Cuban Mojo Pork Chops
When I first heard “pork chops with mojo”, Austin Powers came to mind. I thought it was just someone trying to talk up their own pork chop recipe. I didn’t realize that “mojo” is actually a culinary term, a pretty great term at that. “Mojo” sauces originated in the Canary Islands, but have evolved and become a part of many different ethnic cuisines. In this recipe, my mojo sauce is a Cuban version. I had some delicious pork chops from the farm that my mom belongs too and wanted to put them to good use.
Mojo Pork is a Cuban dish for marinated pork with a tangy sauce. This sauce is a combination of tart flavors, from orange juice, lime juice and vinegar, with spicy flavors, from cumin and cayenne pepper. I advise not to use salt in the rub; instead add salt to taste at the end. I say this because the tangy flavors from the juice and vinegar can make the dish seem overwhelming if you add too much salt. With the right balance, you get a delicious tangy flavor. This recipe also adds moisture to pork chops, wich can sometimes seem a bit dry.
Cuban Pork Chops with Mojo Sauce
- 4 pork chops
- 1 1/4 cups orange juice
- 3/4 cups lime juice
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 red onion sliced thinly
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup white wine
- In a large, sealable container, mix 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup lime juice and pork. Let marinate, refrigerated, for 1 hour.
- In a small bowl, mix together the pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and oregano.
- Dry the pork chops and coat with the spice mixture.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat and sear each side of the pork chops (about 1 minute per side).
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the onion and garlic and cook for an additional minute or two.
- Add the 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice and white wine. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer until the liquid is reduced, slightly thickened and the chops are cooked through (about 5-10 minutes).
- Remove the pork from the pan and cover to keep warm. Reduce the liquid again by half, then pour over the pork before serving.
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I am experimenting so much wih pork these days and your pork chops seem to be great!! Loved the recipe. Buzzed too!!
This chop certainly does look good. I am always up for anything that has sweet&heat seasoning! Thanks for sharing.
Will definitely try this one
I haven’t had pork chops in a while. This would be a great recipe to try.
These chops look good! The hubster and I love pork chops! Buzzed ya!
I’m a huge fan of mojo, something about the lime juice and orange juice mixed with seasonings just makes it top notch. Thanks for the recipe!
Pork chop looks wonderful! Will try this. Thanks for sharing.
Wow – I had no idea! These look awesome, and the Mojo sauce sounds absolutely delicious!
Oh gosh, those chops look so goodl!
Yummmmm, I want some Mojo Sauce!
The pork chops look GROOVY, baby!
Great looking And sounding dish. Always looking for new sauces 🙂 Great meeting you on twitter. Look forward to exploring your blog!
There’s nothing like a well seasoned juicy pork chop! Lovin this and buzzin you!
Well these pork chops certainly do have a lot of mojo! They look wonderful! Love the seasonings and the sauce.
I love love love a good pork chop and this fits the bill!!!