Mojo – A Cuban Marinade

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Despite what many people think, Cuban food is never spicy. Instead, it’s tangy from citrus and pungent from loads of garlic. That combination is the quintessential sabor cubano, and it comes from their signature sauce: Mojo.

Before you make Mojo, you have to first find Sour Oranges. They’re local to the tropics and are easily found all throughout Miami and South Florida, but you can also pick them up at Latin American supermarkets and sometimes even Whole Foods in other areas. They’re very bitter and extremely sour, but once combined with fresh garlic and smoky cumin, you have a marinade that will transport you right to Havana. Watch and learn how it’s made, and as always the recipe is below:

Mojo – A Cuban Marinade:

  • 1 Cup Sour Orange Juice (seeds strained – about 5 sour oranges)*
  • 10 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 TBSP olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week, and is AMAZING on pork.

TIP: Try making Lechon or Cuban Roast Pork. Get a pork shoulder 3-7 lbs and pierce it all over with a knife. Cover the pork shoulder in the mojo and allow to marinate for 8 hours or overnight. Roast on 220 for 8-12 hours until falling apart and tender. Viva Cuba!

*If you can’t find Sour Oranges (also called Bitter Oranges or Seville Oranges) you can substitute equal parts Lime and Orange Juice.