Mexican-Inspired Roasted Pork Shoulder

Serve this roasted pork shoulder with yellow rice and a salad.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • 1 (5 pound) skin-on, bone-in pork shoulder (picnic) roast


  1. Mix garlic, oil, vinegar, sazon, adobo, pepper, and oregano together to form a paste.

  2. Cut a wide pocket at the large end of the roast to separate skin from the fat, leaving skin attached at the sides and stopping before roast narrows to bone. Make 1-inch deep slits under the skin and on all meaty sides, twisting the knife to widen the openings.

  3. Stuff the garlic paste into the slits and rub all over the meat. Transfer to a large zip-top bag or ceramic or glass bowl, cover, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Remove roast from the refrigerator. Place the roast in a pan on a rack, fat-side up. Cover with foil.

  6. Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and remove foil. Continue to roast until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 175 degrees F (79 degrees C), about 4 hours more.

  7. Let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
20g Fat
1g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 557mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 285mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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