Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pulled Pork Tacos

I. Love. Pulled. Pork. Tacos.

If I weren't married already, I would marry pulled pork tacos (sorry, honey!). I love the way they make the house smell when they are cooking, I love the way they melt in your mouth with their exquisite flavor, and I love that they make the best leftovers. They just get better with each day after they are made.

They might sound complicated to make, but they are one of the easiest things to make in the world, so there is really no excuse for you not to try them.

First, you need a pork shoulder. It's one of the cheapest pieces of meat you can by and you can find it at most grocery stores (I know this because I can still find it here in Kentucky). Since I am feeding 2 people most of the time, I usually buy a 3 lb pork shoulder, cut it in half, freeze 1 half and use it for another meal.

Place your roast in your slow cooker and salt it to your liking (I use kosher).

You will then need your weapons to dismantle that piece of meat. I use only 4:

2 cups fresh salsa
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa (yes, you read that right! It's my secret weapon... well, crud)
2 tbsp oregano

Mix up all the weapons!

And drench thy enemy before thy enemy knows what hath hit him!

But in all seriousness, just put the lid on the slow cooker and put it on low for 6 1/2 to 7 hours. Once the meat is tender, shred it with 2 forks, set the cooker on warm, and your meat is done!

I like to serve mine with extra salsa, sour cream, and fresh cilantro. The hubby likes to add fresh grated cheese and Tapatio to the mix.

Sooooo good! I was going to sprinkle cilantro on mine, which would've looked a lot prettier but in my sleep-deprived state this week I bought two bundles of Italian parsley instead of 1 parsley and 1 cilantro. Kroger-1, Mrs Grumpus-0.

The hubby was very proud of his plating of tacos as well. I think they look fantastic!

I highly recommend this dish. It will make your house smell so good and even picky Mexican eaters *cough (my hubby) cough* like this dish!

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