Puerto Rican Pork From Que Rica Vida


What a sweet life! In a blink of an eye, we find ourselves immersed in the holiday season. Christmas time to me represents traditions, joy, family unity, gifts, great music from Latin America and above all, the chance to prepare the traditional dishes of the season.

In many Latin American countries, pernil (roasted pork) is prepared on the various special occasions throughout the year. It is the main dish that accompanies the table during the Christmas celebrations. Each country or region has its own way of preparing this delicious roasted pork dish. I learned to make the Puerto Rican pernil with my brother’s wife along with the famous arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas). Now, I’m ready to teach you step-by-step, the best recipe of Puerto Rican pernil.
Dare to try it!


Preparation Time:
20 minutes

Start to Finish Time:
5 hours

15 portions


Puerto Rican Pork From Que Rica Vida

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cuisine: Caribbean, Puerto Rican
Servings: 15 portions


  • 1 cup tangerine juice
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 garlic clovers finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground Chile Ancho
  • 1 teaspoon bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher cooking salt
  • 1 picnic’s pernil with bone 9 to 10 pounds
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