Most of us grill our food American-style. But do you know that you may also give your barbecues a delicious Cuban twist? You see, Cuban cuisine is an amazing fusion of Native American Taino, Caribbean, African and Spanish gastronomy. There are some dishes that use the techniques of Spanish and African cooking while there are those that have Caribbean influences. Because of the Cuban cooking’s distinct flavors and deliciousness, it has become one of the most popular and most loved cuisines in the world. With that being said, we want to encourage you to grill your food Cuban-style. With the use of our special marinade, you’ll be able to serve grilled goodies that combine spicy, sour and sweetness!
A Brief History Of The Mojo Criollo Marinade
Mojo criollo is believed to have originated from the Canary Islands and has Cuban and Caribbean versions as well. It’s a sauce that comes in several varieties but spiciness is their common and distinct characteristic. The original version of the mojo criollo is a combination of olive oil, salt, local peppers, paprika, coriander and garlic. The Cuban version on the other hand, makes use of sour ingredients like lime, lemons, oranges or vinegar.
What Can You Do With A Mojo Criollo?
You can use the mojo criollo marinade for grilling vegetables, poultry, red meat and even fish, too. If you want to barbecue your chicken, veal, fish steaks, pork loins, pork chops, grill kebabs or roast your turkey, simply marinade them in the mojo criollo and they’ll end up flavorful!
The Ultimate Mojo Criollo Recipe
If you want to store a jar of mojo, use this recipe below. If you need to marinate a whole pig, remember to multiply each of the ingredients by four.
- 1 tablespoon bay leaves
- 1 garlic bulb
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 4 ounces water
- 6 ounces orange juice
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- 4 ounces pineapple juice
1. Peel your garlic gloves and mash them all.
2. In a mixing bowl, put together all the ingredients: pineapple juice, lemon juice, orange juice, water, salt, oregano, cumin, garlic and bay leaves. Stir all these thoroughly to distribute the flavors evenly. Let the mixture sit for a minimum of one hour.
3. This amount of sauce is enough to marinate a pork shoulder or a ham.
4. Here’s a quick tip though. Instead of soaking your meat in the sauce, infuse it into the meat with the use of a professional marinade injector. This way, every fiber of the meat becomes flavorful.
5. If you’re going to roast a whole pig, make sure that you’ll inject the mojo criollo into its hams and shoulders first. Afterward, flip the pig and apply the sauce onto its skin. Follow up with the application of your preferred rub. For best results, use the Cuban adobo seasoning.
We hope that you loved this pig roast injection recipe we shared with you today. Feel free to browse our blog page to get our adobo criollo and whole pig rub recipes. Also get tips on what to serve with a whole roasted pig or how to choose a pig grill for sale. And remember, to serve the tastiest grilled dishes, only use the best barbecue grill in town! Visit our website or call us at 1-800-338-1323 to get your La Caja China now!
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