Pork Butt Recipes: Lechon Asada

Pork Butt RecipesWe are always on the look out for great pork butt recipes, and this Lechon Asada fits the bill in a big way! Like a lot of awesome pork butt recipes this one starts with a good rub and gets carefully basted while it is on the smoker. If you are looking to add to your your pork butt recipes this is one to save! This Cuban inspired pork will have you looking for a mojito and turning up the salsa and reggae.

Pork Butt Recipes: Lechon Asada

The Rub

  • 1 Tbs Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano (We grind this into a powder)
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder

Give the pork butt a good healthy rub and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. We like to do this the night before, but if pressed for time you can skip this step, and put the pork butt right out onto the smoker.

The Baste

This is a Mojo inspired baste. Mojo is a citrusy and garlicky sauce that is used a ton in Cuban cuisine. This is our take on it.

  • The Juice of 12 Fresh Limes
  • The Juice of 2 Oranges
  • Whole Head of Garlic (I run mine through a press)
  • 1 Tbs Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbs Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil

Pork Butt Recipes

This Lechon Asada is best smoked at 250 degrees, to an internal temperature of 185 degrees. We mop it with the Mojo sauce every hour while it is on.  We take this pork butt off a good 10 degrees below where we normally would, because we like to slice it and not shred it. We love to have this on a Cuban Sandwich or with good Cuban rice and beans. You will be surprised at how well all the flavors come together in a garlicky, salty, peppery, citrusy way. It is a wholly different experience than a Southern Style Pork Butt, but it is just as good. Trust us you won’t be disappointed!

If you liked this check out our other Pork Butt Recipes:

How to make Awesome Smoked Pork Butt

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