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Pernil or Roast Pork Puerto Rican Style

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Category: Dinner Party, Healthy Recipes, Main Dish, Pork

 Ingredients List

  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle Pepper or cayenne pepper, optional
  • â…“ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 pounds pork shoulder, bone-in


1. Mix all the spices with the garlic and the olive oil.
2. Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the pork and rub the pork with the spices mixture.
3. Place the pork, skin side up, in a roaster (no need to use the rack.)
4. Preferably, let the pork marinate overnight or at least 4 hours before cooking in the refrigerator.
5. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.
6. Take the pork out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
7. Roast uncovered for 3 to 3-1/2 hours in center of the oven.
8. Every hour during the cooking, flip the pork over.
9. The idea is to cook the pork evenly, and your last flip will have the pork skin side up again.
10. At the end, the pork should be at an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
11. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing it and enjoy!

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