Roast Pork (Cuban Lechon Asado)

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This is a Cuban classic dish, found in a typical Cuban party! The pork is roasted and marinated in Mojo to give a distinctive flavor. This recipe is for a leg of ham, although a whole pig can be roasted as well.


  • 7 lb fresh ham (pork leg with skin on) 
  • Mojo for marinating and roasting 


Prepare pork leg by piercing pork with a sharp knife. Place pork leg in large pan. Pour Mojo over and around pork, cover in aluminum foil, and let sit in refrigerator overnight. You can buy premade bottled Mojo, or prepare it yourself.

When you are ready to cook the pork, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pork in a large roasting pan with all the Mojo juices. With a large spoon, pour the juices all over the pork. Place the pan in the oven and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Check pork occasionally and pour Mojo on sides over the roast pork with spoon. When the internal temperature reaches about 160 degrees F, remove the pork from the oven. Place pork in a large serving pan and cover with aluminum foil. Wait a few minutes to let cool down, then slice and serve.

Serving Size: 10 -12