Instant Pot Mojo Pork (Cuban Pork Roast Recipe)

Instant Pot Mojo Pork cooks up so tender and delicious with the help of your electric pressure cooker. The tangy citrus marinade is loaded with delicious spices and makes for the most flavorful meat that’s perfect for piling into tortillas.

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Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork

My Instant Pot obsession continues. I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it.

For years I’ve been making this cuban mojo pork, but it has never come out so flavorful, tender and juicy until I made it in my pressure cooker. Not to mention, it cooks in a quarter of the time!

This recipe for Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork could not be simpler. To make the marinade, just juice up a grapefruit and lime, throw that into a blender with a bunch of garlic, cumin, brown sugar and oregano and then just give it a good run, until the garlic is incorporated. At this point, your kitchen will smell like absolute heaven…

Then, add that yummy marinade to a large ziploc bag and pop in your quartered pork shoulder. Let it sit at room temp for an hour, or leave it in the fridge overnight to really let those flavors soak in.

When you’re ready to cook, Just throw the entire contents of the bag into your Instant Pot, set it to seal, and let it cook away for 80 minutes.

Since the Instant Pot makes things totally hands-off, you’ve got plenty of time to sneak in an episode of Real Housewives and still have time to warm those tortillas and chop up any toppings you might want to pile on top. – like guacamole, pico de gallo, or pineapple salsa.

Ingredients Needed

  • Boneless Pork Shoulder – You can also use pork butt for this recipe.
  • Garlic
  • Lime + Grapefruit
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Spices – Oregano, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Salt

How to Make It

  • Combine garlic, grapefruit juice, lime juice and zest, oil, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend until combined.
  • Add the mojo marinade to a ziplock bag, along with the bay leaf and pork.
  • Let sit at room temperature 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge.
  • When ready to cook, place the pork and marinade in the Instant Pot. Make sure your sealing ring is in place on the lid. Lock the lid onto the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release valve is in the “sealing” position.
  • Press the MANUAL button and set Instant Pot for HIGH pressure for 80 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  • Once the 80 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the lid.
  • Remove the pork from the Instant Pot, leaving the cooking liquids in the pot.
  • Press the “SAUTE” button and boil the cooking liquids for 5 minutes to reduce them a bit. Skim off any extra fat. 
  • Meanwhile, shred the pork using two forks.
  • Toss the shredded pork with about 1 cup of the cooking liquids and salt, to taste.
  • Enjoy in tortillas with your favorite toppings (suggestions below).

Recipe Tips

  1. Cut your pork shoulder into four pieces. Not only will it cook faster this way, but also there will be more surface area for all that yummy marinade to soak into.
  2. Be sure to give it time to marinate before cooking. I’ll either give it an hour at room temperature, or better yet, leave it to marinate overnight in the fridge.
  3. Reduce the cooking liquids – After the pork is done, remove it and then cook those liquids down by using the “saute” feature on the Instant Pot. This really concentrates the flavor and is so delicious when it’s tossed with the shredded pork.
  4. Season one last time – Give it a final taste and sprinkle with more salt if necessary.

How to Serve

You can eat this Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork taco-style in tortillas, with your favorite toppings.

Or, if you’re going the low carb route, you could serve it with cauliflower rice. Or, make an amazing taco salad with all the fixings.

We had plenty leftover since it was just the two of us, so we had tacos one night, bowls the next and with the rest of the mojo pork, we made these sheet pan cubano sandwiches.

Topping Ideas

For me, the pickled onions are a must. I love having them on hand for topping all kinds of things – salads, Instant Pot Split Pea Dal, Chicken Gyro Bowls, Migas. Plus, you can make them up to two weeks ahead of time. In truth, I normally have a jar in my fridge at all times.

What to Serve with Mojo Pork

Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork

How to Make Ahead and Store

Cuban mojo pork will last in the fridge for up to five days. Store it in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for up to three months. I like portion the cooked pork into individual freezer bags and freeze them flat.

Recipe FAQs

Why is the secret to tender pulled pork? 

