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5 from 1 vote


This dish will be your new Christmas tradition, this flavorful pork is just like my grandmother used to make. Pernil is a roast pork dish that's glazed in a sweet citrus sauce that offsets the spices in the dish. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Cuban Roasted Pork, Traditional Pernil
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 389
Author: Julie of


  • 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!



Serving: 8g | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3.3mg