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Able’s Peppercorn Puerco Pebil

Able’s Peppercorn Puerco Pebil

Able’s Peppercorn Puerco Pebil

Recipe By Able Blakley, Savory Spice—Oklahoma City, OK owner

Yields

6 to 8 servings

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

3 Hours

Recipe By Able Blakley, Savory Spice—Oklahoma City, OK owner

The pepper factor is amplified in this twist on a traditional Mayan-style puerco (or cochinita) pebil, a flavorful, slow-roasted pork dish.

Serving Suggestions

Serve on banana leaves over rice with garnishes like cilantro, pickled onions or a crumbled Latin cheese, such as queso seco. If you are saving any pork for later, remove it from the banana leaf wrapping first.

Recipe Notes

*Seed habanero chiles for less heat. Banana leaves are optional but very cool and add to the presentation of the dish.

Ingredients






8 cloves garlic

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 lemons, juiced

1 orange, zest grated, juiced


1/4 cup tequila, optional

1 to 2 fresh habanero chiles*, optional

4 lbs. pork shoulder/butt

Banana leaves*, optional

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Four Corners Peppercorns

    Four Corners Peppercorns is a mixed whole peppercorn blend of black, white, green, and pink peppercorns that help elevate your meals with unique pe...

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  • Szechwan (Szechuan) Peppercorn

    The Szechwan Peppercorn (or Szechuan peppercorn) provided a tingling flavor sensation like no other spice in the world. Szechuan peppercorns are ...

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  • Jamaican Allspice Berries

    Jamaican Allspice Berries are a common ingredient in Caribbean cuisine, especially jerk seasoning. These all spice berries have a flavor that's sim...

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  • Cumin Seeds

    Cumin Seeds (or comino) are one of the most consumed spices in the world. Cumin is a key ingredient in many curry blends and chili powders. Add who...

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  • Achiote Paste

    Achiote paste, also known as bija or bijol in Spanish, adds an authentic flavor and bright yellow color to the cuisine of Cuba, Mexico and Central ...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. Straight from the sea to your tab...

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Directions

Place Four Corners, Szechwan, allspice and cumin in a coffee/spice grinder and grind to a very fine powder. Place powder, achiote paste, garlic, vinegar lemon juice, orange zest and juice, salt, tequila, and habanero chiles in a blender and blend thoroughly. Cut pork into 2-inch cubes and place in a large zip top bag. Pour contents of blender into bag, seal and refrigerate overnight. Line a baking dish with banana leaves, if using, leaving enough overhang to cover top. Pour pork and marinade into the dish along with 1/2 cup water. Wrap banana leaves over pork to cover completely. Cover dish with aluminum foil and/or lid. Slow roast in a 325 degree oven for 3 hours, or until pork pieces are so tender they're falling apart.