pernil slow roasted puerto rican style pork
5 from 1 vote


Puerto Rican pernil is one of my all time favorite dishes. You can eat this alone or make tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and  it freezes well also.  This is the best pernil recipe I have ever made and it gives a really tender, slow cooked juicy pork with wonderful flavors.  Be sure you save the juice, separate it from the fat and add it back to the meat!  Que rico!

Course Main dish
Cuisine Latin American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 servings
Calories 277 kcal
Author Analida


  • 8 lbs pork shoulder 1 full pork butt or shoulder, skin off.
  • 8-10 garlic cloves cut into 4-5 slivers each
  • 6 Tbsp sofrito
  • 2 packets of Goya Sazon with culantro y achiote paleo diet: substitute a 3 Tbsp mixture of equal parts of sea salt, black pepper, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, paprika and oregano
  • 1/4 cup adobo seasoning paleo diet: see paleo adobe recipe below


  1. Stab the pork shoulder in various places and insert the garlic pieces. Rub the sofrito all around the pork shoulder. Combine the adobo and sazon and use as a dry rub and coat pork shoulder.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and set in your refrigerator overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300F. Remove plastic from pork shoulder and place in a roaster pan.
  4. Cook covered for about 3 hours. Remove from oven, flip and cover once more.
  5. Continue to cook another 2 hours, or until fork tender. It should fall apart.
  6. Remove from oven and place half the shoulder on a large cutting board. Discard the layer of fat.
  7. Start chopping the meat with a sharp knife and place chopped pieces in a large bowl.
  8. Take remaining juices from the cooking process and place in a container in the refrigerator to allow the fat to rise to the top and solidify. Remove solid fat and discard. If you have a gravy and fat separator, those work very well. Mix the juice with your chopped meat.
  9. Portion off into individual containers and freeze.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 661mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 3.2%
Calcium 3%
Iron 13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.