Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado, or  Cuban roast pork, is  marinated  and cooked in the  slow cooker  for a perfectly tender and  moist pork  roast.

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Slow Cooker Lechon Asado is my recipe of the day with my blogging group Multicooker Monday. We’ve been meeting up  once per  month to share recipes that use small appliances, such as the  Instant  Pot, slow cooker, toaster oven,  air fryer, sous vide, etc.

The idea is to expand the repertoire of  both your (and our!) collections of skills and recipes. Especially if your cooker is still sitting somewhere in a box waiting  to be discovered.

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Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Cuban Roast  Pork

Lechon Asado  is a typical Cuban style roast  pork. Many times it  is grilled but today we are using the  slow cooker. Lechon means  pork, and asado means roast,  so that’s pretty much it.

This type of  pork is  usually marinated in a naranja or  sour orange type marinade, which you can replicate with orange juice and lime (or lemon).

It is  also common to see this  prepared with a pork shoulder roast which takes a longer time to  cook  as it is a tougher cut of meat. I find those better for making  pulled pork, as they shred easily. Since I wanted a  good  slicing pork, I kept to  the loin, which is more lean. The  loin also has a MUCH shorter cooking time or  it gets very tough. So please adhere to the cooking  temp I suggest (which is 145F, and rises  to a  nice serving temp of  150F as it rests). If you  don’t,  it’s your pork, but I doubt you would like it. (Dry as a bone).

Perfectly Cooked

The  pork  as I have  cooked it is perfectly done, still  moist and cooked through and  very slicable  after it rests.  If you slice too soon,  the residual heat drives the moisture out of the roast. Use the resting time to prepare your mojo sauce.

After cooking it is often served with a  mojo sauce.  Of which there are various types. The type I have prepared includes a little tomato, although  it doesn’t  make it taste overly tomatoey. It is still very much mojo.

Other  uses for Cuban roast pork  include the beautiful Cuban sandwich. And  since  I had  lots of pork  leftover, I made some of  those as well and will be sharing  the recipe with you tomorrow. So be  sure to check back in.

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Multicooker Monday August 2020:

Recipes using Small Kitchen Appliances

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

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Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado

Sue Lau
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Marinating time 6 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • slow cooker


  • 4 pound boneless center cut pork loin half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Tomato Mojo (yield 1-1/2 cups):

  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato


  • Drain the marinade into the crock and add one cup chicken broth.
  • Brown the pork in the 2 tablespoons of oil then add the pork to the crock.
  • Cover, set on LOW (not high!), and cook for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until the pork temps at 145F with an instant read thermometer. This might mean setting the cooker at 8-10 hours and turning it off after 2 hours 45 minutes if it doesn't say low already.
  • Remove pork from the crock and let rest, covered with foil, for about 20 minutes.
  • While pork rests, combine mojo ingredients in a food processor and puree.
  • Slice pork thinly and serve with mojo sauce.


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