Monday, January 19, 2009

Tyler Florence's Pork Shoulder "Pernil" with Cilantro-Citrus Adobo


1 boneless pork shoulder (about 4 pounds), skin on
4 garlic cloves, smashed
1 handful fresh oregano
1 bunch fresh cilantro, plus chopped cilantro, for garnish
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt and fresh coarsely ground black pepper
2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for serving
2 oranges, juiced
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place the pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan fitted with a rack insert, and using a sharp knife, score the surface of the meat with small slits. Prepare the adobo: In a food processor, add the garlic, oregano, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add lime juice and orange juice. Drizzle in olive oil and pulse until you have a nice puree. Rub the marinade all over the pork, being sure to get into the incisions so the salt can penetrate the meat and pull out the moisture - this will help form a crust on the outside when cooked.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Roast the pork for 3 hours, uncovered, until the skin is crispy-brown. Let the meat rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing, covered lightly with aluminum foil. Drizzle with lime juice and garnish with cilantro.

Haylee's Note:
This was a really fun change! I liked making something a little different. We made ours in the crock pot, and it came out pretty tender. We served this with coconut rice, black beans, and grilled pineapple.

Here is a picture before cooking:

For the original recipe, click here

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