Jan 3, 2011

Skinny Slow Cooked Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork)




Slow cooked pork marinated in garlic, citrus juices, cumin and oregano.

Pernil is a typical pork dish in the Latin Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico and Cuba, served with rice and beans during the holidays or whenever there's a reason to celebrate. My husband loves pernil, especially my cousin Katia's recipe from Food For Every Season. I decided to lighten up her recipe, and bravely against my husband's wishes, I opted to use my crock pot.

A typical Pernil recipe is slow roasted in the oven with a huge slab of fat on top, which gets crispy as it cooks. My lightened version is a lean boneless shoulder blade roast, trimmed of all fat and slow cooked in the crock pot to make this easy enough to make as a weeknight meal.

Be sure to buy the boneless pork shoulder blade roast, as it is leaner than the pork shoulder picnic. Season the meat the day before and refrigerate it in the crock pot. Then when you wake up, take it out and plug it in and come home to a home cooked meal.

And by the way, when I got home from work, my house smelled wonderful, but I was still worried about my husband's opinion. I finished the last steps of shredding the pork and went into another room. My husband must have tasted the pork, because he called me in to tell me the Pernil was slamming (that's a good thing by the way!)Leftovers are great for Cuban sandwiches!


Skinny Slow Cooked Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork)
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 4 oz  Old Points: 4 pts Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 176 • Fat: 7.2 g Protein: 24.4 g Carb: 3.6 g Fiber: 0.2 g


Ingredients: 
  • 3 lb pork shoulder blade roast, lean, all fat removed
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 3 oranges, juice of (1/2 cup)
  • 2 limes, juice of

Directions:
      Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the pork and stuff holes with half of the crushed garlic. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over pork. Place in the ceramic part of the crock pot, cover and refrigerate, turning pork occasionally so the marinade covers all of pork.

      The next day, remove the crock pot and cook on low, 8 hours.

      After 8 hours, remove pork and shred using two forks. Remove liquid from crock pot and add pork back to crock. Add about 1 cup of the liquid back and adjust salt, pepper and cumin (you will probably need to add more). Let it cook another 15-30 minutes.





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      203 comments :

      1. I cant tell you how excited i am to try this one, pernil is my favorite! i just went grocery shopping yesterday so im going to have to wait till next week to try the recipe, but i gotta say sticking it in the crock pot is genius!

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      2. Yum! I make this but had no idea it was a real recipe! So funny! I do it in the crock pot too. It's so easy! Thank you for sharing!

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      3. Mmmm...I can almost taste it! YUM!

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      4. hey gee! it looks very yummy and glad it was tommy trying it to say it was "slammin" (against his wishes! LOL)... you know how i'm not a fan of crock pots. almost got rid of mine. i think it might get a chance to redeem itself. lol

        thanks for being brave! xoxo

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      5. What vegetable would you serve with it? I'm a freak about having to have a veg on my plate or I feel unbalanced :) This looks delicious!

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      6. Someone from #LATISM had asked me to remake Pernil a long time ago, and I finally got around to it. I toyed with the idea of using the crock pot for months, I was pleasantly surprised. You just hav to adjust the seasoning after you shred it, since the crock pot tends to needs more seasoning than the oven.

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      7. I served this with sauteed collard greens, but a salad would also be perfect. I'll post my collard green recipe tomorrow. It's delish and I love it with rice and beans.

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      8. Yum, yum. Something else for me to try. Thanks, Gina!

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      9. How funny! I just came home from visiting our daughter and son-in-law and new baby. At the New Year's Eve party, pernil was served and I came home determined to find a recipe.

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      10. This looks so great, can't wait to try it! Thank you SO much for everything that you do. I am back on the program after too long a time off and the "points plus" is driving me crazy...you're site really helps keep me motivated and inspired to keep working on figuring it out and trying to duplicate your beautiful dishes. Thank you!

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      11. Gina,

        Would marinating it for 24 hours be okay?

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      12. Marinating it for 24 hours is perfect!

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      13. Can't wait to try this! I love the crock pot. Thanks so much :-)

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      14. Yeh - You did it, making it this weekend!

        LaChicaQuePica :)

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      15. LaChicaQuePica, yes it was you who made the request!!

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      16. Jen Lepley-Callan1/4/11, 9:55 AM

        What is your rice and beans recipe as well...they look so good!!

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      17. This looks great and I can't wait for you to post the greens recipe! Quick question though, in your picture you have the roast tied, I have never made something like this before and was wondering, how/when would you tie it? And with what kind of string? My hubby and I just started back on WW and I LOVE your site! Thanks!

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      18. Does it really get that brown in the crock pot? or did you brown it first? Looks FABULOUS!!!

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      19. Between you and your Cousin's great sites I would look to see a cookbook bundle published! I have just about abandoned all of my other sites. You always have a great variety.

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      20. This looks amazingly good. I have been on WW for 1 1/2 yrs now and LOVE your blog. Following your blog has helped me to enjoy delicious foods and still stay within my points. I am ALWAYS raving about your blog to friends and co-workers. Thanks!!!

