Rocky Mountain Cuban Pork

Recipe for Rocky Mountain Cuban Pork
Becky Luigart-Stayner


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 pounds lean pork loin, cut into 4 to 6 pieces
4 cups orange juice, divided
1 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
black beans and rice (optional)


In a skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Add pork and sear.

In a bowl, combine ¼ cup oil, 1 cup orange juice, and ¼ cup lemon juice. Set aside.

When meat is browned, reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, cumin, and salt and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds. Do not burn garlic. Slowly pour in orange juice mixture. Baste meat with a spoon. Continue basting every 15 minutes for 1 hour. When liquid is reduced and thickened, add remaining oil, 1 cup orange juice, and 1⁄4 cup lemon juice. Continue basting every 15 minutes until pork is tender, adding remaining orange and lemon juices as needed when liquid reduces. Serve with black beans and rice, if desired.


Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Cuban Pork (cont)

My final note is that, yes, you will have more "broth" than is needed. It will not absorb, but it makes a lovely au jus to spoon over yellow rice and black beans.

Cuban Pork

I've been making Cuban Pork for decades. Tip: use pork butt roast, fat side up. Put all ingredients use a slow cooker on low to meld the flavors, tenderize the meat, and free you from the kitchen while it cooks all day. Also, many grocery stores now carry frozen plantains; a side dish which adds an element of authenticity to the meal.

How Long to Cook Cuban Pork

After the first hour of basting, how much longer do you need to cook the pork for it to be tender? Based on the amount of orange and lemon juice listed in the ingredients, it appears you need to continue cooking for a few more hours, either that or the amounts of juice in the ingredient list are inflated. Thanks for some help on actual overall cook time -- makes it easier to know when to start cooking relative to expected or planned dinner time.

Rocky Mountain Cuban Pork

Would this work without the oil?

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Hi, Lynn. The oil prevents the pork from sticking to the pan and helps to sear the meat.

Pork Recipe

It taste delicious