My family just had a Taco Tuesday of epic proportions. Both of the boys ate 3 tacos and I don't really want to admit how many tacos Bryce and I had.... This recipe is coming to you on Wednesday due to quality control. Rest assured that it passed rigorous testing procedures.
Now, let's be clear. This recipe doesn't have to be made into tacos. It could go in sandwiches, salads, quesadillas -- anything you can think of.
The pork in this recipe is made in a Crockpot, most likely my favorite kitchen device ever created. Putting it on in the morning makes for easy prep right before dinner. The flavors are mainly constructed of adobo seasoning, garlic (obviously, it's in the title), orange juice, and Serrano peppers. There are hundreds of adobo seasonings on the market, but most of them have the basic ingredients: oregano, cumin, garlic, black pepper, salt, onion, and paprika. Scrumptious. Cooking in orange juice tenderizes the meat while simultaneously adding a slightly sweet taste with a bite of acid. If you or members of your family have weak tongues and can't handle the heat, go easy on the Serranos. You can always add them on top of the taco if you have second thoughts!
I quite think that this slaw is the best part of this dish. For those of you who have been victimized by creamy coleslaw... do not despair. This is a fresh, vibrant rendition of a southern classic in need of a drastic makeover. Packed full of veggies and covered in a light and flavorful dressing, I'm sure y'all will be happy you gave it a shot. Please!!! Those of you opposed to the Cilantro, feel free to leave it out.. Make the slaw, and try the cilantro next time. May the force of the slaw be with you and your soul be persuaded.
PROUD SIDE NOTE!!! I grew the onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and Serrano peppers in this recipe. Yes, I'm bragging. Carry on.
Adobo Garlic Pulled Pork with Chili Lime Slaw
Yields 8 servings
Braises in a Crockpot on high
Time to prepare is 7-8 hours
Adobo Garlic Pulled Pork Ingredients
4-5 pound pork roast (I used a Boston Butt)
3 tablespoons of adobo seasoning
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cups of orange juice
1 cup of chicken stock
12 cloves of crushed garlic cloves
3 serrano peppers, sliced in half
1/2 cup of sliced onion
Chili Lime Slaw Ingredients
4 cups of shredded green cabbage
2 fresh ears of corn
1/2 cup of thinly sliced bell peppers
1/4 cup of roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup of thinly sliced onion
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
Adobo Garlic Pulled Pork Instructions
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil on high heat. Coat the pork roast in 1-1/2 tablespoons of adobo seasoning. When the oil is shimmering and hot hot, sear the pork roast on all sides (about 3 minutes per side).
When the roast is seared, add it to a large Crockpot with as much of the burnt bits from the searing pan as possible. Add in all of the other ingredients and set the Crockpot on high. (Walk away. Do the laundry, mow the lawn, take a bath, pet a unicorn, or TAKE A NAP MAMA.) After 7-8 hours on high, take the roast out of the pot and let it cool. While the roast is cooling, ladle most of the fat off of the top of the liquid in the Crockpot, and discard it.
Shred the pork and discard the fat off of the meat.
Soak the meat in the leftover juices and taste for salt and pepper. Serve with the trappings of your choice!
(Don't forget the slaw!)
Chili Lime Slaw Instructions
In a large pot boil the ears of corn for 7 minutes, or wrap them in Saran Wrap and microwave them for 3 minutes. Slice the kernels off of the cob. Toss the shredded cabbage, corn, bell peppers, cilantro, and onion together.
Add the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together throughly to make a dressing. Toss the slaw and dressing together and serve immediently with the Adobo Garlic Pulled Pork.
I hope you have the urge to slurp juice from your arm in a disgraceful manor, just like this.