As I expand my culinary knowledge, I decided to tackle on something that I don’t have a lot of experience with – cooking meat. I figured an easy way to do this would be a slow cooker recipe so that it could cook while I was at work, so here’s what you’ll need for the Spicy Pulled Pork with Pineapple dinner:
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup crushed canned tomato
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of lime juice, plus some wedges for garnish
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup chopped pineapple
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 lbs boneless pork shoulder (i used 1.5 lbs and it was enough to feed a whole community, so depending on how large of a audience you are feeding, pick lbs accordingly!)
pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
The hardest part is just assembling your broth. In your crockpot, put together the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder onion, jalapeno, lime juice and pineapples and mix together.
Once you get your broth assembled, it’s time to put in your meat! Put it on low and leave it alone for 7 hours!
7 hours later…
Here we have a fall off the bone pork shoulder. It has absorbed all the yummy flavor from the broth and is ready for the next step. Now you’ll need to take the pork out of the broth, strain the liquid (but save all the onions, pineapple, and yummy goodness) and get all the fat off the top and then start to shred the meat. Now this took forever and was very labor intensive, so I don’t know if I was doing this wrong – so if anyone has any tips, that would be great! Once you have shredded the meat, pour the strained bit back into the meat, and then pour over the liquid to help re-moisturize the meat. Top with cilantro and red pepper flakes and serve over rice and enjoy!
So this dish was pretty good – it was my first time cooking pork so I think the meat was a little dry, but overall had a really nice flavor. There was a little bit of heat that was balanced nicely with the pineapple. It definitely needed some sort of sauce, so a barbecue sauce or something like that is definitely needed. Overall, pretty delicious dish!