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      21. Sounds wonderful! I have a question about the servings - 6 servings of 4 ounces would be 24 ounces total, but you used a 3 pound roast, which would be 48 ounces, right? So are there 12 servings then? Just trying to figure out the points.

        Thanks! I will add this roast to my grocery list.

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      22. I might need to give this a try this weekend without telling of course my puertorrican hubby that I made it "gina skinny recipe" and without mentioning the crockpot. My hunny hates that machine... still not sure why because he eats everything that comes out of it. LOL!!!

        -- dalis

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      23. Looks Wonderful!!

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      24. This looks delicious! We made slow-roasted pork for New Year's Day and it was delicious! Still eating the leftovers!

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      25. This is an amazing recipe! I love slow cooked pork. Happy new year!

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      26. The pork already came tied when I purchased it, but no need to do this if yours is not.

        The pork actually browned on it's own in the crock pot, I did not brown it first. I was pleasantly surprised to see this. No one was home so the lid never came off until if finished.

        Casey and Liz, thank you!

        Angela, great question!! When you cook meat, it shrinks. I weighed it raw, then I weighed it cooked. It shrunk in weight to almost half so always weigh your food after cooking!

        Dalis - Don't tell him!

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      27. For the rice and beans pictured I had some leftover Black Eyed Peas frozen so I added 1 cup to 1 cup rice as it cooked and adjusted the salt.

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      28. Hey Gina I'm so excited that I went out and bought everything to make this. If I marinade now is that enough time to cook in the am. Also I juiced only half of the oranges and I had more than 1/2 cup juice should I keep juicing or stop there. I am Cuban so I love all your Latin inspired recipes. Married to an Italian white guy and living closer to his family than mine we don't always get the good Latin foods so now we will. Hey do you have a WW version of Picadillo? :)

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      29. Lisa, it's ok to use all the orange juice, in the end you will get rid of the excess marinade. And yes, I have a Picadillo recipe. My daughter's favorite! Picadillo

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      30. I LOVE your crockpot recipes. Please make more! :)

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      31. You really are amazing. I love trying your recipes! They are all so delicious and I love that they are lightened up without sacrificing taste! I love this site!!! Thank you, Thank You for all of your hard work!!

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      32. This is in my Crockpot as we speak. Can't wait for dinner tonight.

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      33. My store does not have lean shoulder blade roasts. Do you think if I just trim as much fat as I can off of a regular shoulder blade roast it will be sufficient?

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      34. Natalie, yes, same thing they would do.

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      35. Hi Gina, Could you do this recipe with a pork tenderloin roast?

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      36. Although I haven't tried it, I certainly think that would work out fine. Let me know how it works out if you try it.

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      37. I was wondering the same thing actually!

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      38. ChgoJudyMc1/7/11, 8:23 AM

        Gina, My husband is allergic to fruit so I wondered if I could substitute something for the orange juice and the limes.

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      39. You rock! I love your site! Thank you so much for the pernil recipe. I love Cuban food, but it's so fattening. This is a great way to make pernil. I've thought about making it in the crockpot, but never had the courage to try it! :) I can't wait try this! THANK YOU!!!

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      40. Chgo- you could replace the juice with a little vinegar if you have to.

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      41. I'm trying to use up what I already have,on hand,in the deep freeze. Would I be hit by lightning (or an angry mob!) if I was to try this technique with a turkey breast roast or tenderloin? Or even some round steak? ( I'm working on some freezer beef)

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      42. I am trying this for Sunday!! Quick question did you tie the pork with cooking twine or did you buy it that way?

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      43. Trying this today! Thanks for inspiring me ;)

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      44. I just love your blog!!!! I'm from Puerto Rico and this for sure is a most do!!! I love pernil!! And we always eat it with arroz con gandules. Your arroz con gandules recipe is really good!! love your site! It helps me to keep in track!--Carolin

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      45. Would a loin of pork work? I have one defrosting in my refrigerator.

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      46. Hey Gina - Just wondering how you came up with 4 pp+? I plugged it in the Recipe Builder & I'm coming up with 8 pp+ per serving.

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      47. Hi Rosa, I weighed the pork after it cooked and calculated it based on cooked weight. It shrunk to almost half the size when cooked.

        A pork loin I'm sure would taste great, never tried it though. Never tried this with turkey either, let me know how it works out.

        Carolin, I love arroz con gandules! A perfect side to this!

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      48. Made this last night and it was wonderful. Your recipes are very flavorful.

        Thanks

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      49. I don't have time to marinate! I was trying to find a weight watchers crockpot recipe for pork tenderloin...and this looked so good...so I just put the pork tenderloin in the crockpot with all the above ingredients...hope it turns out just as good!

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      50. I must add that I used oranges off an orange tree behind my house that were already ripe from the freeze we had! smells delicious!

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      51. Gina, I made this tonight for dinner and it was a huge hit! We served it with small corn tortillas and quick corn salsa I whipped up, and Tipatio's hot sauce. Tomorrow we're having your cuban sandwiches with the leftovers!

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      52. Going to make this and collard greens Thurs. for company. What rice and beans recipes would you suggest to go along with?

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      53. I would make it with arroz con gandules for sure!!

