This is another one of my favorite dishes. I found it in a Bon Appetit magazine years ago, and it’s been a regular feature in my house ever since. It requires a little planning ahead because it does need some time on the stove, but it’s one of those practically “set it and forget it” type of meals and the finished product always gets rave reviews. I often do this dish for dinner parties because it is easy to make in large quantities. And you have some great options for leftovers:
(1) freeze it for later – The meat freezes very well, and when you’re ready just thaw and toss it back on the stove with a few tablespoons of water.
(2) repurpose it – I’m terrible when it comes to leftovers. I generally don’t like to eat the same thing twice within days of the original meal. This pulled pork recipe is great because it also makes excellent sandwiches. Just add rolls, coleslaw, and Carolina sauce.
And on another note, if you don’t eat pork, this dish can be done with beef, though I would consider cutting back on the orange juice by maybe half and using more water instead.
Pulled Pork Tacos
4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
6 garlic cloves, peeled & smashed (just smash with the flat side of the knife)
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
(I’ve simplified the approach from the original a bit with similar results.)
Combine all ingredients above, but for the brandy, in a deep skillet and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until pork is tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Add more water if necessary to keep pork partially submerged. Uncover, and boil pork mixture until the liquid is reduced by half, about 20-30 minutes.
Stir in brandy and continue to boil as the liquid evaporates, and begin pulling apart the meat while discarding any loose pieces of fat.
Continue to stir the meat until the liquid is evaporated and the meat begins to crisp and brown.
Add warm tortillas (corn or flour), fresh guacamole, and salsa, and enjoy! If you want a really easy side dish, try corn on the cob or kernels and top with some fresh grated parmesan cheese and a little chili powder.
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