How to make Lechon (Roasted Pork) or Pernil Asado

by nilda on October 29, 2011

Hello and a warm welcome back to Nilda’s Kitchen Latin Corner. First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you for the kind words and responses. I hope to continue to make cooking easier and delicious for you and your family. So let’s get back to business.

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be spending a lot of time with our families. And there is no better way to spend this time than at the dinner table.

If you have a big family like I do, I’m sure you wonder what can you cook that will feed all of them. But who wants to spend all day in the kitchen cooking, not me that is for sure.

So when I need to feed more than 10 family members, I love cooking Lechon Asado (Roasted Pork). It’s delicious and easy to cook. Please be aware that there are many ways one can cook Lechon Asado. I prefer to keep it simple and easy. The ingredients I use can be found in many of the local stores.

To cook Lechon Asado (Roasted Pork) you will need the following.

  • Carne de Puerco (other names are Picnic Shoulder
  • Adobo
  • McCormick seasoning (steak).
  • This has a combination of the Peper, Sea Salt, and Garlic
  • Sazon (not necessarily needed)
  • 1 large Turkey bag
    Large roaster (I use one with a lid)

Begin by seasoning your meat the night before. This will allow for seasoning to settle in. Cut into your meat by making little slices and seasoning the inside with the adobo as well on the outside. Really season it well with adobo and with your McCormick season. You can add additional pepper to it if you like but not necessary at this point. Once you have seasoned your meat, go ahead put it in your refrigerator and let it sit in there all night. Depending on the size of your meat and what time your guests will be arriving, you will need to determine at what time you will be putting your meat to cook. For example if you have a 10 lb pork, it will require 20 to 25 minutes per pound. So it will take approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hrs to cook.

In my video you will notice I was cooking 2 porks (one 12 lb and one 10lb) which took me a total of 7 hrs. At 6 1/2 hrs I removed the meat from the turkey bag. Make sure you are careful when doing this because it is very hot. Once you have done this, you will see how your meat starts to come apart. Taste your meat to determine if you need more seasoning. Usually you will need more so add more Adobo and McCormick to pork. Mix in well. Put your pork back in the oven and let it cook for an additional 30 minutes.

If your guests have not yet arrived, lower the temperature of your oven to 200 degrees that way your meat stays warms. When you are ready to eat, by all means go ahead and serve and enjoy!

From My Kitchen to Yours.

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