Puerco Pibil


This recipe comes from the special features of Once Upon a Time in Mexico. The dish is also found under the name Cochinita Pibil. But I’ll call it Puerco Pibil, as puerco refers to pork, while cochinita is a whole suckling pig. The cut of meat we will use is pork butt( a cut from the shoulder, the other shoulder cut is picnic). You’ll want a spice grinder for this, or be prepared to put a lot of elbow grease into using a mortar and pestle. I use a coffee grinder to grind mine, just don’t use the same one you use for coffee, unless you want everything to taste weird.

I find this recipe super simple to make, it only take a little planning ahead. as you need to start it the night before, and then pop it in the oven 4 hours before you want to eat. which works perfectly for me, since I am usually pretty awful about timing things to get done when I have guests over to eat.
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5 lb pork butt
1/3 C. annato seeds
2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 TBSP Whole black pepper
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
8 Allspice berries
1/2 C. orange juice
1 C. lemon juice
1/2 C. white vinegar
1 shot(1.5oz) jose cuervo tequila(it is listed as gluten free on their website)
8 cloves garlic
2 TBSP salt
1-2 Hot peppers with or without seeds(optional)…originally recommended is 2 habanero peppers with seeds removed.
banana leaves(cooler, but really pretty optional)
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1. Grind spices(annato, cumin, pepper, cloves and allspice)
2. in blender place other wet and dry ingredients(minus meat and banana leaves). add ground spices and blend.
3. cut meat into 2 inch chunks. pour marinade over meat and marinade 8-12 hours.
4. preheat oven to 325 degrees.
5. wrap meat in banana leaves in an 8x13inch baking dish. and to make sure no steam escapes put a little aluminum foil over the top. or just use aluminum foil over the top making sure to cover tightly.
6. bake for 4 hours.

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