Pork Pinchos on a Skewer

Pork Pinchos on a Skewer

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 38 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
376 Calories
28g Fat
4g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 376
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1144mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 432mg 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 kebabs. You'll find them at every roadside stand.

Here is a garlicky version that's 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.

"These tender pork kebabs are full of spicy, tangy flavor and are infused with garlic. The skewers develop wonderful color during the short time they’re on the grill. I served the pork with buttered rice, maduros, and a tart salad." —Diana Andrews

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  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 pound boneless pork 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. Toss the pork pieces in the marinade to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

    pork with marinade in a bowl

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  6. Skewer the pork pieces and grill the kabobs on high heat (500 F to 600 F) 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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