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Friday, April 6, 2012

Pulled Pork for Tacos

I work on weekends, all weekend long, and I've been embracing my crock pot more and more as a dinner-helper. One of my favorite things to make is pulled pork because it's so easy and mindless. I usually dump some salsa on the bottom of the crock pot, place a 2 1/2 pound pork loin on top, and dump more salsa on the top of that. Cover, cook on low for 6 hours, and viola! Dinner is ready! Shredding the pork into the liquid in the crock pot is easy and it's good served in tacos or on top of rice, mashed potatoes, quinoa, millet, salads...just about anything.

Recently we hosted friends for dinner on a day I was working and I wanted to put a little more thought into the meal than a bottle of salsa. I made a rub for the pork and used citrus juice instead of turned out pretty good. We had it with tacos and homemade salsa, and leftovers were had with salad. I made this mild for the girls' sake, but you can also throw in some chipotle in adobo sauce for some added heat.

2 1/2 - 3 pound pork loin
juice of 1/2 lime
juice of 1 orange
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cloves fresh minced garlic

Grease a crock pot with a little olive oil. Place the pork in the crock pot. Combine the lime juice and orange juice and pour over the pork.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil through the garlic. Rub this mixture all over the top and sides of the pork (and the bottom if you are inclined). Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours or until the pork is cooked through. Turn off the heat, let the pork sit for 10 - 15 minutes, then shred into the liquid in the crock pot with two forks. Serve immediately.

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