Recipe courtesy of Ingrid Hoffmann
Print
Cuban Roasted Pork Leg: Pernil
Total:
6 hr 45 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
50 min
Cook:
5 hr 30 min
Yield:
10 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
6 hr 45 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
50 min
Cook:
5 hr 30 min
Yield:
10 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 6 sprigs fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup Delicioso Adobo, recipe follows
  • 1 cup store-bought Mojo sauce
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • 1 (14 to 16-pound) bone-in whole fresh pork leg
Delicioso Adobo:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon achiote powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions

Place the garlic cloves on a cutting board. Slice the cloves in half lengthwise and then smash with the side of a chef's knife. Sprinkle the salt over the garlic and chop and smear the garlic against the cutting board until it makes a paste. (This can also be done using a mortar pestle; smash the garlic halves before placing them in the mortar.) Add the oregano, chop it into the garlic paste and mix together. Put the garlic paste in a large bowl. Add the Adobo, Mojo, the orange and lime juices. Mix well to combine.

Place the pork in a roasting pan and using a sharp knife, score the surface of the meat in a crosshatch pattern. Pour the marinade over the pork, being sure it gets into the incisions and penetrates the meat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day in the refrigerator, covered and turning it once or twice.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Uncover the pork and allow the meat to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

Roast the pork for 30 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and continue to roast until the meat is falling apart and an instant-read thermometer reaches 160 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the pork. Baste with the marinade every 30 minutes. Total roasting time will be approximately 5 to 5 1/2 hours.

Remove from oven and let it stand at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes, covered loosely with a foil, before cutting it in slices.

Delicioso Adobo:

Note: This recipe for adobo is a staple seasoning for many of my Latin recipes. You can make a large batch, store it in an airtight container and use it as a flavor enhancer in your favorite dishes.

Combine all measured ingredients in a small glass jar with an airtight lid and shake to blend. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

Trending Videos 7 Videos

Lighter Chocolate Brownies 02:54

These fudgy chocolate brownies are surprisingly low in fat and calories.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Cuban-Style Pork Roast

Recipe courtesy of Michelle Jones

Slow-Roasted Boar Leg

Recipe courtesy of Chris Bournakas

Smoked and Roasted Leg of Lamb

Recipe courtesy of Renee Erickson

Roasted Pork Loin

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Korean Roasted Pork Belly Bossam

Recipe courtesy of Judy Joo

Chinese Roast Pork

Recipe courtesy of Roger Mooking

Roast Pork Ramen Noodles (From the Pork Broth)

Recipe courtesy of Claudia Sidoti

Really Slow Roast Pork Shoulder with Crispy, Crispy Crackling and Garlic Roast Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of Lorraine Pascale

Cuban-Style Black Beans

Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

On TV

Unwrapped 2.0

10am | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30am | 9:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

11:30am | 10:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

12:30pm | 11:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

3:30pm | 2:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Man Fire Food

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Man Fire Food

8pm | 7c

Man Fire Food

8:30pm | 7:30c

Man Fire Food

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10pm | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Late Nite Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12am | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30am | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1am | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30am | 12:30c

Cheap Eats

2am | 1c

Cheap Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

Trending Videos

So Much Pretty Food Here