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      54. Gina i need your advice. i went to the store to buy the pork shoulder blade roast and couldnt see anything labeled as that, so i asked one of the butcher guys if they had it and he pointed me to a whole pork butt. now i know a pork butt is the shoulder but i ended up with 5.93 lbs of it.....what should i do with all that meat? should i just trim all the fat off cut it in half and freeze the other half to use at another time? then id end up with less than 3 lbs for the recipe... plus theres the bone, leave it in or trim in off before it goes in the crock pot?

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      55. Mine was boneless and skinless which is probably why it weighed less. I bet if you trim off the fat and bone (pain!!) it will probably wind up weighing the same. Too bad you couldn't have them trim it for you. Smithfield sells lean generation, comes trimmed but I found it in a high end supermarket.

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      56. yea it does look like i have a lot of fat to trim, maybe i will end up with only 3 lbs of meat once the fat and bone is gone. looks like have a date with a knife and the pork tomorrow morning. if i have to cut it in sections/chunks do you thing that'll affect anything? can you tell despite being a rican i have never made a Pernil myself?! wheres abuela when you need her?

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      57. It looks great! Unfortunately, I don't have a slow cooker but would like to try this in the oven. Any suggestions for oven cooking time and temp? Thanks!

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      58. I am a convert! I have never really been a huge fan of pork of any kind (yes, even bacon) but this was spectacular. I made it all day today while at work and I LOVE IT! Thank you for the recipe. I did the collard greens too. Delish!

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      59. vlo- Oh wow, first time! I know it's not easy to cut the meat off the bone, so you could trim the fat off and leave the bone on. Once it cooks, it will fall off the bone. Then you could shred it and remove the bone. It does not matter if you have more meat, the points will be the same for a 4 oz serving.

        Melanie, I have a link to Food For Every Season at the top, hers has instructions for slow cooking this in the oven.

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      60. I have the pork cooking in my crockpot as we speak and am SUPER excited to try it when we get home! We are having the pork tonight and then the cuban sandwiches the next day! LOVE YOUR BLOG! Thanks for everything!

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      61. By mistake I bought a bone in pork shoulder.
        How much longer should I cook it?

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      62. Absolutely fantastic! Very easy to do. It took me the most time to trim all the fat of the pork shoulder and then you just put it in the crock pot and forget about it. Great flavor and very moist. I will be able to eat off of this all week! Thank you Gina for sharing flavorful and healthy recipes for WW followers!

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      63. It should be done after 8 hours, if it doesn't fall off the bone, leave it longer.

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      64. Just made this tonight, along with your black eyed peas. It was DIVINE! Tomorrow I'll be making the Cuban sandwiches. You seriously rock Gina!

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      65. I made this for dinner tonight with a boneless pork loin. OMG it was AMAZING! Both my husband and I savored every bite.

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      66. Slow cooked your santa fe chicken recipe for dinner tonight (for the second time) and prepped the roast for tomorrow to simmer all day. Cannot WAIT to test it out. I smell another success!

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      67. I'm salivating over this pork. It looks amazing.

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      68. This is currently in my crock pot, and I'm not even hungry for dinner yet since I've been nibbling at it for the past couple of hours. What a tragedy :)!

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      69. Our Crockpot is out of commisson, so I used the dutch oven and put it into the oven for a few hours. I should also mention that the pork shoulder was unavailable, and pork loin was on sale, so I went with that and trimmed it down. Needless to say, this is really, really great! I'm on my second helping! The only thing I would suggest if using a pork loin, don't trim it down too much. You need a little bit of fat to keep the meat moist and crust up. Thank you for such wonderful recipes Gina!

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      70. I just tried your pork roast today, putting it on corn tortillas with sour cream, salsa & lettuce. It was awesome! Thank you!

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      71. Making this on Friday. Can't wait!

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      72. I made this for dinner last night - It is DELICIOUS!! My husband and kids loved it, too. I used 2 pork tenderloins and only had 3 small clementines, but it still came out great. The pork is so flavorful and moist. We served it with brown rice and asparagus. My husband declared this a staple dish on our dinner menu. We love your site, recipes and photos - Thank you so much!!! ~mary

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      73. Thank you yet again, Gina! I made this for dinner last night and it was so good! I had purchased a cut of pork that was bone-in at about 4.5lbs, so I juiced an extra orange and lime, just in case. It turned out perfectly! After about 7 hours the meat was already so tender that the bones were beginning to fall off, so I took them out and returned the meat to the crock pot for the extra hour before shredding. I also strained the liquid before adding it back to the crock after the meat was shredded to ensure that I got all the bones out. Dealing with bone-in meat was a bit time consuming, so I think next time I'll stick with boneless. We will definitely be making this again and again! Thank you!

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      74. that looks really good. I think I am going to actually visit my kitchen this weekend. LOL

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      75. Even though I was feeling a bit under the weather the evening that I ate this, I still found it to be delicious. I'm looking forward to eating the leftovers tonight at work!

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      76. I love ,love, love this recipe. I only had a boneless pork loin so I tried it with that. It was wonderful. If the skinny version is this good I can only imagine how good the full fat version is! My kids even ate it! They never eat anything :)

        I can't wait to make the sandwiches tomorrow. Soooo good!

