Print

Mojo Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 212 kcal
Author Justin + Erica Winn | Real Simple Good

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder or butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, about 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or other cooking oil)

For topping/serving:

  • romaine lettuce (or sub Siete Tortillas or other sturdy lettuce)
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • jalapenos, sliced
  • lemon/lime wedges
  • diced red onion

Instructions

For the Instant Pot:

  1. Cut pork into cubes and set aside. Prep onion and garlic as noted.
  2. Combine orange juice, lemon juice, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper powder in a bowl or jar and mix well.
  3. Press the sauté button on the instant pot and add ghee. Once hot, add in the pork and brown it on all sides. Press cancel on the instant pot once the pork is browned.
  4. Pour the juice/seasoning mixture all over the pork cubes and add in the diced onion and garlic.
  5. Secure the lid on the instant pot and close the pressure valve. Press the "manual" button (or "pressure cook" button) and set the time to cook for 30 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, let the pressure naturally release on its own for 20 minutes.
  6. Manually release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Shred the pork with two forks.
  7. Serve the mojo pork in lettuce wedges or tortillas with your favorite toppings. Spoon some of the extra sauce from the instant pot over the pork for serving.

For the slow cooker:

  1. Follow steps 1 & 2 above.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add ghee. Once hot, add in the pork and brown it on all sides (you may need to do this in batches). Remove pork and place it in the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the juice/seasoning mixture all over the pork cubes and add in the diced onion and garlic.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Remove the lid and shred the pork with two forks.
  5. Serve the mojo pork in lettuce wedges or tortillas with your favorite toppings. Spoon some of the extra sauce from the instant pot over the pork for serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet and do not include optional toppings/serving items for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.  

Nutrition Facts
Mojo Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.