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Pork roast cut into slices on a white plate and a fork in one piece.
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Roasted Pork Shoulder

Perfectly seasoned and entirely delicious, this crispy roast pork is perfect to eat with everything: rice, potatoes, tostones, on a sandwich and tortillas for awesome tacos.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: caribbean, Dominican, Latino
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 5 lbs pork shoulder, bone-in, skin-on
  • ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 12 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 lime


  • In a food processor, pulse together cilantro, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, vinegar and lime juice.
  • Using a pointy knife, poke holes into the pork shoulder. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the meat pushing some of the seasoning into the small holes. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Let marinate overnight.
  • The next day, place the pork shoulder on the slow cooker and cover with water. Add enough water to cover at least ¾ of the meat inside the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
  • Once the meat is tender, carefully transfer it to a roasting pan. Roast in the oven at 450 degrees until brown and crispy, about 1 hour. Take out of the oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Shred the meat using two forks.
  • Serve with a side of tostones, rice or tortillas.


  • Use a pork shoulder that has it's bone in and the skin on. The bone will keep it juicy and flavorful and the skin will crisp up wonderfully.
  • Marinate the pork for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight if you can.
  • To roast the pork, be sure that your oven is preheated, This will help to get the skin crispy.


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg