This Slow Cooker Cuban Pork recipe yields a juicy, tender, fall-apart shredded pork dish that’s flavorful and can be used in so many dishes or as the main meal! We like to serve this with white rice and black beans! This is also an great pork for using in a Cuban sandwich!
Aside from making the mojo marinade, this pork takes almost no work. It starts with a variation of my Tio Jose’s marinade or mojo for his authentic pernil or Cuban pork roast.
The mojo or marinade ingredients all get added to a blender or food processor and blended until there are no large chunks.
I go ahead and place my pork butt in my slow cooker insert and pour the marinade over the top. Then, when it’s time to cook, all I have to do is place the insert in the slow cooker and i’m ready to go!
You’ll need to let the pork marinate over night or at least for 6 hours. Then you can set it to cook on low for 8 hours. You’ll know when it’s done if you poke it with a fork and the meat falls right off.
Now you can shred and eat it right out of the slow cooker or if you like a crispier skin (like we do), you can carefully remove the pork from the slow cooker and place it on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. I like to use 2 spatulas to do this. Broil the pork in the oven for just a few minutes until the skin is browned and crispy.
You can serve this slow cooker cuban pork with white rice and my great grandmother’s authentic Cuban black beans!
We like to make this pork and save the leftovers to use all week for dinners, sandwiches, and even nachos!
How to re-heat shredded pork.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add a few large scoops of the pork and cook until heated throughout.
Click here to see my Tio Jose’s Authentic Cuban Oven roasted pork!
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork
- Slow Cooker
- Food processor or blender
- 1 bone-in pork butt (5-7 pounds)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- cloves from 2 whole heads of garlic (peeled)
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 2 small naval oranges)
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
- Add the pork butt to a large bowl.
- Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a food processor and blend until there are no more large chunks.
- Pour over the pork and cover. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.
- Cook the pork in the slow cooker on high for 6 hours or on low for 8. If you can't easily shred the pork, It's not done!
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Glendys SerraNovember 30, 2020 at 9:37 pm
This was my first time making pork and it came out AMAZING! I used a 10 pound bone-in leg, so i doubled the marinade and soaked it for more than 12 hours. I slow cooked it for 12 hours and then i thought it needed more time, so I cooked it for 6 more hours. The results were beyond amazing. Everyone loved it! We made sandwishes with Cuban bread. Super easy and super delicious!
Coco and AshDecember 1, 2020 at 8:40 am
That’s awesome!! Thank you!
SarahDecember 29, 2020 at 11:13 am
So I’m looking for an authentic Cuban pork recipe to make for NYE for our neighbor who is Cuban. Everyone said to use the Badia Mojo Marinade as it is hard to make anything taste authentic unless you grew up cooking pork. I would rather do homemade. I have a 5 lb pork butt I want to do in the slow cooker or instant pot/pressure cooker and serve w rice, black beans and plantains. Which recipe would you suggest?
Coco and AshDecember 30, 2020 at 11:55 am
I would suggest this recipe or my recipe for a traditional Cuban pork roast. It’s linked in this post 🙂
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jenSeptember 13, 2021 at 8:22 am
How would you recommend cooking this in the oven instead of a slow cooker? Thanks for your help. 🙂
Coco and AshSeptember 13, 2021 at 8:33 am
Hi Jen. Here is an oven version https://www.cocoandash.com/authentic-cuban-pork-roast/
LauraApril 5, 2022 at 9:33 pm
I’m having trouble understanding if I can cook this in the marinade, or do I need to take the pork out of the marinade before transferring to the slow cooker. Can’t wait to try this!!
Coco and AshApril 5, 2022 at 9:51 pm
Yes! I cook it in the marinade.