Today was another day of experimenting in the kitchen. Sometimes when I am throwing various things into a pot or a pan with wild abandon, I get an ever so slight feeling of being a mad scientist at work in my lab. The difference being is I usually end up with something very good to eat. I don’t mean to be immodest but I have been cooking for close to 40 years, so I have gotten pretty good at it. I have learned how to take a recipe and put my own spin on it and make it mine.
A couple days ago, a friend of mine on Facebook posted a recipe for Asian Pulled Pork from the web site http://whiteonricecouple.com. The picture made it look scrumptious, and the recipe looked like it would lend itself to some tweaking. What you will find below is my take on Asian Pulled Pork. We ate it on flour tortillas as tacos, but it just as easily could have been made it sandwiches or served over rice or pasta. I had originally planned to saute some onion, red pepper and mushrooms and put that on top of the pork, but once I saw what came out of the oven, I realized the pork didn’t need a thing. This is what it looked like after shredding.
So without further ado…
JJ’s Asian Pulled Pork
4-5 lbs boneless pork shoulder
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 Tbl olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-10 oz cans diced tomatoes and green chiles
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup white wine
2 Tbl sambal oelek (Indonesian chile paste)
¼ cup brown sugar
1Tsp black pepper
- In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil. Brown the pork shoulder on all sides. Move to roasting pan and set aside.
- In the same pan, add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is soft and translucent.
- Add tomatoes and green chiles, soy sauce, white wine, sambal oelek, brown sugar and black pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
- Pour tomato mixture over pork. Cover pan with foil.
- Bake pork for approximately 4 hours at 350 degrees until it shreds easily.
- Let pork sit for 15 minutes. Use two forks or your fingers to shred the pork and mix it with the tomato mixture in the pan.
- Serve as sandwiches, tacos or over rice or pasta.