This festive, all-natural Mojo Pulled Pork recipe is perfect for your New Year's Eve celebration. Because you make it in the slow cooker, it's easy enough for any night of the week.
I am always dazzled by New Year's Eve. Every year I hope to get invited to some magical party where my hubby and I dance the night away and ring in the new year together. This particular scenario has not happened in 11 years of being together, but I'm hoping it will one day.
In college, some of my good friends were Cuban and invited me to their family party twice. Let me tell you, they knew how to have fun and cook amazing food! I have some great memories of celebrating with many of their fun traditions, the most central of which is a pig roast. My friend's family would roast an entire pig (apple in mouth and the whole 9 yards), in a pit, in their back yard, all day. It was marinated in signature mojo (pronounced moe-hoe) and was amazing! This was served with their family's recipe of black beans and rice. Man, my mouth waters just thinking about it.
Another fun tradition they taught me was the Twelve Grapes. With each strike of the bell at midnight you eat a grape to ensure good fortune in the coming year. To do this, everyone was given a small cup of a dozen grapes right before the ball dropped in Times Square. This is a really easy and fun tradition to try this year.
Now, back to the pig and beans. Although we might have the room for a pig pit, I don't see us going quite that far this year with our new years pork. Instead, I'm going with an old-faithful preparation of pork tenderloin, the slowcooker.
I often buy bottled mojo marinade but don't love that they often contain added sugars and sometimes even food coloring. I've always wanted to make my own, fresh marinade and this is the perfect occasion.
Mojo is a combination of orange and lime juice, LOTS of garlic, fresh oregano, salt and pepper, olive oil and a little hint of chili. The marinade takes a little bit of elbow grease as you have to juice some citrus. You can cut a few corners by buying OJ and not making the juice reduction, but if you have the time, you should do it.
I hope you will give this delicious, fresh mojo pork recipe a try. Share it with those who are looking for a festive recipe or just a break from the mundane. Enjoy!
Mojo Pulled Pork
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice divided
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice divided
- Zest of one orange
- Zest of one lime
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 8 garlic cloves finely chopped (add as many as you like)
- ½ cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder
- In a small saucepan, bring one cup of orange juice and ½ cup lime juice to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cook until liquid is reduced in half, about 25 minutes. (You can skip this step and just add all the juice to the slow cooker at one time. Reducing the juice concentrates the flavor though, helping it come through stronger.)
- In a large slow cooker add juice reduction, remaining orange and lime juice, all zest, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Stir to combine. Add tenderloin and turn to coat. Spoon marinade on top of any exposed meat. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 - 8 hours, turning meat several times through the cooking process. Meat will easily pull apart when ready.