Cochinita Pibil Marinade and Pork Butt
- 3 heads of garlic, divided
- ½ cinnamon stick
- 1½ tsp. whole cumin seeds
- 3 cloves
- 4 Tbsp. dried oregano
- 50 grams achiote paste
- ½ cup bitter orange juice (approximately 2 Seville oranges)
- Dried guajillo and ancho chiles, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- 1 Pork Butt
- 4 plantain leaves
- 16 oz. jar pickled red onion
DetailsBrands Offered: Farmland, Smithfield DURoC
Meal Course:Dinner, Lunch
- Day before: Heat grill to 200°C, 392°F.
- To prepare Cochinita Pibil Marinade: Grill 1 head garlic, turning regularly, until lightly brown and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
- Place saucepan over medium heat; gently toast cinnamon, cumin and cloves until fragrant. Add oregano and toast for additional 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
- Place into blender with remaining garlic, achiote paste, orange juice and dried chiles. Process into thick paste; season with salt.
- To marinate pork: Place pork into sealable freezer bag with paste; seal and mix well until meat is fully coated. Place in refrigerator to marinate for a few hours, preferably overnight.
- Next day: preheat grill to 400°F. Wash plantain leaves; layer under grill for about 5 to 10 minutes until lightly grilled and fragrant.
- Heat oven to 400°F. Place large ovenproof dish filled with water at bottom. Cook for 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 190°F.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Pull pork and serve atop white corn tortialla and garnish with pickled red onion.
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