Mojo Pork Bowls
Bowls are my thing now. All I want is bowls of food. I want to mush all my food together in a mish-mash of flavors. Which is funny because I definitely used to be that super annoying person who didn’t like any of my food touching. Nowadays I feel like Joey from Friends when Rachel tries to make dessert for Thanksgiving and it’s a mixture of lady fingers, jam, ground beef, and peas – I like jam, I like ground beef – f*cking mash em together and I’m satisfied. I think pretty much anything tastes good mashed together at this point. Is that good for recipe blogging career? Probably not. But I’m going to chance it. Just a heads up – I totally ripped my 2015 self off with this recipe. This recipes comes to you from my previous cookbook. But I was really craving it the other day and wanted to eat it with sweet plantains. Boom. A recipe that’s not new. Do you hate me? That’s fair if you do. We can work on things moving forward.
I’m currently STILL in Bali. This is a 2 week long trip and it’s SO WEIRD being gone this long. I feel like most people in the US take 5-7 day vacations, maybe 10. But 14 full days is pretty rare for most. And it’s a first for me. Usually you have to hit the ground running, trying to fit in as much as possible in a few short days. But not with this trip. This has been the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever been on. We wake up, we slowly decide what we want to do, plans change 100 times, and we normally end up at a couple spots. But that’s about it. It’s so damn chill. Is this what people in other countries feel like on their long holidays? I’m into it. My husband and I are reconnecting and loving each other, and I’m trying to understand why I don’t live closer to the water. Cold weather sucks ass. Humidity, sea breeze, and ocean air is where it’s at. We need to rethink our living situation soon.
The only thing that has NOT been relaxing is getting into a scooter accident. Scooters are a way of life here. It’s so easy to get around, so fast, and cheap AF. But here’s the thing – I’ve witnessed multiple friends break bones, lose skin, and get their ego highly bruised because of scooters on vacation. So when my husband and my friend Jess wanted to rent scooters while in Uluwatu, I said I would ride on the back. I’m not dummy. I don’t trust myself driving on the OPPOSITE side of the road where there are literally no f*cking rules. Pass. So Jess and my husband rented them and I’ve been riding shotgun, closing my eyes for most of it. Well the other night Jess and I ended up having to go drive 8 whole minutes to pick up dinner. Pizza to be exact. We were doing so well, even while holding 3 damn pizzas as our 8 minute drive back. We got 1 BLOCK FROM OUR HOME and Jess had a freak out moment, hitting the gas instead of the brake. We quickly ran into a fence. Luckily no one was hurt in the accident, not even the pizzas. Within seconds we had 4 guys helping us dig our scooter out (and this was on a street with NO ONE), and a guy followed us the block home as we sheepishly walked our scooters to our house. Scooters are stupid. I’ll walk 8 miles next time.
We still have 4 more full days in Bali. Tomorrow we are going to the little island of Nusa Penida then we really have no plans after that! More relaxing and eating! The only thing we still need to figure out is our last day. We fly out at 1am so we don’t need to be at the airport until 10:30 or 11pm. That’s a FULL DAY with our luggage. I hate awkward turtles flights like that. Our friend was just in Bali and they ended up renting a hotel room for a night to simply store their luggage until 10pm. Hmmmm what to do, what to do. I do know one thing – I need to stock up on some surgical masks to wear on the flight to ensure I don’t get sick going back to the states. Being sick for 5 days while on vacation made for a crappy start to a trip. I always think people who are wearing masks in public are so strange, but now I get it. Off to the store I go!
Mojo Pork Bowls
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
- Total Time: 16 hours 45 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 1x
For the mojo pork
- 1 head garlic (about 8 cloves)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 (3 pound) bone-in pork butt or shoulder
- 1 teaspoon salt
1 batch Air Fryer Sweet Plantains
For the cauliflower rice
- 2 tablespoons ghee (+extra for crisping up the pork)
- 24 ounces cauliflower rice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
For the garnishes
- cilantro, torn
- sliced avocado
- red pepper flakes
- Place garlic, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Place pork in a large resealable bowl, pour the mojo sauce over the top, cover and place in the fridge to marinate overnight.
- Place pork in the slow cooker*, pour the marinade on top, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until the meat is falling off the bone. Use 2 forks to shred the meat. Set aside.
- Make air fryer sweet plantains.
- While the plantains cook, add 2 tablespoons of ghee to a large bowl over medium heat, then add cauliflower rice, garlic powder and salt. Cook for about 15 minutes, tossing to keep the cauliflower rice from browning too much.
- Once the sweet plantains have about 10 minutes left to cook, place a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add 3-4 tablespoons of ghee then add the shredded pork in one flat layer and press down. After about 5 minutes, flip the shredded pork over and cook for another 5 minutes, until extra crispy on both sides.
- Make bowls – cauliflower rice, sweet plantains, crispy pork, avocado, cilantro, red pepper flakes, then use a spoon to spoon the mojo pork liquid from the slow cooker over the pork before serving!
*If you would prefer to cook your pork in the instant pot, sear the pork in the instant pot first, then set on high pressure for 75 minutes and let pressure release for 30 minutes before removing and shredded. This time may range depending on the size of your roast.
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17 thoughts on “Mojo Pork Bowls”
I used to live in London and had so much vacation time. My husband and I went to Thailand for 3 weeks and it was the best. The first week was all about decompressing from work and the next two weeks were pure relaxation. So good. We had a late flight from Bangkok and rented a hotel room for a night so we didn’t have to leave until around 11 for the airport. Worth it in my opinion.
such a good idea!
These look so awesome and they’re going to be on my meal prep list!
ALSO – hoping that you will be able to share your Bali itinerary in some way. We’re now planning a trip over CHRISTMAS!!!! It’s always been on our list and you’re the third person I’ve “known” to go there recently. So you’ve definitely inspired me! But wow I need to get prepared for that flight because we’ll be flying Coach. Ouch. I just can’t hang with you in first class lol.
Needing all the recommendations and healthy food options!!!
Keep it up Juli! These types of posts are my favorite and thanks for the Instant Pot option since I’m obsessed.
I visit Bali pretty frequently if you ever have any questions! I generally layover in Kuala Lumpur for a day as a break. Their airport has a hotel inside, so its really convenient to get some sleep and then go see the beautiful sites while you wait for your next leg.
Wow! This would be great. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to shoot me your email – thanks!!
i’ll be sharing a post about it next week!!
Have a blast in Nusa Penida! Definitely a step back in time but ruggedly beautiful!
total step back in time!!
Sounds delicious, it’s definitely going on our menu next week! Question though; you have lime juice listed twice. Should it just be the quarter cup of lime juice?
sorry about that. the recipe has been updated!
This looks amazing! But how best to cook plantains if you don’t have an air fryer?
do you have my latest cookbook? juli bauer’s paleo cookbook. i have an easy recipe to help you make them on the stovetop!
I did not read the ingredients correctly and did not get a “bone-in” piece of pork butt. Would this lessen the cook time or temperature? 🙁 Thank you!
i would lessen the cooking time, most likely
Oh. My. God. I made this tonight and ate it all so fast! Delicious!! Thank you for the recipe. Love the plantains in the air fryer too!
How did you achieve the crusty outside of the pork? Did you sear it before putting it in a crockpot?
check out step 5 of the instructions. i put the meat in a pan with fat to crisp it up