this weekend was wonderful. my dear friend Rachel had a cuatro de mayo fiesta
at her apartment and everyone got dressed up. i wore a nanette lepore dress which
happened to be sitting in my closet for weeks now. I also made my (now infamous)
slow cooked pork shoulder, or as everyone in uptown manhattan calls it, pernil.
yes, yes i know it's pork SHOULDER and i'm cooking it with different spices so
it's technically NOT pernil. also, it's not really a Mexican dish but Puerto Rican...
so maybe i should just shut my mouth and call it Roasted Pork haha not that there
was much talking when the pork was served on saturday anyway - people just
dove in and the whole thing basically disappeared. I made not one but TWO, too!
also, looking at the photo below, i know what you're thinking. "Oh god, Paola
what the heck is THAT?" i know, it's not the most flattering food photos ever but
seriously: brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapples, and pork all slow cooked??? you
don't need a pinterest-worthy photograph to imagine what THAT tastes like.
Roasted Pork Shoulder Recipe:
6-8 lb pork shoulder
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of salt
1 small can of crushed pineapples
1/4 cup of soy sauce
3 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of black pepper
1. using a sharp knife, score the surface of the meat with small slits. wash
the shoulder and place in a slow cooker on low heat, skin side up.
mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour all over the pork. cover
and let cook for 8-10 hours. i like mine fall-off-the-bone tender so i tend to
cook it for about 12. yes, 12 hours, i know. your house will smell magical.
2. once the pork is cooked to desired doneness, transfer to an oven-safe
dish, pan juices and all. broil in the oven until the skin is nice and crisp,
occasionally basting the skin with the syrupy gravy. i topped mine with
pineapple slices secured with toothpicks & let those caramelize. so good!
seriously one of the easiest things to cook. ever. you should try it!