Cuban pork roast or lechon asado cubano is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes to make for an easy family dinner. It’s cooked in a tangy mojo and makes the best cuban sandwiches ever!
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 if it is as nice as the food, I may just move there someday.
I will move anywhere for good food!
Every time my husband and I travel through Miami, I always make the point to eat some Cuban food. It’s delicious and so hard to find the further inland you get in the US.
So what’s a girl to do when she craves good Cuban pork?
Cook it herself, that’s what!
Unfortunately there is no knight in shining armor when it comes to Lechon Asado! But if there was, I’d marry him in a heartbeat!
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork with Mojo
This cuban pork recipe is made with a nice pork shoulder and slow cooked in the crockpot with a tangy and garlicky sauce, called mojo.
Are you drooling yet? Yeah, I thought so!
Lechon Asado means roasted pig in Spanish. It is usually roasted in the oven or cooked on a spit, but since I mom life is all about shortcuts, this recipe is perfect! And less of a fire hazard!
Raise your hand if you have burned lots of pots and pans since becoming a parent. (I am raising both of my hands – just so you know!)
This recipe is also part of my recurring freezer meal rotation.
When I shop for groceries in my wholesale club, I usually buy large quantities of pork shoulder and prep it so I can have Cuban pork ready to go in my freezer.
Traditionally, Cuban pork is served with rice and beans, but my favorite way to indulge in lechon asado is to eat it as a sandwich- 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!
Now you can also indulge in this Cuban pork roast or Lechon Asado, whenever you want without leaving home.
Even my picky toddler, who only eats protein if it’s deep fried (a.k.a. chicken strips and fish sticks), actually eats this with no problem.
I think it’s the mojo that gives the Cuban pork just enough of a tartness for him 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!
What recipe should I make next?
Cuban Pork or Lechon Asado
- 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.