Carne Vinha d’ Alhos – Pork Marinated in Garlic and Wine

Try out this traditional Portuguese dish. After marinating for 3 days the pork will have an incredible amount of flavor!



Portuguese Carne Vinha d' Alhos, pork marinated in wine and garlic, on a plate with slices of Portuguese bread, Bolo do Caco

Carne Vinha d' Alhos (Pork Marinated in Garlic and Wine)

Try out this traditional Portuguese dish. After marinating for 3 days the pork will have an incredible amount of flavor!
4.58 from 14 votes
Prep Time 3 days
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 6


  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup for marinade, ¼ cup for frying
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp oregano roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp thyme roughly chopped
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder or butt 1" cubes


  • In bowl combine red wine, white wine vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, bay leaves, chopped herbs, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Add meat into the marinade. Marinade should be covering the meat. Cover with plastic wrap Let sit in refrigerator for 3-7 days, Stirring twice a day.
  • Into a hot pan, add a ¼ cup of the marinade along with a handful of pork. Let the pork braise for 15-20 minutes. Pick out the bay leaves. After about 15 minutes remove the sauce with a spoon. Keep this cooked sauce as you can spoon it over your meat or dip your bread into it later. Add olive oil into the pan. Let meat cook in pan for about 10 minutes to allow it to brown.
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  • Serve with potatoes, bolo do caco or milho frito! Don't forget the cook sauce you reserved.


Note: another variation to this recipe I have tried, is cooking the pork in the marinade for about 2 to 3 hours. Until you could break apart the pieces of pork apart with two forks. This long cook time make the pork very tender.
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 (I use a ladle to remove a few cups of the marinade that the pork was cooking in to be used to dip my bread). I pour the rest in a colander to remove the rest of the marinade. Then I put the pork in a roasting pan or rimmed cookie sheet pan.  Turn the oven to the broil setting- so all the heat is coming from the top.  Put the roasting pan with the pork on a top rack of the oven and broil for about 15-25 minutes. The high heat from the broil setting will brown the pork. You will need to set a timer and about every 5 minutes use tongs or a long spoon the mix up the pork so it does not burn. 
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I will often sprinkle more extra virgin olive oil over the pork as I am broiling the pork.  At this time taste a few pieces of pork. If needed, you can add more salt, splash more vinegar or black pepper if you think it needs additional flavor.
Keyword Madeira, Madeira island meat, marinade, meat, pork, Portuguese, Portuguese meat, wine
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