Mojo is a popular marinade and sauce in Cuban cuisine. A mojo marinade is a simple combination of garlic, spices and citrus juice. It injects wonderful flavor to meat.
marinade for meat
Refrigerate at least
Head of Garlic
peeled and smashed
Sour Orange Juice
(about 10-12 sour oranges - about 3-4 lbs.)
If you’re making the sour orange juice: combine 1 cup of orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed) and ½ cup lime juice. Stir or shake the juice to combine well.
Juice the sour oranges. Use a strainer to catch all the seeds.
Peel the garlic. Smash the garlic cloves; place them on a cutting board and give them a good whack with the side of a large knife.
Add the garlic and about ½ tsp. kosher salt to a mortar and pestle. Work the garlic until you break it down into small flat pieces.
Add the smashed garlic, sour orange juice, olive oil, oregano, cumin, 1 tsp. salt, and the bay leaf to a medium bowl or jar. Stir or shake to combine well.
Let the marinade sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, a couple of hours is better. It will keep overnight too, if you want to make it ahead of time.
Shake or stir the mojo marinade well before using.