am making this on the weekend. Just got a smoker!

    Posted 3.25.22 Reply