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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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MagsMeals October 04, 2009

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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ShayOliver December 07, 2010

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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Metritek May 21, 2010

Oh, INCREDIBLE pork roast. I saw this recipe over on Tasty Kitchen and just made it today, and it is the most perfect pork I have ever eaten. I used half the salt and cooked it in the crockpot on low while we were at work, and it was just swimming in juice and falling apart when we got home. My husband went nuts. He had some on noodles and I had some on a sourdough bun, and we both had to stop ourselves from taking more than we needed. An absolute keeper, and highly recommended.

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Erin R. March 15, 2010

I made two pernils following this recipe last thursday, and it was great! I gave one to my parents and the other had it for my family. I followed the directions with just adding a little more garlic, and marinated it for two days. I cooked them at 350 degrees each for 2 and a half ( my pernils were 4.5 pounds) and then i put the temp higher to 450 degrees for another hour to crisp the skin. It came out great! Next time, i will add a packet of sazon for each pernil. Thank you for the recipe.

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GetFitwithJuju December 21, 2010

Yummers. I made this for a family get together. I made it exactly as posted with no deviation. Once the meat was done, and I had let it cool down, I shredded it with 2 forks, and used it to make Cuban sandwiches. Everyone raved about it. I also had a fat bowl of it once everyone left, hehehe. Oh yeah, and the chicharrone is irresistible.

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knaylor76 May 17, 2010

This is the BEST pork I have EVER had. My husband said he could just stand there and eat the whole thing. We used the meat to make cuban sandwiches. My husband grew up in Florida and loves cuban sandwiches. I will NEVER use another recipe for pork should again. I marinated this for 2 days (partly because I forgot to put it in the oven before we left for the day...Im so glad that I did!!) THIS IS THE ONE FOR ME!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!! Update: Nov. 8th, 2008 I have continued to make this pork as often as I can. I have made it for my extended family too, sister and her husband and my mom and dad and it has now become (especially my mom) their favorite pork recipe!! Im telling you this has become my sunday pot roast!!!

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Cheeseburger in Paradise November 08, 2008

this is almost exactly how My Grandma (who is born in PR) and I make it, but we add 2 things extra achiote oil and sofrito. To make achiote oil heat olive oil the add annato seeds ( it must turn the color of a sunset)immediately remove seeds. Then sofrito is a more complicated process to those holes. Mmmm...Yummy!

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boopadoop51 November 08, 2006

By FAR the best roast pork I have ever had, and I am a roast pork fanatic. Incredibly juicy and flavorful. Make sure to take the foil off to get the skin crisp, it makes all the difference. I make this for everyone now.

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kierot June 12, 2011

This was the best pork roast that I ever made! My roast was 4lbs and I cooked for about 3.5 hrs. I followed the recipe except used apple cider vinegar because that's all I had.

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909692 November 18, 2009
Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)