Pork leg marinated for Christmas

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In Latin American countries it is very common to celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving by preparing a leg of pork marinated with achiote and other condiments for dinner, although you can always add your own touch to this dish by seasoning the meat with the ingredients you prefer.

That’s why in this occasion from RecipesGratis we put to your disposition this recipe of pork leg to the adobaba oven that takes its time to prepare it but, we assure you that the result is worth it.

The key to making the meat of this baked pork leg tender is the vinegar, either white or apple, which contributes to the softening of the meat and makes it juicy inside.

In addition, as we also left the last 30 minutes the pork leg marinated for Christmas without covering in the oven, we get it to be well browned and crunchy on the outside.

So don’t think twice about it and for the next few parties, go ahead and prepare this Christmas marinated leg that will enchant all your diners next step by step.

Steps to follow to make this recipe:


The first step in preparing this delicious marinated leg of Christmas pork is to wash, devein and remove the seeds from the chiles and bring them to a boil.

Tip: You can toast the chiles in a comal beforehand if you prefer and then blend them with the rest of the ingredients.


Once boiled, place the chiles in a blender together with the cloves, the peeled garlic and onion, a pinch of fine salt, the annatto and a little of the cooking water of the chiles, and blend everything until a homogeneous sauce is obtained.

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Tip: If you can’t buy a clean pork leg, you’ll have to clean it at home by washing it, shaving it if it has hairs and leaving it covered in lemon water for about 10 minutes so that the bad smell goes away.


Next, we make diagonal cuts in both directions on the surface of the clean pork leg, as if we were making a grate, and then place it on a tray or tray suitable for baking and sprinkle over the peppercorns and rosemary leaves.

These deep cuts will help us to better penetrate the sauce of the leg marinated in the oven.


Next, mix the apple vinegar with the orange juice and inject it into the pork leg.

Tip: Vinegar will help soften pork.


Then pour the chili sauce over the Christmas marinated pork leg distributing it evenly over the entire surface and let it rest for at least two hours so that it absorbs all the flavors well.


After that time, preheat the oven to 200 ÂșC, split the piece of butter or lard in several parts and place them on top of the pork leg marinated with achiote and chiles.


Then cover the marinated pork leg with aluminum foil and put it in the oven for about 4 hours, bathing it with the chili sauce from time to time so that it impregnates well and is not dry.

Tip: Turn the roasted pork leg halfway through cooking so it’s done well on both sides.


When it is well browned, we can serve our exquisite marinated pork leg for Christmas by sprinkling a pinch of coarse salt on top and accompanied by a Christmas apple salad and a good mashed potatoes for example. A very complete menu for these very special holidays!