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Puerco Pibil #SundaySupper #MovieInspiredRecipes

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After watching the Johnny Depp movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico, my son became obsessed with Puerco Pibil. Puerco Pibil was the favorite dish of Sands, Johnny Depp’s character, so much so that he murders any cook who makes it too well.

After watching the movie a number of times and my son asking and asking for me to create this dish for him, I realized that on on the DVD the director, Robert Rodriguez, provides a recipe and video instruction on how to cook the dish. It’s located in the bonus features.

First time I made this, couldn’t find the banana leaves, used the wrong cut of pork, was so spicy that there were scorched throats all around the table … but it is requested again and again, and I have changed it a bit to suit the folks eating – unless of course you have a table of fire breathing dragons and then the original would suit you just fine!

  • 5 pounds pork butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 5 T annato seeds
  • 2 t cumin seeds
  • 1 T whole black pepper
  • 1/2 t whole cloves
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 2 habanero Peppers, fresh or dried, cleaned and minced (optional)
  • 1/2 C orange juice
  • 1/2 C white vinegar
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 5 lemons
  • 1 shot of tequila
  • banana leaves (optional)

Blend the cleaned and chopped habanero peppers with the orange juice, vinegar, garlic and salt.

Mix the dry spices with the liquid.

Add the juice of 5 lemons and a nice splash of tequila.

Place the cubed pork butt in a large zip lock bag and add the marinade. Soak 4-6 hours, 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 4 hours.

Spices

Grind the annato seeds, cumin seeds, whole peppercorns, whole cloves, and whole allspice in a spice or coffee grinder, or use a mortar and pestle.

NOTE: I have a coffee grinder that’s dedicated to grinding spices. I use rice or bread to clean it out in between uses so there’s very little residue to flavor whatever you may grind next.

Blend the cleaned and chopped habanero peppers with the orange juice, vinegar, garlic and salt.

Peppers

NOTE: I used one habanero and one jalapeno. It was still spicy, but much tamer than the first time.

Add the dry spices to the liquid and add the juice of 5 lemons and a nice splash of tequila.

Pork

Place the cubed pork butt in a large zip lock bag and add the marinade. Let it sit for 4-6 hours, in refrigerator, turning several times.

Ready to cook

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 4 hours.

NOTE: I was lucky enough to find banana leaves in one of the supermarkets near me. If you can’t find them, line the roasting pan with foil and then parchment paper – OH! or use Martha Wrap, foil and parchment in one (Reynolds Wrap makes it as well)!

Serve over a bed of white or Spanish rice, extra limes, lots of napkins, and beer – plenty of beer!

Enjoy!!!

NOTE: BTW, this was my first participation in the Sunday Supper Movement, hosted this week by Heather over at Girlichef. This week’s theme is inspiration from a favorite food movie scene. I owe a big thanks to my friend Lizzie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake. Thank you for mentoring me through this first foray into the Sunday Supper Movement! There are a lot of great participants in the Sunday Supper Movement, stop by their movie scene inspired dishes and have a look!

NOW SHOWING:

Toast (bready things)

No Reservations (soups and salads)

Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)

Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)

Udon (pasta and noodles)

Just Desserts (sweet treats)

Bottle Shock (beverages)

 

53 Responses

  1. I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to find out exactly what this dish was! Giggled at the heat of your first attempt…been there SO many times. So happy you joined us!!! xo

  2. Welcome to Sunday Supper, Andrea. You made me laugh with the fire-breathing dragon crack because sometimes I think we are at my house! This sounds absolutely wonderful and I can’t get over that huge pile of spices. Fortunately, I have a coffee grinder that I reserve for spices as well. I am pinning this on my Recipes to Try board. Can’t wait!

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  7. So glad you joined us this week Andrea…. I love love love this recipe! Look forward to trying this beautiful Pork dish.

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  11. Okay, so…this is one of my absolute FAVORITE dishes of all time…and I use Robert Rodriguez’s recipe for it, too. I’ve already blogged about it twice! I love RR’s 10-minute cooking school shorts – he has a couple more on different dvd’s as well you should check out if you haven’t seen them! (Sin City Breakfast Tacos and Cookies on Shorts). Love this so much…and welcome to #SundaySupper! 🙂

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  14. What a great dish. My Husband is a pork guy and I grew up with a cattle ranching family so I am always looking for new ways to make pork. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  17. I own that movie and I don’t remember it and it has my beloved Johnny in it! I’m pulling this movie out to watch this week.! Your puerco pibil looks great!!

  18. My husband loves this movie, I think it’s ok (too much action in it but I jonny depp rocks) and he would want to watch it whenever it was going on in the tv. I do remember the part with that dish but I never remembered what it was called. anyway glad you posted your recipe so that I can give it a go and surprise my darling. =)

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  20. Welcome to #SundaySupper! You made one of my favorite dishes your first time out of the block! YUM!

  21. Welcome to Sunday Supper! We don’t eat pork but I bet that spice mix would be great with most any meat!

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  23. A great big welcome to Sunday Supper!
    Wow at your recipe! Two habanero peppers would make quite a scorching dish. I can see why you had to tone it down for your family. I’d have to do the same although I might have to make it as-is to satisfy my hot pepper palate.

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  25. Welcome to #SundaySupper! What an awesome dish, and very cool that the recipe was in the bonus section! I just bought a huge pork butt today and this sounds like the perfect meal! (oh, and thanks for lowering the heat… I’m kind of a spice wimp lol!)

  26. My mouth is watering looking at the ingredients in your recipe!! It looks so very good. I have not seen this movie but would love to.

  27. Oh this is funny – a Johnny Depp movie that I haven’t seen! I’ll have to go find it now 🙂

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  31. Welcome to #SundaySupper! You will love it. This sounds amazing 🙂

  32. Great movie – I saw it for the first time recently. Mexican-inspired pork dishes are one of my weaknesses. Yours looks delicious!

  33. I have never tried this dish before, but I definitely want to after reading your recipe!

  34. What an absolutely great way to use pork shoulder. This looks amazing.

  35. What a great mix of spices!

  36. Sounds spicy and delicious!

  37. Now I’m going to watch that movie!

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  39. Your Puerco Pibil sounds like my kind of dish! Love the spices and chiles. Looks great!

  40. Wow! What a great mom to research and persevere in delivering her son his movie-inspired meal. Your recipe and photos look great. But I bet it’s the TLC which tips the dish from good to amazing =)

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  43. BRAVO on your first Sunday Supper post! I’d say it was a success! 🙂 Coincidentally, I had a taste of puerco pibil sandwich last week for lunch! Never heard of it before then and now your post! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Very cool how your found the recipe for the dish in the bonus features of the DVD. I’ve never seen the movie but this recipe looks very interesting. Nice that you’d recreated it many times for you son.

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  46. I keep wanting to try pork shoulder. This has my mouth watering! Love that you suggest Martha wrap in case you can’t find banana leaves. I don’t think I’ve ever seen banana leaves in my grocery stores.

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