What is PERNIL?

Pernil is a slow cooked pork shoulder, with tender crispy skin on top.  It is marinated overnight and roasted, then shredded before serving. Pernil is a traditional holiday dish in Latin cultures, and each culture has a slightly different preparation.


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Step 1. Prepare the marinade in the food processor.

Step 2. Fold back the fat cap on the meat. Cut deep holes in the roast and stuff with garlic.

Step 3. Spoon 1/3 of the marinade over the roast, rubbing it in.  Flip and repeat on the other side.

Step 4. Lay the fat cap back on and slice it in a checkerboard pattern. Top with remaining marinade.

Step 5. Cover the roast and marinate for 24-28 hours. Flip every 3-5 hours for best flavor.

Step 6. Remove the roast from the fridge. Add chicken broth to the pan, cover with foil, and cook for about 4 hours.

Step 7. Remove foil, turn up the heat, and cook for another 30 minutes to crisp up the skin.

Step 8. Let cool for 20-30 minutes, then shred.  Pour some of the juices from the pan over the meat, stir together, and serve!

Pernil is traditionally served with Arroz con Gandules (Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas), but it pairs well with many sides!

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