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      77. Gina I have tried a few recipes from your site with great results, but this was wonderful! Definitely a company worthy recipe!

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      78. I made this (along with your collard greens) over the weekend. It was AMAZING! And it made for great soft tacos the next day. Thanks for this recipe! It's a keeper.

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      79. Made this last night! Total hit!! I did buy bone in pork shoulder and trimmed fat. It was a little under 6 lbs. so I doubled the recipe (I have big men at home who eat more than 4 oz serving!) The leftovers will be used for cuban sandwhices tonight! It was delish!!!! Mine came out a bit salty though, and I didn't add any salt at the end just more cumin.

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      80. I have tried two recipes including this one now and I have to thank you! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!
        I am on weight watchers and used to find it so hard to adapt recipes to the points. You make it so easy. I have given this site out to everyone I know!

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      81. Great!!I love that you all love it!

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      82. Hi Gina. I decided to get the crock pot so I could make this and your slow cooked black eyed peas recipe. Let me just say that I LOVED THIS!!! It came out so tasty, flavorful, juicy and just perfect. I could only find boneless pork loin roast but I loved how it came out and can't wait to try it with the pork shoulder roast to compare their flavors. I've got the black eyed peas soaking so I can try that recipe tomorrow. I can't wait! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes.

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      83. This recipe ROCKS!!! The pork is so tender and the flavor was awesome!

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      84. Melanie, great! Make the collards, it's perfect with the black eyed peas!

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      85. Hi Gina I love this recipe I have made it twice already and everyone loved it. My daughters 10th birthday is this weekend and I bought 2 roasts about 4.25lbs each to make this for the party. Not sure if all that is gonna fit in my crock pot and dont wanna have to make it twice before Saturday afternoon so can i DO THIS IN THE OVEN AND FOR HOW LONG AND WHAT TEMP.

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      86. Thanks Lisa! How wonderful!

        Bake at 425° F for one hour. Drop oven temperature to 275° F and cook for an additional 5 hours.

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      87. This is to DIE FOR!! I've been so excited to start making your recipes and this did NOT disappoint!! SO GOOD!! Thank you so much for all your hard work! Your blog is heaven sent!

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      88. This was soo good. Made it with Arroz con Gandules and everyone in my family including my picky kids loved it. I love pernil and so glad it's one of my favorites I don't have to give up. Thanks for the recipes!

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      89. You're welcome!! Glad you all liked it!

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      90. I have never had Pernil before so I didn't know what it's supposed to taste like. If it's anything like what your version tastes like than I would love it! My husband and kids went crazy. I'm going to make this for my mother's birthday celebration in a couple of weeks. I'm sure the entire family will love it as well.

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      91. Made this last week and the family loved it so much that I had nothing left to make the sandwiches. :( So, I am making it again tomorrow but doubled the amount of meat! Thanks for all the GREAT recipes!!!!!!!! It makes dieting fun. Well sort of. :)

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      92. So happy you are all loving this!!

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      93. I made this today...it is ABSOLUTELY incredible. I'm now 85 lbs down, and your recipes have have a HUGE impact on it! Weight Watchers is an amazing program, and food like this makes it easy for me to follow it.

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      94. I made this today. My whole family enjoyed it. It was really good over rice. Thanks! Elizabeth

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      95. I made this for Valentine's Day dinner and it turned out AMAZING! My boyfriend is from Puerto Rico and this along with the Puerto Rican Red Beans recipe was a hit! The pork came out juicy and tender and the beans came out savory and delicious! Definitely cooking this again!

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      96. I'm glad you all enjoyed this, especially your PRican bf!!

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      97. And Mark- Good for you! I'm glad I can help :)

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      98. I made this (along with Arroz con Gandules and Collard Greens) for my hubby's birthday today! He loved it. I don't eat pork and since I have two slow cookers, I made one just like your recipe and another made with chicken. My hubby definitely preferred the pork, but thought the chicken was great. I loved it! We topped it with Columbian Aji Picante sauce which I could eat on everything! Thanks for helping me to make his day special! :O)

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      99. Latin fusion, love it!! I love how you combined a little Colombian, Puerto Rican and Brazilian cuisine! Interesting to try with chicken, but I'm sure the pork is better!

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      100. Gina, How do you crush your garlic? I have tried it a couple different ways, and usually my garlic shoots out!!

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      101. I either smash it with the side of my knife or use a garlic crusher.

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      102. HI GINA, I WAS WONDERING IF I MADE THIS WITH A PORK TENDORLOIN IF U THINK IT WOULD COME OUT DRY? AND I DO NOT HAVE A CROCKPOT HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT THIS USING THE STOVE?

        THANKS GINA!

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      103. GG- This would be delicious I'm sure, I would cook the tenderloin in the oven with a thermometer on a low temp like 300° until it reaches 140-145 degrees. After resting 5-10 minutes, the roast should reach 145-150 degrees.

