Cuban Pork (Lechon Asado)

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Raise your hand if you love Cuban food! You can’t see me, but I am doing the wave on my side of the screen.

I’ve never been to Cuba, but man, if the Country is as nice as its food, I may just move there someday! I will move anywhere for good food.

When we lived in the East Coast, I was able to find amazing Cuban food, but once we moved to Colorado, the options were not as plentiful. So I had to learn to cook my own Cuban food. And man, I am happy I did!

Now I can indulge in this Cuban pork or Lechon Asado, whenever I want without leaving my house.

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Lechon Asado means Roasted Pig, which by its very name implies an oven or a spit, but since I am in the midst of motherhood craziness right now, you know I had to make this recipe into less of fire hazard – therefore, instead of the oven, I cook it in my crock pot.

This recipe is part of my freezer meal collection so when I shop for groceries in my wholesale club, I usually buy large quantities of pork shoulder and batch prep it so I can have it at least a couple times a month.

Traditionally, Cuban pork is served with rice and beans, but my favorite way to indulge in this dish is with a good piece of baguette, cheese and a side of chips. Oh and let’s not forget that the juices left in the slow cooker are like liquid gold! I like to dip my delicious sandwich into it. It’s Cuban pork au jus, which in my dictionary means freaking amazing!

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Even my picky toddler who now only eats protein if it’s deep fried (chicken strips and fish sticks are kid’s crack!), actually eats this with no problem. I think it’s because of the citrus that gives it just enough of a tartness for his palate to like it. He loves anything tart, always has! You know those videos of kids making funny faces when they try lemon for the first time? Yep, not my kid. My kid loves lemon so much, we have to order extra if we go to a restaurant, because he will chew on it until all the flesh is gone!

Not that my kid’s taste for food should convince you that this recipe is amazing, but it really is. Next time you feel like having pork, give this a try. You will be licking your fingers for sure!

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Cuban Pork or Lechon Asado

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Cuban
Servings: 16 people


  • 8 lbs pork shoulder
  • bay leaves
  • 8 tablespoons of pureed garlic 16-20 gloves
  • 8 teaspoons oregano
  • 8 cups yellow onions chopped
  • 1 cups fresh lime juice (about 8 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 cups fresh orange juice (about 3-4 large oranges)
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • vegetable oil


  • In a skillet or griddle, in medium high heat, add some vegetable oil and brown the meat.
  • Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook for 8 hrs on low.
  • Pull the pork apart.
  • Strain the juice and enjoy au jus or add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to make it thick enough to pour over meat.


    • Jana
      January 28, 2019 / 12:39 am

      Recipe posts do the same for me!

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