- 3-4 lb pork butt
- 2 table spoons sea salt
- 12 oz. Soul de Cuba Mojo Marinade
- 2-3 oz white wine
- 1-2 oz lemon juice
Rub pork butt with sea salt. Coat pork butt with 6 oz Soul de Cuba Mojo and marinate for 30 minutes or more. Place in oven pan and cover with foil. Roast for 1 ½ - 2 hours @ 450 degrees (or until center reaches 180 degrees). Take out of oven and use tongs to pull meat apart until shredded. Place shredded pork in a pot of stove top. Add 2-3 oz. white wine. Add 1-2 oz. lemon juice. Add 6 oz. Soul de Cuba Mojo. Cook on low flame mixing regularly.
The cuban style roast pork AKA lechon asado, is the traditional celebration food in the Caribbean Island. It is a classic of their cuisine, and a festive party dish that gathers people around its cooking during family celebrations. Cooked, either as a whole pig, or just a good cut of pork meat, this dish is traditionally evaluated from its marinade (the mojo mix that every family does their own way), as well as from the tenderness and juiciness of the meat.
Classic cuban Mojos usually includes cumin, oregano, lots of garlic and super tasty sour orange, but even the way people marinade the meat is different from one family to another. The way cubans prepare the mojo is what makes this lechon different from other spanish speaking countries.
Give this recipe a try, especially if you are looking for a classic cuban dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, or other family holidays.
If you feel like complementing the roasted pork with more Cuban traditional flavors, try adding Yuca con mojo, and a salad or moro rice. At the Soul de Cuba restaurant in New Haven, we accompany the roast pork from our menu with tostones, another classic of the cuban cuisine. The twice-fried plantain slices are the perfect crunchy combination that our family uses to enjoy the lechon with.
If you manage to have some leftover roast pork for the next day, you can prepare your own mix of cuban sandwich, adding some more salsa and onions. The Soul de Cuba family prides on the mojos recipes that have been passed through generations, and that are now part of the Soul de Cuba online market.