Cuban Mojo Pork Roast | RecipeTin Eats


This is THE Cuban pork roast from the 2014 film “Chef”, created especially for the film by Roy Choi, original chef and rock star of Korean fusion food truck LA. Easy to make, the pork is juicy and tender (no thermometer needed!) and the flavor is amazing. INCREDIBLE!!

Cuban roast pork - the current recipe for "Chief" movie, created by Roy Choi.  Easy to make, amazing flavor, virtually foolproof.

While the rest of the world is obsessed with “50 Shades of Grey,” I’m obsessed with Jon Favreau’s “Chef.” Have you seen him? If you’re a foodie, this is a must!

Film Director of Jon Favreau
Film Director of Jon Favreau. With a surprising “all star” cast! A must see for foodies!

There are classic moments in the film that only “foodies” will appreciate. Like when one of the actors sways to the rhythm of Latin music while rubbing pork with marinade (seriously, cooking has never been so sexy!). And the passion to cook the dishes you love.

I was somewhat skeptical about trying a recipe from a movie until I read that the “featured” recipe was actually made by a real chef – Roy Choi. Do you know who Roy Choi is? He is a ROCK STAR in the foodie world, known for starting the food truck movement in Los Angeles with his Korean fusion taco truck, Kogi. Cool and talented beyond words.

I found the recipe for Cuban Roast Pork Marinated in Mojo from the movie Chef here to And as soon as I read it, I knew it was going to be a good recipe.

When I tried it, I discovered that it was a awesome Recipe. One that I had to share with you!

Cuban roast pork - the current recipe for "Chief" movie, created by Roy Choi.  Easy to make, amazing flavor, virtually foolproof.

This Cuban pork roast is really easy to make. Simply prepare a handful of ingredients for the marinade, then marinate overnight to infuse the flavors into the pork. This marinade REALLY soaks into the meat. You will be amazed.

Cuban Sandwiches (Cubanos)_Chef Movie
Be sure to save some pork to make Cuban sandwiches (Cubanos), the famous sandwiches from the movie “Chef”!! Recipe to come on Easter Monday. 🙂

It’s also far less maintenance and stress than traditional roast pork, as it’s supposed to be overcooked, long and slow until the meat is tender and juicy. The cooking times I provided result in a really tender and juicy roast, but one that can still be cut. But you know what? Even if your oven is too powerful, if you leave it on for too long, it will still work! The worst that can happen is that the meat is too strain and it crumbles, i.e. you just pull the shreds out with forceps instead of cutting them out.

Really. If it’s the “failed” result, then in my books, it’s a “foolproof” recipe.

I made this Cuban Pork Roast using Murray Valley Pork which is simply the best quality pork produced in Australia! You can’t get it from supermarkets, only from butchers, and if there’s ever a time to splurge on good quality pork, it’s Easter!

OK, disconnect! I really mean I’m having this Cuban Pork Roast for Easter lunch. But I’ve cooked almost 15kg of pork in the past two weeks, so I’m pretty stuffed. So I think I’m going to stick with chicken this year.

really hope you consider this pig for your Easter table though!! I promise it is worthy of being the centerpiece. 🙂 –Nagi

PS Be sure to save some Cuban Roast Pork to make Cuban Sandwiches (Cubanos)! I will share the recipe on Easter Monday. All you need is leftover Mojo-marinated pork, baguettes, Swiss cheese, pickles, and slices of regular ham. A die BEST SANDWICHES I have ever had in my life!!

Cuban roast pork - the current recipe for "Chief" movie, created by Roy Choi.  Easy to make, amazing flavor, virtually foolproof.

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Cuban roast pork - the current recipe for "Chief" movie, created by Roy Choi.  Easy to make, amazing flavor, virtually foolproof.

