Christmas Eve “Pig”

Lechon Asado

Preparation info
  • Serves

    16 to 20

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

Pit-roasted pig is the traditional centerpiece of a Cuban Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve supper, a holiday that stirs the same sort of emotions—and digestive juices—in a Cuban heart that Thanksgiving does in ours. Come Christmas Eve day in Miami, the sky fills with fragrant smoke, as thousands of backyard barbecue buffs—everyone from bricklayers to bankers—cook whole young pigs that have been marinating overnight in tangy adobo, a garlic-sour orange marinade flavored with cumin