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      104. I threw this together in the crock pot this morning so we could have your skinny cuban sandwiches for lunch tomorrow, and I am so surprised at how good this tastes! I used pork loin instead and YUM!! Great recipe :)

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      105. I made this one today! OMGoosh! So good. I wanted to make the dish so i could make a few cuban sandwiches during the week for work! This will be my 17th dish from Gina's blog! I will be the first to order several of your cookbooks (one for me and several for friends and family) when you have it published. Thanks Gina!

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      106. This was fantastic! We had it for dinner tonight, and my husband looked up from his first bite and asked when we could have it again. A friend told me about your site last week, and I've made several of your recipes already with fabulous results.Thank you!!

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      107. AMAZING! I made this with a lean pork tenderloin and it worked perfectly! I also made Cuban Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice. My husband said "Chipolte, who?" Ha!

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      108. Note to all ... try this one.
        hi gina.....
        I am back on ww and look for great recipes that my husband and 13 yr old daughter will like, and something I can cook again and again. You are wonderful....you use real ingredients, not too much artificial stuff that I do not want to cook with for my family and the taste is amazing.
        This was fantastic...it reminded me of my best friends buena noche dinner for their holiday celebration...but without the fat.
        Ionly comment after Iactually make a dish so that I can give a real comment.
        This was 11 out of 10!

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      109. I came across this recipe last week and knew I had to make it this week. Oh my gosh, is it amazing! I just can't stop eating it.

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      110. Awesome, so happy I took a chance and made this in the crock pot!

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      111. Mary in CA.4/19/11, 4:14 PM

        This was soooo good. My Brother was over and he loved it, asked for the recipe. He's an awesome cook and not on WW. Gina, you are making WW so easy for me & making me look like a great cook!!
        Thank you.

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      112. Wonderful!! That is my goal :)

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      113. I made this and we LOVED it! I just posted about it and linked back to you in my "Your Recipe - My Kitchen" post today. Stop by if you can and thanks again for this amazing pork dish!!

        danielle

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      114. Ever tried making this using a pressure cooker? I have only used mine a few times and would love to have a few more recipes to be able to make using it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Please and thank you :-)

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      115. I love my pressure cooker. This would be great in a pressure cooker, pretty much any recipe in a crock pot would work in the pressure cooker, just shorten the cook time a lot!

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      116. Words can't describe how good this is! This is the second time I made this, and it is incredible. I just bought two more pork roasts to freeze, so I have it on hand to make again.

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      117. Thanks Jaime!!I should really surprise my husband and make it for him this week, he just loves this!

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      118. I have this marinating in my fridge today. Making it for dinner tomorrow.

        @Gina - I had a quick question. For the amount of cumin, it's 1/2 tbsp, right? I was confused because normally the measurements are from greatest to least, so I wasn't sure if it was 1/2 tsp or 1/2 tbsp, but regardless, too much cumin never hurt anything! ;-)

        Can't wait to eat this tomorrow!

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      119. That's right but do it to your taste. Enjoy!

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      120. Omg! This recipe is perfect! Never Making pork any other way!

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      121. Made this last night, my granddaughter was picking at the pork as I shredded it. She wanted to know when dinner was. Really great. Made the Cilantro Lime rice to go with. Great food. Thanks so much for helping my husband lose 28 pounds. He has loved everything I have made from your site. Keep up the good work.

        Jacque

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      122. wow what a fabulous post full of reliable information thanks for this great post

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      123. This was awesome!! Best pork I've ever had!! I served 5 people over at my house with this recipe, and everyone loved it!! I still had a ton leftover, and have used it in quesadillas and tacos!! It's awesome!! Thanks!!

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      124. This was so amazing! Even my 5 year old, who is the world's pickiest eater, who was crying before dinner because she was scared of trying something new, loved it! By the end of dinner she was saying "Do you have any more pork in that pot?" and my 18 month old was stealing more off of her plate. Me gusta!
        Now if you could come up with a light version of gandules. :)

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      125. @Deets- yay! I have arroz con gandules on here!!

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      126. this recipe sounds fantastic. I don't eat pork can you use chicken or turkey?

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      127. THANK YOU for this wonderful recipe!! I just found your site last week, and this was the first recipe I've prepared. I did that thing you're never supposed to do -- try a new recipe (or in my case 3 new recipes!) when having a dinner party. I made this Pernil along with your arroz con gandules and collard greens. I have to confess that my domestic skills are lacking, so it is a big deal for me to say EVERYTHING WAS SO GOOD!! My guests, who were mocking me at first for my "ambitious" attempt, were worshipping my culinary skills by the end of the night. Thank you so very much for taking your time to share such wonderful recipes. You and your site are absolutely marvelous! ~~Donna

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      128. Donna I do that all the time! I'm so happy everything came out great!! You picked a great meal :)

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      129. I made this with a pork loin in my pressure cooker and it was awesome! I can't wait to make Skinny Cubans for lunch tomorrow!

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      130. I've made a lot of recipes from your website and have really enjoyed them all but I have to say this is the BEST one I've tried so far! The entire family couldn't stop talking about how amazing this meat was. I also made your fiesta lime rice and then steamed some swiss chard to go alongside the meal. Everything was awesome! Thank you sooooo much!

