Spicy Shredded Pork

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Please tell me if this has happened to you?.?.?  You plan a meal – a crockpot meal.  A meal that is almost ready when you get home – but needs a little work to be great.  Then you work late.  You work so late that your stomach feels as though it is eating itself right at this moment.  So hungry that you think if you take the time to slice that tomato, cut that cilantro, open the tortillas….you may just fall over from hunger.  Ok, a slight exaggeration – but that is what it felt like.

I had planned to make the spicy shredded pork and have it with all the “fixins.”  I had tortillas, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and lime.  I wanted spicy spicy pork to go with the coolness of the “fixins.”  I meant the pork to have a kick – a real smoky kick from the chipotle chiles. 

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This pork does have a kick – but in my state of hunger I could not plan a dish that required cutting and organizing.  I added some cilantro to some leftover parsley brown rice and I ate this dish.  I did have to squeeze a little lime over this dish – but this spicy pork tasted great.  The pork gets a nice heat around the edges but not throughout.  Therefore you get a nice heat in your mouth but it is not too much.  What puts it over the top is taking some of the vegetables from the crockpot (onions and bell pepper) and adding just a few on top of the pork.  Wowza.  Spicy.  Perfect.

 

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This dish does not come off as sweet – just smoky and hot.  Sometimes I just want a straight up hot dish and this fits the bill. 

I think tomorrow I may re-heat the pork in the leftover sauce from the crockpot and make the really spicy dish I was going to have today…maybe???

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Spicy Shredded Pork

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. coriander
  • 4 chipotle chiles, minced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 lb. pork butt
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbs. minced cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. minced parsley
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Add broth, garlic, onion, bell pepper, cumin, coriander, chipotle chiles, juice from an orange, juice from a lime and salt to crockpot and stir to combine. Add pork butt and pour some sauce over the top.
  2. Cook in crockpot 8-9 hours.
  3. Remove from crockpot and shred. Reserve liquid and vegetables in crockpot.
  4. Meanwhile, combine cooked rice with butter, parsley and cilantro. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Add rice to plate and top with pork. Cut lime and drizzle juice over pork.
  6. Add some vegetables and broth from the crockpot on top of the pork for a spicier dish (optional)
  7. Serve.
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