I got so many comments on Facebook regarding this photo that I figured it would be great to share the Pork Shoulder Roast in more detail. Plus a good friend and an ardent supporter of the journey wants to make this for his family. So I gotta make sure I help out.
On the Bacon Bandwagon?
Now I know right away what many of you thinking: put bacon on almost anything and folks will comment, like and share it. But honestly that wasn’t my original intention. Obviously many parts of the world are already bacon-crazed and I’m just a tiny ember in the blaze.
Watch this from Portlandia and just insert “bacon” for “bird.”
Funny stuff. OK, here’s the recipe.
Pork Shoulder Roast Recipe
(Or a “Pernil” for the Puerto Ricans in da house). The recipe is mostly from memory but I got some extra details from El Boriqua. She’s got lots of great recipes on her site.[list icon=”check”]
- 1 6-8 lbs. Pork Picnic Shoulder
- 1 big head of garlic
- 2 Teaspoons of oregano (fresh oregano is good)
- 2 Teaspoons of ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- Peel up your garlic cloves
- Rinse up the pork shoulder and sprinkle some Adobo or sea salt to your taste. Season the night before if you can.
- With a wide knife make 1″ slits in the pork evenly spread around on both sides. You can stab it if you like!
- Using a mortar and pestle (pilón) mash up the garlic.oregano/pepper well.
- Then add your olive oil to make into an aromatic paste.
- Fill each little space with in the pork with the paste.
- Place the pork shoulder fat side up in a roasting pan.
- Cover it well with aluminum foil so it won’t dry out.
- You can uncover it for the last 15 – 20 minutes on high to get some crunchy skin (and bacon of course!).
- I bake it slow for about 5 hours at 300º. (Cooking time would be longer for a larger roast.)
- Enjoy the festive aromas happening in your kitchen
- Check it half way through and you can baste it if you like..
I make it pretty good but my step-mom still makes it better!
- Don’t forget to put bacon on it.
So in the future, if you want your photos to go viral – just put bacon on it.
Just wait until I get me some pigs… in the journey.