From chuletas to carnitas, pork is a celebrated staple in Latin cuisine. Still, for a newbie cook, the thought of working with pig is a tad more intimidating than, say, a friendly-looking chicken breast. That’s why we were so excited to catch up with celebrity chef Lorena Garcia at the 2016 South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami to get the lowdown on how to cook pig to perfection. From her favorite marinade to her favorite side dish, Garcia shared her best pig cooking tips. Plus, she’s got some advice for every novice cook out there.

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