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      131. Made this tonight using Pork Tenderloin and it was fantastic! Cooked it on low for 6 hours and it was perfect. I honestly liked it better than the usual greasiness of regular full fat pernil although I doubt my abuela would've agreed! Thanks for your awesome website!!

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      132. Amazing!! Better than the restaurant!! Thanks!

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      133. I made this yesterday and it was wonderful! I thought I had OJ at home, but I did not and I was not able to go to the store, I had to use apple juice and it still turned out great! I made it a burrito bowl with your arroz congri recipe (I substituted quinoa for rice) and it was amazing! My almost 2yr old loved it! Gina, you are awesome and this website has helped me to make new meals and I have not found one I do not like yet! :)

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      134. I am sorry if this was already discussed in previous posts, i have to admit i did not read them all..but i made this yesterday using a 3 pound pork roast. While the taste was very good, it did not produce near enough liquid. I even added more orange juice, because my oranges produced more then 1/2 a cup and an extra lime, and i only had about 3/4 of a cup liquid at the end. I would suggest for pork loin to double the the liquid portion or add a third liquid and to lesson the cooking time as it is a leaner and less tough piece of meat. All in all a really tasty recipe though. Thanks!

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      135. I have this marinating as I type. Can't wait until tomorrow nights dinner! I believe the points are wrong though. When I look up lean pork shoulder it comes out to 5 points for 4 ounces cooked? Is there a difference in pork shoulder BLADE roast and pork shoulder? Btw, This is the 7th recipe of yours I've made. All have been excellent!

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      136. I made this yesterday with chicken because I've recently become unable to digest pork. It was delicious. I do recommend, if using chicken, that you add more than 1 cup of the liquid back, since chicken is generally dryer than pork. I didn't feel like it needed any additional seasonings, but again, that's probably because I used more of the liquid.

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      137. Hi Gina: This looks like a wonderful dish. I have been on weight watchers now for awhile, and really enjoy your website, posting of recipes, and the points plus value. Will be trying this for starting the 2012 New Year.

        Thanks again

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      138. I'm having a problem with the "print friendly" button. All I get is a blank page. Are you aware of any issues with this or have you heard of similar issues from others? I would love to try this recipe, but I don't want to write it out longhand unless I have to.

        Kerrin

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      139. I made this tonight for the first time, and i just had to leave a comment. And that comment is.......YUMMY!! Thanks, Gina! What an awesome meal!!

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      140. This was great, and I just had my cuban sandwich. Great flavor. So easy.

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      141. This dish is so yummy. We made it in the crock pot so the delicious smell made the anticipation for dinner that much harder. It was great with yellow rice.

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      142. Gina, I am very excited to try this recipe this weekend when we're entertaining some friends. What sides and vegetables do you recommend serving with it? Thanks!

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      143. Fabulous! I made this for dinner the other night, so easy and my husband loved it! I even took some to work because I couldn't stop talking about how great it was the girls just had to have some!

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      144. This is in the crockpot as we speak. I plan to have the Cilantro Lime Rice and Collard Greens on the side. I feel like I am just wishing the day away looking forward to dinner tonight!!

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      145. I made this for dinner tonight. It was amazing. My picky kids even loved it. I didn't marinate it over night so I don't know if we even got the right flavor but still it was yummy and so tender.

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      146. I can't wait to try this!

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      147. Made this 2 nights ago for dinner, YUMMY!!! It was fantastic, just ate some leftovers for lunch. I made this with your arroz congri, that was awesome :) Thank you Gina for all your fantastic recipes, this is my first post but i've tried SO many of your things and loved them all. My stomach and waistline are loving you!

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      148. I made this yesterday for the first time. My in-laws and husband all loved it! It was just wonderful. I served it over rice and threw diced tomatoes on top because I love tomatoes. Thank you for this awesome recipe! I will definitely be making it again!! I only had a 2 pound roast, so there were no leftovers this time. :(

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      149. Made this for the second time a couple nights ago. It is so delicious! My family loves it. Thank you for all your recipes, you are making my WW journey so much easier. I haven't cooked a recipe of yours yet that I wouldn't cook again.

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      150. Made this last night and got raving reviews from the family. Great taste, wonderful flavors and extremely easy to prepare. Thanks very much for this AWESOME recipe.

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      151. It's true that this recipe is delicious, but it's also true that the points are way off! I just put in 4 oz. of "Pork, shoulder, lean only, cooked" and it came out to 6 PointsPlus. Then, when I did Recipe Builder, my lean, 2 3/4 lb. uncooked pork shoulder that I made tonight gives me 7 PointsPlus if it's six servings. I will definitely make this again but plan accordingly next time. Thanks for the lovely recipe! Can't wait to send it to my Puerto Rican mother, who is also on WW!

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      152. Gina, this is my first time posting, and I have made a bunch of your recipes - but I found a way to make this recipe even leaner without giving up any taste - and it was by accident! I made it yesterday planning on having it for dinner last night, but it turned out that I couldn't - so I shredded the pork and packaged it in foil and put all the cooking broth into a container - put it all in the fridge. today for lunch, I took it out, skimmed off all the extra fat, and reheated it all together - it was delicious - and there was more fat than I thought there would be to skim off. now it is really lean, but really delicious. Eating it right now!

