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A bowl with pernil slow roasted Puerto Rican style pork.
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Pernil - Authentic Puerto Rican Slow Roasted Pork

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
Keyword adobo, crock pot, pernil, pork shoulder, Puerto rican dishes, roasted, slow cooker, sofrito, taco
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 servings
Calories 277 kcal



  1. Stab the pork shoulder in various places and insert the garlic pieces. Combine the adobo and sazon and use as a dry rub and coat pork shoulder.  Rub the sofrito all around the 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. You can add ½ to 1 cup of water to the roaster to add some additional juices for later.

  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.  This will keep frozen for several months if you vacuum pack it. 

Nutrition Facts
Pernil - Authentic Puerto Rican Slow Roasted Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 661mg19%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.