Put Bacon On It

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.

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  • 1 6-8 lbs. Pork Picnic Shoulder
  • Adobo
  • 1 big head of garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons of oregano (fresh oregano is good)
  • 2 Teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil


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  • 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!


  1. Don’t forget to put bacon on it.
Pernil - Pork shoulder roast
Falling apart and full of flavor!

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.


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