Saturday, February 1, 2014

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork



I'm baaaack.  Some of you thought I was gone forever, right?  Well you aren't that lucky.  I've missed this little blog.  However, I was stricken with what I can only imagine was the plague which kept me out of the kitchen for far too long.   That was followed by "Polar Vortex: The Sequel" which basically consisted of me on the couch watching Grey's Anatomy with multiple blankets while forcing my dog to lay on my feet.  Also, there were a lot of tears.  Winter is frustrating me this year.  It will be over soon, right?  RIGHT???

Anywhooo, whenever I need to brighten my spirits I turn to my time in the Sunshine State, specifically, Tampa.  Ahh Tampa.  The food, the music, the sunshine,  the culture (which is made up of several different latin cultures with some college sorority girl thrown in.  I love it for the latin influence.  Not so much the sorority thing).  It's just a warm welcoming place and I miss it very much.  Mostly during extreme cold, but I miss it nonetheless.

While living there I was drawn to the Cuban culture and people.  They are so much fun.  They live life with abandon and their food is out of this world.  The flavors they combine always make for a party in your mouth.  There used to be a common misconception that latin inspired foods were always spicy.  Not the case at all.  Most of the food just combine bright, fresh flavors,  much like this delicious mojo.

I discovered Mojo during my time in the south and it changed my life.  I think it will change yours too.  Seriously.   Mojo is basically garlic and citrus.  Specifically sour oranges.  Oddly enough, sour oranges aren't really found in Kentucky so that can be remedied with adding lime juice.


I made bread to go with the mojo.  What?  I don't like baking bread.  Turns out I actually DO like baking bread.


Mmmmm…. Cuban bread.  Fresh out of the oven.  What is better than that? I used this recipe which turned out pretty good and made a lot of bread!  Little side note:  roll the dough out thin if you want to make sandwiches.  In my opinion it works better.

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork                                                       Printer Friendly

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 1/2 pound pork shoulder or boston butt
8-10 garlic cloves
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
5 or 6 sprigs fresh oregano
Salt and pepper

Place the pork in the crock pot.  Generously season the pork with salt and pepper.

Pour the orange and lime juice over the pork.  Add garlic cloves and oregano to the crock pot.

Cook on low for 7-9 hours or high for 5-6.  Shred with a fork and serve with rice and beans, plantains or on a sandwich.  It can't get much easier than that.  Enjoy!

*I prepare this the night before and refrigerate.


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