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      153. I just love your recipes! I'm trying this one tonight. I know you said this is typically a "crispy" meat. After I shred the meat I take some of the juice and pour it over the meat and roast it in the oven for 15 minutes at about 400 degrees. This helps give it some of the "crispy" qualities. I also do this with your carinatas! They are amazing!

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      154. i know its blasphemous but i think i prefer this skinny crock pot version of pernil to the real thing! the only thing thats missing is the crispy skin on top but that would be way too many points! this meat literally just falls apart, the caldo is amazing, and with a side of the arroz con gandules you cant go wrong!

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      155. Fixed this tonight for dinner. What a great treat! We lived in Puerto Rico about 20 years ago and the aroma in my kitchen today while this was cooking brought back many pleasant memories! This recipe is a keeper.

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      156. This was absolutely YUMMY!!!! Thanks for all of the great recipes :)

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      157. Holy deliciousness... made this for Valentine's dinner tonight. So easy and completely yummy! Served it with the arroz con gandules (equally tasty). I am so looking forward to leftovers! :)

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      158. this recipe sounds amazing. I will share it with my online Mamas Latina community. We are always looking for recipes.
        thank you.

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      159. I am so excited to cook this recipe for my family this weekend. I am serving the pork with some homemade oven roasted garlic red potatoes and roasted broccoli. I think they are going to love this! Thank you so much for such a great recipe.

        P.S. We are using any leftovers to make Cuban Sandwiches. YUM!

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      160. So yummy! Just made this today and I'm so glad I ran out of rice because I could have just kept eating! I love your recipes :)

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      161. I can only find boneless. Pork Loin center cut...I going to try marinating tonight. Any suggestions?

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      162. Delicious! Arrived home to this in my slow cooker tonight - used a boneless pork rib roast as that was what I had in the freezer...absolutely delicious :)

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      163. I made this last weekend and it was delicious! I served it with brown rice and collard greens. The leftovers are great in a sandwich as well.

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      164. This looks delicious. I'd also like the recipe for your sides shown on the plate. Thanks. melondrops2000@yahoo.com

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      165. This was great! I wasn't able to get the boneless should, so I used boneless loin - worked out great. Love the recipe!

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      166. This is in my crock pot right now... :) Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait for dinner! (Also thanks for responding to others' comments, they answered some of the questions I had.)

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      167. I made this tonight for dinner, just ate it and it's AMAZING! We are doing the Cuban sandwich quesadillas tomorrow with the left overs, I can't wait. I need a good black beans recipe to go with this! Thank you

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      168. Just wanted to give a shout out on this one. It was delicious! Great marinade, fresh flavors, cooked perfect, effortless. It fell apart it was so tender. Thank you Gina!

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      169. Just ate this for dinner it was super yummy....I dunno if it was just me or not but i found it either REALLLLY Limey or Salty...but none-the-less, Yum.....I think i would not add a TBSP of sea salt next time....maybe half?

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      170. I made this today. I think I might have overcooked the pork because it was a bit dry in some parts which affected the flavor I think. I didn't discard the broth. I strained it and put it in a saucepan to reduce. The sauce was super good and I then poured it over the pork. It taste better now.

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      171. I made this 2 days ago and it was the best pulled pork I have ever had! Tender and moist and oh so flavorful! The next day I used the leftovers to make Gina's Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas and they were heaven on a tortilla! Both recipes are wonderful! Your website does not disappoint and I look forward to my next meal of Skinny Chicken Enchiladas! Thanks a bunch for what you do!

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      172. My boyfriend and I went to Puerto Rico a few years ago and fell IN LOVE with the food. Lately I've been craving it so I came straight to your blog where I knew I had seen your pernil recipe. I made this tonight and it. was. awesome. So, so flavorful. I made your collard greens & arroz congri as sides which complimented the dish very well. We will definitely be making your cuban sandwiches for lunch tomorrow...and the next day..thanks for another great recipe!

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      173. Made this tonight with your Cilantro Lime Rice and Collards with Bacon. Absolutely superb dinner!! The pernil was great, but I think the meal as a whole shined. I picked those sides based on your pic. I can't wait to make Cubans with the leftover pork. Thanks for another winner, Gina.

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      174. Just made this today for my hubby! Can't wait for him to try it. Pernil is our all time favorite food from childhood. Making it this way makes it possible to have it more than just for Christmas. Love that it's healthy too! Wepa!

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      175. I made this a while back, although I switched it up a little. I didn't do ANY of your ahead-of-time prep. All I did was mix up the marinade, pour it over the pork in the crockpot, and let it cook all day long. It was incredible!

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      176. Made this specifically so I could make Cuban sandwiches (never had one before). Put this in tacos dressed like a fish taco, and oh my goodness it was delicious!

        Steph

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      177. I just served this tonight for dinner. The pork was juice and tasty but next time I will reduce the amount of salt that goes in. It was far to salty for my kids and me.

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      178. I made this today and it is so delicious! The house smelled so good all day too! Thank you for the recipe!

