Pork Pinchos on a Skewer

Pork Pinchos on a Skewer

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
356 Calories
19g Fat
13g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 356
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 1237mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 33g
Calcium 112mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In the Caribbean, pinchos are grilled pork or chicken kabobs. You'll find them at every roadside stand.

Here is a garlicky version great for a summer cookout, snack or party. If you don't have a pilón (mortar and pestle), you can mix your marinade in a food processor or blender.


  • 6 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 3 teaspoons oregano (dried)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons vinegar (white)
  • 1 pound pork (boneless shoulder or butt)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pork Pinchos on a Skewer ingredients

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  2. Using a pilón (mortar and pestle), mash the garlic cloves and salt into a paste.

    Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic cloves and salt into a paste

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  3. Mix in the pepper and oregano. Stir in the olive oil and vinegar. Set the marinade aside.

    add spices to the garlic paste

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  4. Cut the pork into 1-inch cubes.

    cut pork into pieces

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  5. Cover the pork pieces with the marinade and let set in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

    pork with marinade in a bowl

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  6. Skewer the pork pieces and grill the kabobs for about eight minutes, turning occasionally for even grilling.

    Pork Pinchos on a Skewer cooking on a grill pan

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  • If you do not have a mortar and pestle, you can achieve a similar garlic and salt paste by chopping and pressing the garlic and salt against a cutting board.
  • If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water while the pork is marinating.

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