I’ve come to realize that I should probably rename my crockpot the “shredded meat maker.” If there is one thing I always feel comfortable cooking in there, and that always turns out well no matter how long I’m gone, it’s shredded meat of some sort, be it for tacos, sandwiches, or Asian dishes.
When I first saw this recipe, I immediately knew it was going to get the crockpot treatment. I really liked the sound of the pork – nice and citrusy with just a small touch of heat (and a little more if you choose to make the chipotle cream). Plus, I love a nice crunchy counterpart to a crockpot meal, which is obviously not going to have a whole lot of texture. Between the crunchy slaw and citrus flavors in this pork, this is a nice, bright meal, which is not always easy to achieve in a slowcooker.
Plus, the meat is pretty versatile. The first night, we had the pork in a similar way to the original blogger – as tacos, with a crunchy slaw. I froze some of the leftovers and we had the pork a couple weeks later in Cuban quesadilla form – all the ingredients in a Cuban sandwich (yellow mustard, pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese) but in a tortilla instead of a roll. I’m not sure which I liked more!
Slowcooker Cuban Pork
Pork recipe adapted from The Partial Ingredients , slaw recipe is my own
1 (2-3) lb. pork roast
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne
1.5 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. oregano
1 large onion, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of 1 orange
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup chicken broth
Warmed corn or flour tacos, for serving
Jicama Slaw (recipe follows)
Chipotle Cream (recipe follows)
Rub the pork roast all over with the Dijon and oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Combine the cayenne, allspice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and oregano in a small bowl. Then, rub the mixture all over the pork. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium high heat and add a small amount of oil. Place the roast in the skillet and brown on all sides. Remove to slowcooker.
Place the onions and garlic on top of the pork. Combine the honey, orange juice and zest, lime juice, and chicken broth, and then pour into the slowcooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred with a fork and serve on tacos.
Note: If there seems to be a bit too much liquid, remove the lid from the crockpot and turn to high. Continue cooking while you make the rest of your dinner, and until the juices thicken a bit and are absorbed.
1/2 medium or large jicama, peeled and sliced into sticks
1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
2 small or 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into strips or ribbons
2 Tbsp. lime juice (about 1 lime)
2 Tbsp. canola oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cilantro, to taste
Toss together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
1/2 cup sour cream (light is fine) or Greek yogurt
1 chipotle in adobo, finely minced
1 tsp. lime juice
salt to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl or mini food processor until well combined.
Slowcooker Cuban Pork