Tailgating doesn’t have to be just burgers and dogs. And what’s better than a tailgating feast that practically makes itself? Get out the slow-cooker and prepare to amaze your friends with this Cuban inspired Garlic Citrus Pulled Pork Shoulder! The secret isn’t just in the slow-cooking… it’s in the sauce!
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Cuban Inspired Garlic Citrus Pulled Pork Recipe
4-6 pound boneless Pork Shoulder
For the Rub:
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons aleppo pepper (or similar, mild chili powder)
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
For the Garlic Citrus Sauce:
20-30 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 medium brown onion, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon cumin
3 small bay leaves
3 TBSP key lime juice (or lemon/lime juice)
1 TBSP key lime zest (or lemon/lime zest)
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup orange juice
Serves 4-6. Makes about 2 cups Sauce. Serve shredded Pork Shoulder with sliced onion and remaining Garlic Citrus Sauce. Consider serving with fried sweet plantains, black beans and rice.
Rub the Pork Shoulder:
1) In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the rub and create a paste.
2) Rub paste all over clean, dry pork shoulder.
Brown the Pork Shoulder:
1) In a hot skillet or grill pan, sear all sides of pork shoulder.
2) Place seared pork shoulder in slow-cooker.
Make the Sauce:
1) In a saucepan, heat a teaspoon of olive oil to medium.
2) Add sliced onion and saute 10 minutes until softened and slightly caramelized.
3) Add garlic and saute one minute more.
4) Add orange juice, key lime juice, key lime zest, cumin and bay leaves.
5) Stir and heat until bubbling. Cook 10 minutes more.
6) Remove from heat and remove bay leaves.
7) Pour mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Cook the Pork Shoulder:
1) Pour about ½ cup of sauce over pork shoulder in slow-cooker.
2) Cover and set slow-cooker on low for 8-10 hours.
Serve shredded Pork Shoulder with sliced onion and remaining Garlic Citrus Sauce. Consider serving with fried sweet plantains, black beans and rice.
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