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This simple Slow Cooker Cuban Pork comes together easily with a quick blended wet rub and your trusty Crockpot! Make it with pork shoulder or butt, or use a loin for a leaner alternative!

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Cuban flair, without the fuss!

This quick and easy Slow Cooker Cuban Pork takes all the work out of making succulent and delicious Cuban style pork! Simply make super fast wet rub in your food processor, rub iit into the pork, and let the slow cooker do all the heavy lifting!

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

What goes into the wet rub for the Cuban pork?

To make the flavorful rub for this Cuban style slow cooked pork, you will need:

  • Coarse kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Dry oregano
  • The zest of one orange
  • The zest of one lime
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 4 scallions, roots removed
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic

All you need to do to make the rub is throw everything into your food processor (or blender) and pulse until well combined and smooth. The flavorful rub then gets slathered onto the pork. After 8 hours in the crockpot, the rub mixes with the pork juices and citrus to make the flavorful sauce the pork is tossed in!

cuban pork seasonings

How long do you cook the Cuban pork?

This easy crockpot pork can be cooked on low for 8 hours, preferably. If you’re in a hurry, you can do 4-6 hours on high heat as well.

prepping the pork

What cut of pork should I use?

You can use pork shoulder, butt or loin for this recipe! Pork shoulder and butt will yield a juicier, more succulent shredded pork due to the higher fat content. However, the pork loin is just as delicious, and is a leaner option.

shredding the pork

Serving suggestions

Aside from the obvious Cuban Sandwich, this pork is great as a main course with rice, potatoes or veggies, and also works really well in quesadillas. I use this pork to make my Cuban Sandwich Melts, which are a hit every time!

crockpot cuban pork

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Dinner
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 5-6 lbs pork shoulder, pork butt or pork loin
  • the juice of 2 medium oranges
  • the juice of 3 limes

Wet Rub

  • 1/2 tbsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • the zest of one orange
  • the zest of one lime
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 4 scallions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

Instructions

  • Add all rub ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth, pressing down sides with a spatula as needed.
    2. Add the citrus juice to slow cooker.
    3. Rub the pork and place in the slow cooker, fat side up, with the citrus juice.
    4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
    5. Remove pork, to a cutting board, and shred with 2 forks.
    6. Add pork back to crockpot, and toss to combine with juices.

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