Cooking mojo pork requires a long cook time for the meat to become tender. If you find that your meat is tough, you may need to cook it a bit longer. Place the lid back on your pot and cook for 5 minutes longer. Repeat the process if you still find that your meat is tough. 

Can you overcook pork shoulder? 

Unlike more lean cuts of pork, like the chops and tenderloin, pork shoulder becomes more tender the longer it cooks. So even if you cook it a bit too long, it won’t become  dry or rubbery. 

What if I can’t find pork shoulder? 

You can also use pork butt for this recipe. You want something with a good amount of fat. Lean cuts, like a pork tenderloin, will not become fall apart tender, which is what you want for this cuban pork.

Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork

Wine Pairings

Pinot Noir – The light body, bright acidity, and notes of tart red berries made the perfect match for the warm spices and notes of citrus in the mojo pork. 

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Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Pork cooks up so tender and delicious with the help of your electric pressure cooker. The tangy citrus marinade is loaded with delicious spices and makes for the most flavorful meat that’s perfect for piling into tortillas.

Instant Pot Mojo Pork Recipe

Instant Pot Mojo Pork cooks up so tender and delicious with the help of your electric pressure cooker. The tangy citrus marinade is loaded with delicious spices and makes for the most flavorful meat that’s perfect for piling into tortillas.
4.98 from 45 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Time for pressure to build and release: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (cut into four pieces)
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 grapefruit (juiced)
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano (or ½ tablespoon fresh oregano)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • In a blender or mini food processor, combine the garlic, grapefruit juice, lime zest and juice, oil, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, and salt; process until blended.
  • Add this mixture to a ziplock bag, along with the bay leaf and pork.
  • Let sit at room temperature 1 hour, or refrigerated as long as overnight.
  • When ready to cook, place the pork and marinade in the Instant Pot. Make sure your sealing ring is in place on the lid. Lock the lid onto the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release knob is in the “sealing” position.
  • Press the “MANUAL” button and set Instant Pot for HIGH pressure for 80 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  • Once the 80 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the lid.
  • Remove the pork from the Instant Pot, leaving the cooking liquids in the pot.
  • Press the “SAUTE” button and boil the cooking liquids for 5 minutes to reduce them a bit. Skim off any extra fat. 
  • Meanwhile, shred the pork using two forks.
  • Toss the shredded pork with about 1 cup of the cooking liquids. Season with salt, to taste. 
  • Serve in tortillas with cilantro, avocado, hot sauce, salsa and lime.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Follow steps 1-3 above.
  • Place pork in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Once the cooking time is up, remove the pork from the slow cooker.
  • Taste the cooking liquids for flavor. If bland, or watery, transfer to a pot on your stove, set over medium-high heat, and boil it down for 7-10 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.
  • Meanwhile, shred the pork using two forks.
  • Toss the shredded pork with about 1 cup of the cooking liquids.
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Nutrition

Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1308mg | Potassium: 1094mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 17.3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg

This post was originally published in 2018. It was updated in 2023. The instant pot cuban pork recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

45 thoughts on “Instant Pot Mojo Pork (Cuban Pork Roast Recipe)”

  1. 5 stars
    That sounds amazing! I still don’t have an instant pot, but I can imagine using the same ingredients to use with smoked pork shoulder! Deeeelicious. Definitely going to experiment with these flavors 🙂

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  2. I just got a pressure cooker as a wedding gift, and I’m guessing it cooks the same as an instant pot? I need to do my research! But one way or the other, these look INCREDIBLE – especially with Cinco de Mayo coming up! 💃

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  3. 5 stars
    Just made this today. It’s great and incredibly easy. We served it with dry fried corn tortillas, homemade Pico de gallo, sliced avocado, cilantro, lime wedges, and mojitos. It will definitely be put in our dinner rotation. I had to sub out the grapefruit due to statin issues and used some very grapefruity Sauvignon Blanc in its place. Wish I could use grapefruit, but the flavor was still amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • hi gary, i know its been a few months since you commented on this recipe but mojo is usually made with a combination of orange and lime, so those would also be a good substitute for the grapefruit in this recipe!

