Friday, August 19, 2011

Pushed Pork Tacos

Just kidding- it’s Pulled Pork Tacos

My son announced that he will make supper tonight. Oh goodie! I always welcome such a delicious offer. He shopped for ingredients the night before and he brought his laptop down to the kitchen for the recipe. Whew! My off night at the kitchen, well deserved.  I give him pointers- #1 Take pictures of every step. #2 clean up as you go- I said loud and clear using my telepathy power. Then I’m on the way to my painting class.

DSC_0664I love pulled pork tacos! Like mushu pork American style right? No? Whatever, at my painting teacher’s home we drank home-brewed mint tea and ate crackers while we chatted. Well past the time but I wasn’t in a hurry. Dinner will be ready by the time I get home, maybe?  After class, I stopped by a Japanese book store to check out travel books. Kyoto, Kobe,,,. My husband and my son are going to Japan next week and I need to make a list of things I want them to buy for me. Sadly, I know that I must shorten it though. 76 yen for the dollar won’t go too far. When my husband got there in Japan in December of 1976, dollar was worth 293 yen. A year later, dropped around 180 yen. Desperate, he asked his parents for more money. I read through the pages, but didn’t buy any, Japanese call this tachiyomi (立ち読み-not paying customer stand and read). I should save money here so that they could buy me Royce chocolate. I believe Royce is 1000 times better than H maker’s chocolate. My daughter can attest to that.

When I got home, the dinner was not quite ready but the yummy smell filled the house. My son’s friend was wearing my awesomely cute apron and helping him or was my son helping her? She really looked good in it. Too bad he did not take her picture. 

Roasted Sweet Pork

6 (approx.) pounds Pork butt/shoulder
1 19 oz. can Red Enchilada Sauce
1 can Dr. Pepper (20 oz.)
2 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 Clove Garlic or 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, choppedDSC_0633

Combine all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on low overnight or until meat is tender.DSC_0637

Cilantro Lime Slaw

1 whole shredded purple cabbage DSC_0644
1 c. Mayonnaise
1 c. Cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. minced Garlic
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper or a dash of your favorite hot sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. Lime Juice
1/2 tsp. Cumin

DSC_0639Combine all but slaw in a mini food processor or chop and combine yourself. Mix desired amount of dressing with slaw mix no more than 30 minutes before serving.DSC_0656

Place the shredded meat and sour cream & shredded cheese (optional) on top of a tortilla and then the slaw on top of that. Fold in half and enjoy. Have plenty of napkins ready in hand.DSC_0674

We liked it very much. My husband and I ate left over the next night so I had two nights off kitchen duty. Nice!

Memo to myself- need to work on my telepathy power a bit.


  1. Wow, looks yummy! Your telepathy power worked. He did a great job documenting. And looks like he inherited your awesome cooking genes.

  2. Those should be called sugar pork tacos. :) Looks good. Is this a Cafe Rio recipe?
    Hmmm. And how can you get some of those Royce chocolate over to me?

  3. Haha, your post title really had me there. I thought pushed pork was a new food creation...haha. Lucky you for being spoiled for once, you should request this service at least 3 times a week :-). Btw, I LOVE Royce chocolates, they really melt in the mouth. The great news is, a Royce store just opened up in Brunei last week...yeaaay!!

  4. oh wow your son did an amazing job, looking forward to the day when my daughter will cook for me he he

  5. Your husband and son going to Japan - so envious! Can I send my list too!? Just kidding. =P I love your title - it's so funny. I realized I am writing in English...得意でもないのに英語で書く必要なかった(汗)。今76円なんですか???びびびっくり!チョコレート美味しいですよね~!楽しみですね。:-)

  6. Jalna, I don't know what happend to my reply comment I just wrote to you. But anyway, Thank you so much for your comment. I need to train him more on cleaning up side. He is a good kid nonetheless.

  7. Mariko, I don't know it's a good idea to send chocolate to Hawaii. It might melt. Beside I may not have a chance because I could finish eating in one sitting.

    Foodiva, People of Brunei know good stuff. You're lucky to have Royce store so close! Thanks for your comment.

  8. Rebecca, Thank you. He should be cooking more often I think. That was great meal!

    なみちゃん、コメントありがとうね。 両替してもらうとしたら、1,2円 またとられるから、結局1ドル74円ということになるんですよ、厳しいね。