BBQ in Puerto Rico
Last spring I was in Puerto Rico for a few days. While seeing the sights in a rental car I stopped at Luquillo Beach, east of San Juan. There was a vender there who made TERRIFIC pork BBQ. I've been trying to approximate the sauce that he used. It wasn't tomato-based. The closest I have come is the olive oil/garlic/oregano/pepper/vinegar sauce used for "Pernil de Cerdo al horno". Does any one know of other favorite spices that folks down there may add to the sauce? Thanks
I think most people down here would use a combination of the ingredients you list (minus, I think, the vinegar) plus adobo. Adobo is used in Puerto Rico to condiment beef, pork, chicken and fish. It is made of Salt, Granulated Garlic, Oregano, Turmeric and the delicious sounding Tricalcium Phosphate. It comes with or without pepper.
Luquillo beach is also famous for its mile-long line of kiosks selling traditional fare like "bacalaitos" (fried cod fritters), "alcapurrias" (also fried made with grated green plaintain mixture and fillings of bround beef or land crab meat), "piononos" (sweet plantain with ground beef filling) and others. You can also get octopus, conch or shrimp "salads" (more like escabeche). As well as other local fare. As anywhere, make sure you only buy freshly made items.