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Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork (Pernil), Puerto Rican-Style

Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork (Pernil) Puerto Rican-Style

Do you ever crave a tender and flavorful roast pork dish? Look no further than Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork, also known as Pernil, Puerto Rican-Style. This mouthwatering dish is a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine, and for good reason. The succulent meat, marinated in a blend of aromatic spices and slow-roasted to perfection, is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

The Secret to Tender and Flavorful Pork

What sets Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork apart from the rest is the secret marinade. It’s a tantalizing blend of garlic, citrus juices, herbs, and spices that infuses the meat with incredible flavor. The marinade acts as a tenderizer, ensuring that every bite of pork is juicy and tender.

Imagine sinking your teeth into a slice of perfectly cooked roast pork, its crispy skin giving way to tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat. The flavors dance on your palate, each bite a symphony of savory and tangy notes. It’s a culinary experience like no other.

Marinating: The Key to Success

Marinating is an essential step in Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork recipe. The longer you marinate the pork, the more flavorful it becomes. The marinade works its magic, seeping into every nook and cranny of the meat, ensuring that each bite is bursting with flavor.

Think of marinating as a transformative process. The pork goes in as a blank canvas, and the marinade acts as the artist’s brush, adding layers of color and flavor. The longer you let the flavors meld together, the more vibrant and complex the final result.

Slow and Low: The Perfect Roasting Technique

Once the pork has marinated to perfection, it’s time to slow roast it. This cooking technique ensures that the meat remains tender and succulent while allowing the flavors to develop fully.

Roasting the pork low and slow is like conducting a symphony. The heat acts as the maestro, gradually coaxing out the flavors and tenderizing the meat. As the pork cooks, the aromas fill your kitchen, building anticipation for the feast to come.


Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork (Pernil) Puerto Rican-Style is a culinary masterpiece that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Puerto Rico. The tender and flavorful meat, infused with a secret marinade and slow-roasted to perfection, is a feast for the senses.

So, the next time you’re craving a dish that will impress your family and friends, give Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?

A: While the traditional cut for Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork is a pork shoulder, you can use other cuts such as pork loin or pork tenderloin. Just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary.

Q: How long should I marinate the pork?

A: For the best flavor, marinate the pork overnight or for at least 6 hours. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat and create a more flavorful dish.

Q: Can I make this recipe in advance?

A: Absolutely! Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork is a great make-ahead dish. Simply roast the pork, let it cool, and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, reheat it in the oven until warmed through.

Q: What can I serve with Daddy Eddie’s Roast Pork?

A: This dish pairs well with traditional Puerto Rican sides such as rice and beans, tostones (fried plantains), or yuca. You can also serve it with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables for a lighter option.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: Yes, you can freeze any leftover roast pork. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in foil or place it in an airtight container before freezing. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Q: Can I use the marinade for other meats?

A: Absolutely! The marinade works well with other cuts of pork, as well as chicken or beef. Experiment with different meats and see which combinations you enjoy the most.

Q: Can I make this recipe on a grill?

A: Yes, you can! After marinating the pork, you can grill it over medium heat until cooked through. The grill adds a smoky flavor to the meat, making it even more delicious.

Q: What temperature should the pork reach when roasting?

A: The pork should reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) when roasting. Use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to the proper temperature.

Q: Can I adjust the spices in the marinade to suit my taste?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the spices in the marinade to suit your taste preferences. Add more garlic for an extra kick or increase the amount of citrus juice for a tangier flavor.

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Daddy Eddie's Roast Pork (Pernil), Puerto Rican-Style

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 13 hours 15 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 10 garlic cloves , adjust to personal preference
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 5 pounds of pork shoulder , excess fat removed


  • Combine garlic cloves, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a mortar and pestle. Mash the ingredients together until a paste forms.
  • Use a small knife to make deep slits in the pork. Stuff the slits with the garlic paste, and rub any remaining paste over the pork.
  • Place the pork in a plastic roasting bag and put it in a roasting pan with a rack. Allow the pork to marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 48 hours.
  • Remove the pork from the refrigerator, uncover it, and let it come to room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Place the pork in the preheated oven with the skin-side down. Roast it until the skin turns golden brown, which should take about 2 hours.
  • Flip the pork over and continue roasting it with the skin-side up. Cook until the juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). This will take an additional 2 to 4 hours.
  • If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can mash the garlic paste in a sturdy bowl using the back of a spoon.
Keyword dinner, Garlic, Herb, Ideas, Meal, More, Pork, Recipes, Roast, Whole30
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