Rockin’ Roast Pork Shoulder with Spanish Rice

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Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Cook Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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1 green pepper, minced
1 onion, minced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (5-pound) pork shoulder
12 whole garlic cloves, slightly smash
3 envelops (1 1/2 tablespoons) sazon seasoning
1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
1/4 cup sofrito, recipe follows
Spanish Rice:
1/4 cup diced pork
1/4 cup diced onions
2 tablespoon butter
2 envelopes (1 tablespoon) sazon seasoning
1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
2 cups long-grain rice
4 cups water
2 tablespoons sofrito
1 (16-ounce) can pigeon peas
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, to garnish





In a food processor add green pepper, onion, and cilantro. Pour in oil and mix well. Set aside 2 tablespoons for Spanish rice.

Cook’s Note: Can keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Cut off 2-slices (about 1/4-cup) of pork and set aside for Spanish rice.

Make at least 12-slits in pork with the tip of a very sharp knife. Put 1 clove of garlic in each slit. In a small bowl, mix together the sazon and adobo seasonings. Add 1/4-cup sofrito and stir together. Rub over entire pork shoulder.

Place pork in large roasting pan, wrap with foil and cook for 3 hours. Remove the foil and crank oven up to 400 degrees F and let cook additional 20 minutes until desired crispness.

For the rice:
In large saucepan on high heat, saute onions and reserved pork in the butter until lightly browned. Add sazon, adobo, rice, water and reserved sofrito. * Cook’s Note: Do not stir at any point.

Cook about 10 minutes on high or until the water begins to evaporate to almost the level of the rice. Add pigeon peas and cilantro. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low and let cook until water is totally evaporated and rice is tender. Remove from heat.

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Reader Comments:


I made this for my family tonight, and it was a huge hit! Even my 8 & 2 year old loved it! I have to admit, I was a little leery of trying it (I'm not a huge fan a pork), but I was pleasantly surprised. I love to be adventurous in the kitchen and try new foods. It's always a great reward when it ends up being so delicious!

By Erin Harrington on August 24, 2013


YUM!! The biggest problem I had was finding Adobo spice in our relatively small town. Went to three stores and finally found it in the natural food section and paid an arm and leg for it. I agree the recipe leaves out a few steps but luckily I was watching Paula's Best Dishes this morning and this is what she and "Big Daddy" were making so I had the advantage of having watched them prepare this dish. It definately helped! I will certainly make it again but will use a leaner cut of meat. The roast was extremely greasy but boy did it taste good! We will have to try the rice tomorrow since it took a lotlonger to cook than the recipe says and the aroma from the roast was just too wonderful...we couldn't wait and ate it without the rice.

By Anonymous on October 03, 2010


This is seriously a Typical Puerrto Rican dinner! This is almost EXACTLY how my mother, who's from the island, makes it, down to those nasty little pigeon beans lol. This is my "go to" recipe for company because it is just so easy, and being puerto rican, i almost always have sofrito already made and on hand. Speaking of sofrito, try adding about a head of garlic to it, sooooo good. smile and it can be used on chicken breasts as a quick dinner, just pour it on and sautee away smile

By Anonymous on July 01, 2010


To the last reviewer: the first 4 ingredients are combined and the mixture is referred to as "sofrito" which is then used as a rub for the pork (after adding adobo and sazon seasonings). I hope this clarifies your concern. Awesome pork dinner - definetely a winner !!

By Anonymous on March 11, 2010


I'm not sure how this receipe will come out. That's because it is in my oven now BUT "at least" one important step is left out! NO WHERE in the receipe does it mention what to do with the "green pepper, onion, cilantro, oil" mix! I hope my mixing with the other seasoning was correct. If not, I spent a lot of money on the pork and seasonings for naught! I'll get back re results! Hopefully Paula or her one of her assistants read comments and MAKE CORRECTION to receipe. Nonetheless, I do love Paula!

By Anonymous on February 26, 2010


This is the best pork roast recipe you'll find!!! I have used it for a roast, taco meat, even tamale meat. It is very yummy and tender!

By Ang on December 25, 2009


By Ang on May 10, 2009


This is pork roast is so tasty and tender... My kids rated it a 10! ! ! We shredded it and ate it like taco meat. Very Good...I'm making it again tonight!

By Ang on May 10, 2009

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