In many Latin American countries, pernil (roasted pork) is prepared on 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 for Puerto Rican pernil.
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Puerto Rican Pork Recipe
- 1 whole bone-in skinless pork shank 16 to 18 lb
- 1 medium red onion cut into thin wedges
- 6 tbsp ground cumin
- 6 tbsp all-purpose Peruvian seasoning aji peruano or ancho chile powder
- 1 ½ tbsp salt
- 10 cloves garlic peeled, crushed
- ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
- Heat oven to 325°F. Using a long narrow knife, cut about twelve 2-inch deep slits in pork. Place onion wedge in each slit.
- In a medium bowl, mix rub ingredients to form a paste. Using hands, rub the entire pork shank with paste, working rub into meat. Place pork on a large rack in a roasting pan.
- Bake 6 1/2 to 7 hours, basting with pan juices after 2 hours, every 30 minutes, until meat reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Let stand for about 20 minutes before cutting into thin slices.
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