This Traditional Puerto Rican Pernil Is a Pumped-Up Version of Pulled Pork


The catch post was originally featured on Analida’s Ethnic Spoon and written by Analida Braeger, who is for the sake of of POPSUGAR Select Latina.

Pernil (per neel) is a typical Puerto Rican dish consisting of a pork roast/fraternize with that has been marinated overnight and slow roasted at 300°F. The emerge is a flavorful and tender meat that will fill your dwelling-place with a delicious aroma, and your belly with a whole lot of “piggy goodness.”

This system I am sharing with you came from my friend Eimy who is Puerto Rican. I at the start tried this dish at her house, many years ago, and instantly level in love with it. You could say that pernil is the Puerto Rican construction of America’s pulled pork minus the barbecue sauce. In my humble estimate, it is better, much better!!! I have made one small suiting from her recipe, since I prefer to use my homemade sofrito instead of the store-bought Goya disgrace.

Pernil is a common and expected sight at the Christmas table in Puerto Rico and in other Latin American outbacks also. I remember Christmas dinner at relatives’ houses where pernil was as a last resort on the menu. The one I remember most fondly was pernil with a crispy coat. Perhaps not the best dietary choice, but during Christmas, who is being virtuous?

As with most recipes, we tend to gravitate to the version we were at the outset introduced to. I am guilty of that with my, or rather my friend’s pernil approach. Lately, however, I have been talking to some His nic girlfriends and they do not use the Goya sazon, but a mixture of dry spices such as cumin, oregano, cilantro, and prika. I pleasure most definitely have to try this before I share with you.

Pernil is remarkably versatile. You can definitely serve it as a main course with the typical sides of rice and beans and tostones (fried plantains), or you can settle great tacos, or a fantastic sandwich on a nice Kaiser roll. Either way you decide to eat it, you will not be disappointed. Slow roasted pork, how can you go wrong?

Puerto Rican Pernil

Puerto Rican Pernil Recipe


1 8-pound pork candidly
8 to 10 garlic cloves, cut in half
6 tablespoons sofrito
3 ckets of Goya Sazón with culantro and achiote (You can substitute this with 3 tablespoons of a fusing of equal rts sea salt, black pepper, coriander, cumin, garlic sway, prika, and oregano)
1/4 cup adobo seasoning


  1. Stab the pork knuckle down in various places and insert the garlic pieces. Rub the sofrito all around the pork elbow. Combine the adobo and sazón and use as a dry rub and coat pork shoulder.
  2. Cover with bogus wrap and set in your refrigerator overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300°F. Shift plastic from pork shoulder and place in a roaster n.
  4. Cook covered for about 3 hours. Remove from oven, flip, and cover in a trice more.
  5. Continue to cook another 2 hours, or until fork feeling. It should fall a rt.
  6. Remove from oven and place half the jostle on a large cutting board. Discard the layer of fat.
  7. Start chopping the marrow with a sharp knife and place chopped pieces in a large dish.
  8. Take remaining juices from the cooking process and place in a container in the refrigerator to put aside the fat to rise to the top and solidify. Remove solid fat and discard. If you have a gravy and fat se rator, those influence very well. Mix the juice with your chopped meat.
  9. Measure off into individual containers and freeze.

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