Pernil is what my family enjoys every year for Christmas! A delicious well seasoned roasted pork shoulder with a very crispy skin. You may marinate it up to two days in advance.
This pernil is a youtube favorite along with Candied Yams, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, and Honey Baked Turkey Wings!
Growing up this is what we had every single Christmas Eve. It’s awesome because you can make Cuban sandwiches with any leftovers. I love serving this with rice and black beans. Nothing beats it.
Cuban grandchildren don’t care if our grandmothers overcook the pork by a couple hours we still devour it. The crispier the skin, the better. And if the pork is dry, no worries all the liquid the pork released while cooking will moisten things up. We call it mojo.
This dish will be your new Christmas tradition, this flavorful pork is just like my grandmother used to make–the pernil is a roast pork dish that’s glazed in a sweet citrus sauce that offsets the spices in the dish. Try it today!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 people
- Cuisine: Cuban
- 7-9 lb Pork Shoulder
- 2 oranges
- 4 limes
- 7 garlic cloves
- 1 envelope Sazon Goya
- 1/2 tbsp oregano
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- To make the marinade, squeeze the juice of the oranges and lime and stir in the minced garlic, oregano, granulated onion, Sazon, salt, and pepper.
- Remove the skin 3/4s of the way and then make several 1 inch deep cuts using a sharp knife into the pork shoulder.
- Season the pork all over with salt and pepper generously and then pour over the marinade.
- Place the skin back in place, cover with aluminum foil and place it in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Let the pork shoulder come to room temperature and then place it in the oven for 25 minutes per pound or until skin is crisp and the pork is fully cooked through.
- Slice the pork into thin medallions or shred it and enjoy!