Puerco Pibil

Puerco Pibil, the infamous “Once upon a time in Mexico” dish. I hate to reference it but that’s what comes up when you google it for a recipe. Many have used Robert Rodriguez’ recipe from his “10 minute cooking school” on his dvd’s. Which kudo’s to Robert for opening up the eyes of thousands of fans to get into the kitchen and start cooking. It’s definitely informative and the guy uses Casa Noble XA in the recipe so he at least has good taste in tequila. He’s got a cult following with his movies, now with his recipes too. Just look on youtube for all the home brew cooking going on.

We’ve been making this recipe for a few years now and its about finally perfected. Be wary of recipes found online, they typically over cook and over spice it but my recipe below has gotten it down pat. Ahhh gloating. Check it out.

5 pounds pork butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
5 tablespoons annato seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon whole black pepper
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
8 whole allspice berries
2-3 habanero Peppers, fresh or dried, cleaned and minced (optional)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
8 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons salt
5 lemons
1-2 shots of tequila
banana leaves (optional) found at whole foods whenever they feel like stocking them

Preparation Instructions

Grind the annato seeds, cumin seeds, whole peppercorns, whole cloves, and whole allspice in a mortar and pestle, spice grinder or coffee grinder. Take a swig of Tequila. Blend the cleaned and chopped habanero peppers with the orange juice, vinegar, garlic and salt in a blender. Blend then add the dry spices. Have another swig of Tequilla.   Add the juice of 5 lemons and a nice splash of tequila. That’s right one more swig. Place the cubed pork butt in a large zip lock bag and add the marinade. Soak 4-6 hours/overnight, in refrigerator, turning several times.

Line (8×13) baking pan with banana leaves. Pour in pork along with the marinade. Cover with Banana leaves and seal the pan with foil. Bake in a 325 F degree oven for 3 hours. Online recipes show 4 hours but thats too long. Crack it open at 3 see how its doing and if it needs more put it back. This is what it’ll look like.


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