Juicy Roast Pork with Cuban Mojo (recipe from the chef’s movie)

Servings8 -ten

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This is the Mojo Marinated Pork Roast from John Favreau’s movie “Chef”. The recipe was created by LA rock star chef Roy Choi. The flavors of the marinade are classic Cuban, lemony and strong. It infuses incredibly well into pork. I made this with boneless pork shoulder because I made it specifically with the intention of using the leftovers to make cubanos (Cuban sandwiches) and the boneless is easier to slice. But it can also be made with bone-in pork (add 0.5 kg/1 lb to the weight of the pork). This roast is extremely tender but still fine for carving rather than “slicing” with tongs – although I’m also providing cooking times for a pulled Cuban pork option!


  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the herbs and garlic are finely chopped. Alternatively, you can mince/finely chop the garlic and herbs then mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

  • Place in a large ziplock bag with the pork. Place in the fridge overnight (in a bowl, just to be sure).

  • Remove pork from marinade and leave on counter for 1 hour (bring to room temperature). Reserve the marinade.

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F (fan 200°C).

  • Roast, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Base with cooking juices.

  • Lower the heat to 190°C/375°F (170°C). Roast for another 1 1/2 – 2 hours, basting every half hour, until internal temperature reaches 70°/160°F. At this temperature, the pork is cooked, still juicy and bindable, as it should be (Note 1)

  • Alternative to collapsing tender (cannot be sliced, meat will fall apart): Roast at 160°C/320°F (all oven types) for 3.5 hours or until meat can be easily shredded using 2 forks (check on the side).

  • Remove from oven and place on a plate lined with aluminum foil. Rest for 20 minutes before serving with Mojo sauce on the side. I garnished mine with slices of fried oranges and extra cilantro/cilantro leaves.

mojo sauce

  • Place the reserved marinade, mojo sauce ingredients and 2 tablespoons cooking juices in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add more lime juice or even a splash of sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and set aside.

Recipe Notes:

1. I use the same marinade ingredients as the original recipe and for the slicing version (as pictured in the article) the cooking time matches the source recipe.
Most people have a habit of slowly cooking the pork shoulder until it is shreddable. But for Cuban mojo pork, it’s meant to be cooked so it can be sliced ​​rather than easily shredded, especially for cubanos (Cuban pork sandwiches), a traditional and famous use of roast pork mojo (made from thin slices of pig)!
Dismantling option – I also offer a “collapse” option which cannot be sliced ​​clean because the meat is so tender. The slow cook option is incredibly delicious, you can’t go wrong with the Cuban pulled pork! ! The bonus is that it’s easier – no thermometer required.
Ability to roll the pork into a neat roll and tie it with kitchen twine, to get nice round pork slices.
DO NOT use loin, tenderloin or thigh – they dry out. The neck will work.
2. This would be great served with Caribbean Rice and Beans or Coconut Rice (but omit the kaffir lime leaves from this recipe as it is for Asian Coconut Rice.
3. Be sure to save pork to make Cuban sandwiches (Cubanos)! I will share the recipe on Monday. One of the BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had in my life!
4. Recipe adapted from Mojo Marinated Pork Shoulder from Food and wine. The marinade ingredients are exactly the same. Mojo sauce is something I invented (why waste the delicious marinade??!). And the roasting time and method are slightly different – refer to note 1.
5. Nutrition of Cuban Roast Pork per serving assuming 10 servings and all the Mojo Sauce is used (which probably won’t be the case). This nutritional analysis does not take into account that all the cooking juices (i.e. pork fat) are not consumed because they are discarded. Thus, the calories per serving are lower.
Mojo Marinated Pork Nutrition

Nutrition Information:

Portion: 229gcalories: 538callus (27%)Carbohydrates: 4.2g (1%)Protein: 31.3g (63%)Fat: 44.5g (68%)Saturated fat: 13.5g (84%)Polyunsaturated fats: 31gCholesterol: 113mg (38%)Sodium: 356mg (15%)Sugar: 2.1g (2%)

Pork marinated in Cuban mojo - the real recipe for "Chief" movie, created by Roy Choi.  Easy to make, amazing flavor, virtually foolproof.

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