pig roast marinade injection recipeWhenever you hear the words backyard barbecue parties, what dishes cross your mind? Surely, you’ll think about baby back ribs, pork chops, skewers or kebabs, clam bake and all other American barbecue dishes. However, if you want to give your party menu a Cuban twist, there’s one popular dish that you should serve — the Cuban pig roast. Imagine pinching on its crispy skin and then savoring its moist, tender meat. Definitely blissful! You’ll even think about that ice-cold cerveza, too! But do you know what makes a Cuban pig roast delectable? Its marinade!

What’s the Cuban pig roast marinade?

The Cuban pig roast marinade is called the mojo criollo. It’s originally from the Canary Islands though the Caribbean has its own version, too.  You should find a lot of recipe varieties for this sauce but it is worth noting that their common denominator is the use of chilies. To describe this marinade, we would say that it’s a special mix of olive oil, garlic, salt, paprika, coriander, cumin, water and local peppers.

So is the mojo criollo used for pig roasts only?

Nope. It’s actually a versatile marinade that you can use for various types of food items: fish, meat, veggies and even poultry. So if you’re grilling pork, turkey, chicken, veal, salmon and kebabs, you can definitely use the mojo criollo. Your loved ones and friends will surely love it!

The La Caja China Original Pig Roast Marinade Recipe

Want to know what makes our mojo criollo special? Here’s a recipe you can use!


* 1 garlic bulb

* 1 tablespoon oregano

* 1 tablespoon cumin

* 1 tablespoon bay leaves

* 4 teaspoons salt

* 4 ounces water

* 4 ounces pineapple juice

* 2 ounces lemon juice

* 6 ounces orange juice


1. Remove the garlic cloves’ skin and mash them all up. Make sure that they’ll end up fine to prevent them from clogging your meat injector.

2. In a large mixing bowl, simply mix the lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, salt, bay leaves, cumin, oregano, water and mashed garlic. Use a spatula to stir the mixture thoroughly. Let the mixture sit for approximately one hour before using it. That should be enough time to let the flavors settle.

3. Take note that the ingredients above are just enough to flavor the shoulders and hams of a pig. If you need a marinade for a whole hog, just multiply each ingredient by four.

4. To marinade your pig, you’ll have to use a meat injector. Start with the pig’s hams or shoulder. After these parts, flip the hog and apply the mixture onto its skin. Apply your preferred rub, too. We suggest using adobo seasoning to make your pig roast speak Cuban.

We hope that you loved our original pig roast marinade injection recipe. Also feel free to check out our mojo criollo barbecue recipes; lechon asado recipe and chicken drumstick recipes. Learn how do you cook a pig and get awesome BBQ tips from our website, too! 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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