Cuban Pulled Pork & Mojo Sandwiches

This amazing pulled pork can be thrown together in as little as 20 minutes, and then you can set it and forget it while it slow-roasts all day.  Dinner will be waiting for you when you get home.  Initially I was worried about this one.  I was afraid that a pork loin, which is a pretty lean cut, would dry out in the slow cooker.  But marinating it ahead of time and letting it soak in it’s own juices rendered a product that was juicy and unbelievably tender.

Prep: 20 minutes
Marinate: 2 hrs – 8 hrs
Cook: 4 hrs slow-cooker on HIGH; 8 hrs slow-cooker on LOW
Total Time: 4.5 to 16.5 hours
Total Active Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Level: Easy
Cost: About $4 per plate
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

For the Pork

  1. 1 3-4lb pork loin, trimmed of silver skin and cut in half or in thirds, depending on the size of your slow cooker
  2. 4-6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  3. 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  4. Zest from one orange
  5. Zest of 2-3 limes
  6. 1.5 cups orange juice
  7. 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 6-8 limes)
  8. 1/4 cup olive oil
  9. 2 tsp ground cumin
  10. 2 tsp ground oregano
  11. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  12. a few generous grinds black pepper

For Mojo Sandwiches (per sandwich)

  1. 1 Croissant
  2. 2 slices ham (not honey)
  3. 2 slices Swiss cheese
  4. Dill pickle chips
  5. Dijon mustard

Instructions

For the Pork

Combine all ingredients except pork in a large mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.  Add pork to marinade refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Once pork is finished marinating, remove from marinade (do not discard the marinade) and pat dry with paper towels.  Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or sauté pan until shimmering and just slightly smoking (about 375°F).  Add pork and brown on all sides, 5-7 minutes.

Using cooking spray, spray the inside container of slow-cooker until lightly coated.  Add browned pork and reserved marinade.  Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.

When pork is finished, use two forks to shred pork.  Serve over steamed white rice or as part of Mojo Sandwiches (recipe follows).

For the Sandwiches

Halve a croissant lengthwise and slather both cut sides generously with Dijon mustard.  Add one slice of Swiss Cheese, followed by a generous helping of pork, followed by a few pickles, followed by a slice of ham and another slice of Swiss cheese.

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