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    Puerto Rican Roast Pork Shoulder

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    4 hrs 20 mins

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    4 hrs

    threeovens's Note:

    This recipe is for a bone-in pork shoulder, or pernil. It is marinated in a garlicky paste for 1 to 3 days; the longer the better. Unlike other recipes in the database, it is cooked at a relatively high heat so that the result is a tender roast with crispy crackling or chicharons. Adapted from Daisy Martinez. Cooking time is approximate. The original recipe called for a 4.5 lb pork shoulder. The smallest I found was 8.5 lbs.

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    1. 1
      Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and the salt to form a paste.
    2. 2
      Add the pepper and oregano and pound well to incorporate; stir in the olive oil and vinegar, this called a wet adobo which will keep in the refrigerator for 5 or 6 days.
    3. 3
      Place the roast skin side up and make several slits, about 1 1/2 inches long and as deep as possible; spoon some wet adobo into the slit.
    4. 4
      Turn roast and do the same with the other sides, then rub the adobo all over.
    5. 5
      Refrigerate, covered for at least one day, up to 3.
    6. 6
      Turn once a day.
    7. 7
      Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
    8. 8
      Roast, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan for 1 hour; reduce heat to 400 degrees F and roast until the skin is deep golden and crackly (160 degrees on an internal meat thermometer), about 3 hours.
    9. 9
      Let rest at least 15 minutes before carving.
    10. 10
      Remove the crispy skin and cut into smaller pieces (you can use kitchen shears).
    11. 11
      Carve the meat, parallel to the bone, all the way through to the bone.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 13, 2014


      i didnt want to have to cook the pork for that long,i jumped when i seen this one,bravo to u,it tastes just like i remember in the Bronx nyc

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    Nutritional Facts for Puerto Rican Roast Pork Shoulder

    Serving Size: 1 (247 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 588.1
    Calories from Fat 405
    Total Fat 45.0 g
    Saturated Fat 15.2 g
    Cholesterol 171.0 mg
    Sodium 811.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 41.5 g

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    white wine vinegar

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