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Gluten Free Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)

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Gluten Free Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 190kcal
Author: AndreAnna McLean


  • 1 4-5 pound pork butt/shoulder, skin on
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or refined coconut oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Note: This is best marinated overnight, so give yourself the extra time!
  • Rinse off the pork and pat it dry. Slide a sharp knife under the skin around the roast to separate it slightly in a few places, making “pouches.” (Be careful not to remove the skin from the meat entirely.) Lightly score the top of the fat in a crisscross pattern.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients by hand or in a blender to form a paste. Season the insides of the pockets with the paste and rub the remaining paste all over the pork. Place on a roasting rack, cover the pork with foil, and refrigerate overnight for best flavor.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 325°F. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Cook, covered, for 30 minutes per pound at 325°F. Raise the temperature to 425°F, remove foil, and cook an additional 30 minutes, until the skin becomes crispy. If desired, you can do a quick broil for extra-crispy skin, but watch carefully to prevent burning. Remove from the oven and let sit for at least 20 minutes before cutting.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 437mg18%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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