Cuban Inspired Applewood Pork Skewers Recipe

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Living in South Florida, Cuban inspiration abounds and I have one of my co-workers to thank for the idea behind these skewers. The pork shoulder meat is readily available in Latin supermarkets because it is traditionally used in the dish Masas de Cerdo Fritas (fried pork chunks). In addition to the meat selection, the cilantro, lime, garlic marinade is what adds the “Cuban inspiration” to this dish.

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Servings: 6-8


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  • Pork:
  • Bamboo skewers- soak in water for 30 minutes beforehand so they don’t burn on the grill
  • 1 lb Cuban pork chunks – (I find these in the Latin market, use something similar if you can’t find)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick Grillmates Applewood Rub
  • Herbed Grilled Veggies:
  • Equal parts Squash, zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh grated Parmesan


  1. Meat:
  2. Cut pork chunks into smaller pieces so they will cook more evenly on the grill. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, juice of the limes, garlic and cilantro and let marinate for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. After the meat has marinated, add the applewood rub and stir into the meat mixture.
  4. Put meat on skewers.
  5. Grill on a medium/high heat grill for 10 minutes total, turning halfway through, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  6. Veggies:
  7. Slice veggies lengthwise and drizzle with balsamic, olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, sea salt and pepper.
  8. Grill on medium direct heat until char marks form.
  9. Once off the grill, sprinkle with fresh grated parm. Great served hot or cold!
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 59g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 206  
Calories from Fat 185 90%
Total Fat 21.07g 26%
Saturated Fat 11.08g 44%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Potassium 50mg 1%
Total Carbs 4.15g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Sugars 0.69g 0%
Protein 2.23g 4%


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