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    Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)

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    15 hrs 30 mins

    9 hrs

    6 hrs 30 mins

    Michelle Figueroa's Note:

    This is a delicious way to cook pork. I got this recipe from my boyfriend who is from Puerto Rico. This also makes excellent, moist meat for Cuban sandwiches.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    Roast

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Wash the pork shoulder.
    2. 2
      With a sharp knife, make 1 inch deep cuts into the pork.
    3. 3
      With mortar and pestle crush garlic, oregano and black pepper together. Add olive oil, vinegar and salt. Mix well.
    4. 4
      Spoon some of the garlic mixture inside the small cuts around the pork, and spread remaining mixture all over the pork.
    5. 5
      Place pork in an aluminum turkey pan (skin side up); cover with aluminum foil tightly. Refrigerate at least 8 hours. (I have marinated this for as long as two days.).
    6. 6
      Bake in pre-heated 325 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 5 to 6 hours.
    7. 7
      Remove aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for another hour or until skin is crisp. Closely watch this so you don't burn the skin (chicharrone).
    8. 8
      Pork should be well-done and tender.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 04, 2009

      55

      This was incredibly delicious. I used a small, <3 lb. roast, and marinated it only 3 hours. I used 6 cloves of garlic instead of 12, but the rest of the ingredients were as written. I cooked it at 300 for 3 hours, covered and then at 350 for 45 min. uncovered. Very moist and tender.

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    • on December 07, 2010

      55

      Call it what you want (I know...technically it's Pernil. My boyfriend is Puerto Rican too!) - but I call it the "5 hours of torture roast". It fills the house with such a tantalizing aroma that you swear you will lose your mind obsessing over the timer! Thanks for posting this. Awesome!

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    • on May 21, 2010

      55

      This is just the best pork recipe I have ever tasted. I followed the directions exactly as stated. I am just not sure what cut of meat I had but it said picnic on it. Even a terrible cook like me could not ruin this roast. Thank you so much for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)

    Serving Size: 1 (3801 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 8991.8
     
    Calories from Fat 6242
    69%
    Total Fat 693.6 g
    1067%
    Saturated Fat 232.1 g
    1160%
    Cholesterol 2576.4 mg
    858%
    Sodium 20972.3 mg
    873%
    Total Carbohydrate 14.0 g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    6%
    Sugars 0.6 g
    2%
    Protein 625.9 g
    1251%

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