For Flavorful Cuban-Style Meats, Garlic Adobo Is Essential

Cuba's garlic adobo is a popular marinade used in Cuban cuisine. It is a wet marinade made with garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, and sour orange juice. This marinade provides a spicy kick from the garlic, savory notes from the cumin and oregano, and a burst of sour citrus juice. It is traditionally made into a paste using a mortar and pestle, but can also be made using a blender or food processor. Garlic adobo is used to marinate various proteins, including pork, beef, poultry, and fish, and is a key ingredient in many Cuban dishes such as lechon asado and ropa vieja.