Cuban Pork Roast


This roast tastes amazing served straight from the pot with a squeeze of orange or lime juice. If you're not serving a crowd, you're sure to have leftovers, try using them in a Cuban sandwich, rice bowl, or a pork and black bean quesadilla.

cuban pork roast
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 50 mins
6 to 7 cups shredded meat


  • 1 4-5 pound boneless pork shoulder roast

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

  • 2 tablespoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 orange, quartered

  • 1 lime, quartered

  • 1 medium onion, quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roast, fat side up, in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. In a small bowl stir together parsley, garlic, oregano, onion powder, cumin, pepper, and salt. Rub all over pork.

  2. Roast, covered, 3 1/2 hours. Add orange, lime, and onion wedges. Roast, uncovered, 1 hour more or until tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted in meat registers at least 190°F.

  3. Transfer meat to a cutting board, reserving citrus, onion, and cooking liquid. Shred meat. In a large bowl toss meat with enough cooking liquid to moisten. Once cool, squeeze citrus over meat to release juices; stir into meat. Store meat mixture in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 4 days or freezer up to 3 months. Makes about 7 cups.

Slow Cooker Variation:

Prepare as directed, except place meat in a 6- to 7-qt. slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 8 to 10 hours, adding citrus and onion the last hour of cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
6g Fat
3g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 5.7mg 29%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 336mg 7%
Folate, total 5.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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