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  4. Hi. I am making this tonight. I have cooked a few things in the IP successfully but still getting use to it. I have a question regarding step #6 and natural release. When the 70 minute cook time is finished do I just let the IP sit till pin goes down? I have used quick release before however when leaving it to what seems natural release I don’t see or hear any steam coming out. Any tips for me?

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  5. Hey, I have my pork marinating as we speak. I don’t see any instruction to add more water to the Instapot when cooking. I don’t think i got a cups worth of grapefruit and lime juice. Do I need to add water before cooking or no? I’m excited to have this dish for dinner tonight, just want to make sure it can come to pressure with just marinade. Thank you!

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    • Hi Brittney – You do not need to add any water to the Instant Pot. The citrus juices in the marinade allow it to come to pressure. Hope that helps!

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  6. I didn’t notice most of the reviewers hadn’t made the recipe until afterwards! This didn’t turn out well for us.

    We have been using our pressure cooker for a couple of years now and this is our first “fail”. Pressure cooker wouldn’t come to pressure because it needed liquid added. After checking seals etc and digging out the manual we added liquid per to manual’s recommendation.

    Perhaps because liquid was needed the flavor was so mild that it was missing “something”. We have lots of of leftovers to try to jazz up to eat this week, I guess.

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    • I’m sorry you had this experience Elle. My pressure has always come up with just the marinade being poured into the pot… Did you add that? The marinade is also what gives the meat that yummy flavor as it cooks along…

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      • 5 stars
        I just made this recipe with 3lb of pork tenderloin, as it was on sale and I like the cut. I reduced the cooking time to 65min to compensate for having slightly less meat than the recipe calls for, and for using a leaner cut. It turned out perfectly tender and very flavorful. I’ll definitely be making this again. Fantastic recipe!

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  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and let me just say it is out standing!! So easy and so delicious I highly highly recommend this recipe! Possibly one of the best dishes I’ve ever made in my life! Thank you for sharing!

    PS… I did cheat by buying a bottle of Mojo for the marinade😬😃

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  8. 4 stars
    I altered this a bit. I did 2 lbs of pork and I cut the cumin and oregano amounts in half. I probably should have cut the salt back a bit too. I cooked it for 45 minutes in the instant pot, natural pressure released it for 10 minutes, then broiled the meat for 5 minutes on each side. Then put it back in the sauce after it had reduced for during the broiling. It was fantastic.

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  9. 5 stars
    Just tried this and it’s one of the best meals I’ve made in the Instant Pot since we got one a couple of years ago. I would describe it as an incredibly flavorful carnitas-esque treatment of pork with a depth of flavor that is unique. Thanks so much!

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  10. 5 stars
    I made this for a football tailgate, 5 1/2 lb shoulder so I doubled the recipe. Used pickled onions, jalapeños, hot sauce, limes grilled some flour and corn tortillas. They were the best tacos ever! I received so many comments on how how they were the best tacos they ever had. Thank you for this recipe. It will be in my normal rotation of party foods.

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  11. 5 stars
    So so so good. I used my crockpot. I didn’t make any changes at all and it was perfect. Made Pico to go with it and served with lime, avocado, cilantro, and lettuce. This will be thrown into our rotation. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  12. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Will not pair them with tortillas — no tortillas in Cuban cooking 😉

    This Cuban-American will report back– fingers crossed!

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  13. 5 stars
    I am so happy I found this recipe!!! I have to admit that I have simplified it a little by buying a bottle of Goya Mojo and using it instead of making it from scratch. This is so easy!! Two ingredients! The Bottle of mojo and the boneless pork roast! I just allowed it to marinate over night and followed the instructions to cook and it was AMAZING!!!!!

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  14. How much do you increase the time if you are cooking a much bigger piece of pork shoulder? We’ve made this twice and it is so delicious, we want more leftovers!!

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  15. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing flavor!!! I follow the recipe exactly as written, and it comes out perfectly every time. This is definitely my go to recipe when hosting an informal gathering. My family and friends love it! Thank you Erin!

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