3-4 lbs pork shoulder
1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed if possible
1/2 cup lime juice, juice of 4-5 limes
1 tsp salt
3 oz of red (rojo) achiote paste Pickled red onions (optional), for garnish
Dry Mexican cheese (queso seco), for garnish
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish
Tia Lupita Grain Free Cactus Tortillas
Tia Lupita Hot Sauce
Marinate pork in achiote paste with orange juice, lime juice, salt:
The night before or the morning of that you plan to serve this, mix the orange and lime juice with the achiote paste and salt in a blender until combined. Be sure to rinse the blender soon afterwards, as the achiote stains.
1. Cut the pork into chunks of about 2 inches square. Don’t trim the fat, as you will need it in the braising to come. You can always pick it out later. Put the pork in a non-reactive (glass, stainless steel or plastic) container, then pour over the marinade mixture.Mix well, cover and keep in the fridge for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours.
2. Bake in oven 3 to 4 hours:
Cooking this takes 3-4 hours, so plan ahead. Preheat the oven to 325°F.Line a large casserole with a double layer of heavy-duty foil, or a triple layer of regular foil – you want a good seal. (Traditionally, cochinita pibil is wrapped in banana leaves, which add a wonderful flavor to the pibil. So, if banana leaves are available—you may be able to get them at the same store as the achiote paste, or at an Asian market—consider using them. Just heat the leaves first to make them more pliable.)
3. Pour in the pork and the marinade and close the foil tightly. Put the casserole in the oven and bake at 325°F for at least 3 hours.You want it pretty much falling apart, so start checking at the three-hour mark.
4. Shred cooked pork meat with 2 forks:
When the pork is tender, take it out of the oven and open the foil. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon to a bowl, then shred it with two forks. Pour enough sauce over the meat to make it wet.
To serve, heat Tia Lupita tortillas in a pan sprayed with a little olive oil. Add meat, your favorite toppings and Tia Lupita Hot Sauce - enjoy!