Pork Shoulder: Puerco Pibil
This is my favorite primal recipe. It makes a huge amount. My non-Primal roommate is a great cook and he got me hooked on this. I'm not sure where he got his original recipe but it's loosely based on a Mayan dish that's cooked in banana leaves. I eat it with salad greens (it makes a great addition to a BAS when it's cold), pickled onions with cinnamon and/or cloves, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, and for a treat, pineapple salsa if I haven't had other fruit that day. It's a really great dish for a party--if you serve it with rice and/or corn tortillas to non-primals, it goes a very long way and everyone loves it. Well, not the vegans. Pork shoulder is a very cheap cut of meat.
Don't be scared off by the orange juice...Once you cook the pork you end up with tons of liquids, most of which doesn't get eaten.
5-10 pounds pork shoulder or picnic pork, cut into fist-sized chunks (the marinade seems to make enough for almost any amount)
5 tablespoons annato seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon whole black pepper
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
8 whole allspice berries
8-10 dried arbol peppers, or whatever peppers you have around, adjusted to your heat-liking...this type is just what we happen to keep around
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
8 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons salt
juice of 4-5 limes
Grind up all the spices until very fine. I use a coffee grinder. You can use a mortar and pestle if you're less lazy. Mix with the liquid ingredients to make a paste. Cover the pork with the paste and let sit (in the fridge) for 4-6 hours. I've marinated it all day or for less than an hour, and it's always been fine. Put it in a Dutch oven, covered, and cook in a 325 degree oven for 4 hours. In the past, I used to separate the fat from the rest of the liquid, reduce the less fatty liquid on the stovetop, and then add the meat back to the sauce, but last night after posting this, I skpped this step and it was just as good. I just took the meat out and shreded some of it, and left some of it in bigger chunks without any sauce. It has so much flavor from sitting in all the oily sauce while cooking. Delicious!
Last edited by superdeluxe; 06-16-2010 at 10:43 AM.
Reason: made recipe easier
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