Make Ahead


October 17, 2016
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Pernil, here in the U.S., is most often a highly seasoned pork roast with Puerto Rican roots. It cooks low and slow until it almost falls off the bone. Because it's such a large roast there are plenty of leftovers for carnitas, Cuban sandwiches, tacos and even pulled pork sandwiches. I've even made a quick version of my Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew on this site. Give yourself plenty of time for this roast. I do the prep the day before. —inpatskitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: inpatskitchen has won a whopping 6 contests with 69 Community Picks!
WHAT: Slow-roasted pork shoulder that’s as good on its own as it is in tacos.
HOW: Rub a large pork shoulder with a heady garlicky and herb mixture and let it marinate up to 24 hours. Roast for 3 hours until the meat is juicy and the skin is crisp. That’s it!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The bright flavored marinade takes this roast from good, to something you want to eat all week long in tortillas, sandwiches, and even in stew. —The Editors

  • Serves many
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • Juice of a large lime
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 6 to 8 pound pork shoulder roast (skin on if you can find it) or fresh ham with skin on
In This Recipe
  1. Place all ingredients (except the pork shoulder, of course) in a mini food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Cut one inch slits on the fat or skin side of the roast, place in a roasting pan and then massage the roast with the marinade, pushing some into the slits you've made. Use all of the marinade over all sides of the roast.
  3. Cover the roast tightly with foil and place in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours (the longer, the better),
  4. When ready to roast, take the pork out of the fridge about 1/2 hour early and pre-heat your oven to 325℉. Add one cup of water to the roasting pan and recover the roast.
  5. Roast for 3 hours, covered, and then uncover and roast for about 3 hours more or until the meat is soft and juicy, the skin is crisp, and the internal temp is at least 160℉.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!