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Puerto Rican Pork shoulder

Pork shoulder is one of the most favorable meats used in Puerto Rico, we literally can use it for so many dishes in many different forms one being roasted which is one of my favorites normally the folks in puerto rico for christmas take the entire pig which we call lechon and they roast it outside over charcoal or wood. I normally cook the should of the pork which is also mine and my families favorite and the fastest. so, let’s get to it!



  • wash the pork with cold water, place inside a deep cooking pan
  • poke 2” deep holes on the meaty side of pork
  • peel and slice garlic cloves stuff inside the holes
  • using a big plastic cup mix the oil, 1 Sazon, black pepper, onion. Garlic powder, oregano leaves, sofrito, adobo and mix well if pasty add water to make soft liquid
  • with a spoon or pouring the seasoning mixture into the holes and all over the pork shoulder
  • take the second Sazon packet and rub it all around the pork shoulder to add color do the same with the butter
  • place pork shoulder into oven bag tie up and bake 350 degrees F. 4 – 4 1/2 hours or once it is tender and skin is hardened.
  • IF NOT USING OVEN BAG- place in roasting pan cover with aluminum foil bake 350 degrees F. 4-5 hours when halfway cooked remove foil and cook to allow skin to harden.

Transfer pork to serving tray add fruits or romaine Leafs to decor slice and serve or shred the pork for pulled pork. can be served with arroz con gandules, mashed potatoes, and a salad. You can also use the leftovers to make cuban sandwiches at home.

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