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Friday, September 4, 2009

Cleo Coyle's Pernil: Puerto Rican Style Roasted Pork Shoulder

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Cleo Coyle’s Pernil:
Puerto Rican Style
Roasted Pork Shoulder

With the cold nip of fall now in the air, the holidays will soon be upon us; and because it’s wise to test recipes before serving them to guests, this is a great time to introduce you to my husband’s version of a Puerto Rican pernil, a marinated and roasted pork shoulder that's often made in Latin American homes during the holiday season.

Like my fictional character Matteo Allegro, my husband, Marc, is a wonderful cook and he enjoys making this dish throughout the fall and winter because: (a) it’s a mouth-watering delight, (b) it's extremely economical, and (c) it's suprisingly easy to make.

The aromatics of the rub always make me swoon and the finished product looks and tastes amazing. Like a stunning holiday turkey, a roasted pork shoulder will really wow your dinner guests. (They’ll think you worked a lot harder than you did because there’s no basting, just pop it in the oven and turn it a few times.)

Pork shoulder roasted this way is tasty sliced right off the bone. Over the years, we’ve served it with an array of sides: Spanish rice, chili-lime corn, roasted purple Peruvian potatoes, tangy Thai-inspired coleslaw, olive oil-drizzled avocado slices, caramelized organic carrots, and warm, cheesy biscuits. (Watch this Blog for some of these recipes in the near future!) The second day, we like to use our pernil leftovers for soft tacos.

Place the pork slices in a warmed flour or corn tortilla, add fresh salsa (or crisp shredded lettuce), guacamole, a bit of hot sauce, and top it with a dollop of sour cream. Pernil is also used to make Cuban sandwiches—another great serving idea.

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In my ongoing effort to win this year's Oscar, I bring you this week's how-to video clip (below), which shows you what I consider to be the most difficult part of this recipe—wrapping the pork shoulder in plastic. No kidding! If you try to wrap the meat with pre-cut lengths of plastic, you may end up in a cling wrap battle royal. Our trick is (1) put a length of plastic wrap under the meat before you apply the rub; and (2) do not sever the wrap from the roll! When the meat is ready to go, just remove the entire cling wrap roll from its cardboard box and use it to guide the wrap around the meat as many times as you need to. Only after the meat is fully cocooned in plastic should you cut the wrap free of its roll—just use a scissors or clean slash of a sharp knife. (By the way, these handsome hands belong to my husband, Marc!)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lip-Smacking Barbeque

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about barbeque. Of course, this is only natural because I’m writing the Memphis Barbeque series. I’ve learned a lot about different barbeque sauces (vinegar-based, mustard-based, and tomato-based.) Memphis uses a dry rub on their pork and a tomato-based sauce.

There’s a lot of cooking time involved in making barbeque, but the end result is worth it.

097 Dry Rub for the Pork:
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 (5 to 7 pound) pork roast, preferably shoulder or Boston butt
Mix all the ingredients (except the pork) in a bowl and rub the mixture on the pork. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 300 F. Roast the pork in a roasting pan for 6 hours (until it’s 170 degrees F), or until it falls apart.
When the pork is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. While it’s still warm, pull the pork with a fork. Serve on hamburger buns with sauce.

And now for the sauce:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  1. Over medium heat, mix the ingredients in a large saucepan until it bubbles.
  2. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes.
Hope everyone enjoys the barbeque!
Riley/Elizabeth Pretty is as Pretty Dies—August 2009
Memphis Barbeque Series—Book 1 in May 2010
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