Mexican Pulled Pork Burritos

This one has turned into a favourite. We used to make taco’s or burritos once a week using the pre packaged mixes available from the local supermarket. It’s an easy and mostly healthy after work meal. But one day that changed. Inspired by a local food truck’s pulled pork taco. I googled a few recipes for Mexican pulled pork and and after a few trials (no errors) I came up with my own version of spices that give a little kick but don’t blow your head off.

Spice Rub

2 tablespoons of ground chilli
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

You will also need a pork shoulder, some onions, a celery stalk and some chicken stock.

1. Prepare spice rub in a bowl and mix well
2. Remove skin and excess fat from pork shoulder (or ask your butcher)
3. Spoon on the spice rub, rubbing it in as you go, you might not need all that you made, but it keeps well in airtight container.
4. Prepare a bed of onions on the bottom of your slow cooker, this is for the pork to sit on while it slow cooks. Place a celery stalk in there as well. Add 1-2 cups of stock to the bottom of the slow cooker.
5. Place the pork on the onions, put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high. Depending on the size of your pork it may take 4-8 hours to cook. I have left it on all day while at work without any problems.
6. You can test that it’s cooked by trying to separate the meat with two forks, it should pull apart without any effort.
7. When it’s down, remove the meat onto a board, allow it to cool a little before you get into the pulling.
8.While it’s cooling carefully pour the stock through a colander into a container, save this for later.
9. Pull the pork apart using two forks, discarding any bones, gristle or excessively fatty bits. Put the pulled pork back into the slow cooker on low, If it’s a bit drier than you want it, add back some of the stock and mix it through until you are happy with the texture. You won’t need it all, there is nothing worse than soggy burritos falling apart
10. Check for taste, if there’s not enough flavour for you add a teaspoon of the spice rub and stir through.

And that’s about it, we normally serve with tortilla, tomato, tatziki and fresh baby spinach. But you can try whatever you like.

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