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      179. I made a double recipe of this last night for a family birthday dinner for my MIL. Served it with black beans, your cilantro lime rice recipe and a salad. Also made the pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin cream cheese frosting for dessert. Dinner courtesy of SkinnyTaste.com!

        The pork got RAVE reviews from young and old alike! So good! Made a Cuban sandwich with leftover pork today. I have no idea how "authentic" this recipe is but it sure stands on its own in my book.

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      180. Im SOOOO disappointed. Being Puerto Rican I was looking forward to an easy way to may pernil in a slow cooker. This tasted NOTHING like a Puerto Rican Pernil. NOTHING about tasted like the traditional Puerto Rican pork. The flavor was unique and did take a minute to decide if it was good or not despite the non resemblence. It was just OK I did turn this recipe around for leftovers by adding roasted green & red pepper & onion. Made organice guacamole and had carnita taco. Now that was good, so the pork didn't get wasted. I've all the recipes i've tried so far Gina but this one didn't hit the. BUT thanks for so many other yummy recipes.

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      181. I'm making this tomorrow, so I have it marinating in the fridge right now. I'm used to slow cooker recipes having a lot more liquid than this. I measured out the orange juice (it came to 5oz) plus whatever the limes were, but I'm really nervous to leave this alone in the crockpot for 8 hours for fear of coming home to a scorched, dried out pork roast. Any suggestions or reassurances? : )

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      182. Oh my goodness, I just made this for dinner last night and it was DELICIOUS!! I made some minor changes, I added half a packet of Goya Sazon to the marinade so I wouldn't have to adjust the salt later on & I used extra garlic. Also after the last step I broiled it on Hi for 10 minutes to give it some crispy edges. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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      183. I didn't enjoy this recipe at all. I've been making Pernil for years and this is nothing like any I've had before. We ended up ordering a pizza. I guess I will just have to adjust my normal recipe to use a leaner cut and less oil.

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      184. My girlfriend makes this and it is by far the best pork I've EVER eaten. You will LOVE this, just try it!!!!

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      185. I made this for dinner tonight (for the second time!), and I served it with your sauteed collard greens and a few small arepas (for my husband). It is SO good, and so flavorful! The orange and lime juice with the cumin really make a delicious and unique flavor. Thank you so much for all of your creative and healthy recipes...I've made MANY of them since I found your site!

        ~Ashley A.

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      186. This was the best pork we have ever had and so easy to make. The only thing I did differenly was to sprinkle some onion and garlic powder onto the pork before I poured the liquid over it. We made the cuban quesadillas and they were amazing. The next day we added BBQ sauce to the pork and made sandwiches on homemade hamburger buns - absolutely delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!!

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      187. You have no idea how happy I am that I found this recipe. I have been craving pernil for months. I relocated to VA from FL and there are absolutely NO Cuban restaurants in my area. I goofed a little and ended up with bone-in shoulder and lemons instead of limes, but it still worked out. I also added onion since that is how I always had pernil. DELICIOUS! Totally hit the spot. For the rest of the meal I was lazy and used the Goya Instant Spanish Style Yellow Rice and heated some canned black beans with a bay leaf. I'm looking forward to making some Cuban sammiches out of this!

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      188. I am making this in my crock pot tonight, however, I feel like there isn't enough marinade? I made the marinade according to the recipe and the marinade barely goes up half the side of the roast. After it cooks all day, will I even have 1 Cup leftover or will all the liquid evaporate? Thanks.

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      189. Love this recipe! I had never had pernil before, but it's fantastic. I'm making it again for my Costa Rican friends next week. They've probably not had pernil before, but I know they'll like it. I'm going to pair with with rice, black beans, a small salad, and sweet plantains for a different twist on a traditional casado plate.

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      190. Will be making this for Christmas day dinner!! Thanks Gina! Any chance you have a lightened up version of Arroz con Gandules to go with it???

        Toni

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      191. Hello Gina. I love this site and all the recipes I have tried have been so delicious! I am so excited to make this pernil recipe as I know it will be delicious as well. I have been marinating the pork for about 2 hours, but I really wanted to make it tonight for dinner. Is it possible to shorten the marinating time and cook in the slow cooker for 4 hours instead? Thank you and keep em coming! :)

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      192. For those who've made this with chicken, do you use a whole chicken, or parts? if you use parts, do you use a mix of white and dark meat?

        We've made this with the pork and love it, but our son has stopped eating pork, and I hate to take it off the menu because it's so good! So I want to try it with chicken.
        Also, this is delicious with a mojo verde - I served it that way last year for New Year's Eve and it was a huge hit. I wouldn't do that all the time since it's a skinny recipe (which I love) and there's a lot of oil in the mojo verde, but I bet a tomatillo salsa verde would be delicious.

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      193. We made this for our New Year meal and it was delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

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      194. I made this and my boyfriend fell in love with me all over again! He doesn't get excited about food too often, but he wouldn't shut up about this pork. I really liked it, too. I made it with some brown rice and black beans and fresh streamed garlic green beans. Delish!

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      195. I would double the cumin and oregano and shorten the marinating time.

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