BBQ PULLED PORK TACOS WITH CORN AND PEPPER RELISH
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups leftover BBQ pulled pork (see recipe below)
1 ½ cups shredded pepper jack cheese
10-12, 5-6” corn tortillas
BBQ Sauce (recipe below)
Cilantro leaves for garnish
Corn and Pepper Relish:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 ½ cups frozen corn, thawed
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dish off the Block Ragin’ Cajun Spice Blend
BBQ Pulled Pork
3 tablespoons olive oil
7-9-pound pork shoulder roast
3 tablespoons Dish off the Block Ragin’ Cajun Spice Blend
2 large onions chopped
2, 12-ounce beers
2 cups ketchup
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons honey
⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons Dish off the Block Ragin’ Cajun Spice Blend
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and add the pork. Stir until the pork is warm and begins to caramelize on the edges. Turn off the heat and top with the pepper jack cheese. Cover the pan and let the cheese melt while you toast the tortillas.
Heat another skillet over medium high heat and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Toast the tortillas about 1-2 minutes per side until they are toasty and lightly browned in spots, adding a little more oil as needed. Remove to a plate and cover with a damp, warm kitchen towel until ready to serve.
To make the relish, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook until fragrant. Add the red pepper, corn, salt, and Cajun seasoning and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the corn starts to lightly brown. This can be made in advance and warmed when ready to serve.
To assemble the tacos, place about ¼ cup of the pulled pork with cheese in the base of the tortilla. Top with the corn relish and drizzle with the BBQ sauce. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with a lime wedge on the side for squeezing.
BBQ Pulled Pork and BBQ Sauce
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven, big even to hold the pork with enough extra room around it for air to circulate.
Remove your pork shoulder from the package and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub all over with the Cajun Spice to coat well.
When the oil is very hot. Sear the pork shoulder on all sides, including the ends, until well-crusted, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate. Add the onions to the pan drippings and cook, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes until they are soft and fragrant. Add one of the beers to the pan and stir, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
Add the pork back into the pan, on top of the onions and pour the remaining beer into the pan. The liquid should come about halfway up the meat. Add a little water if more liquid is needed.
Cover and place in the oven. Cook for 7-8 hours, turning the shoulder over once after 4 hours. The pork is done when it is falling off the bone.
While your pork cooks, make your BBQ sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a large saucepan and whisk until smooth, bringing to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer on low for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. The longer this sauce sits the better it gets. I usually make both the pork and sauce the day before I plan to serve it, but it’s still good same day!
When your pork is done, remove the meat from the pan, to a large bowl and shred the meat with two forks. Set aside.
Skim as much of the fat as you can off the juices in the pan. I like to pour the juices into a bowl or container and place them in the freezer (once they are room temperature) for an hour or two. The fat will congeal and is easier to scrape off the top this way.
Combine the liquid (should be about 2-3 cups with fat removed) and 1 ½ cups of the BBQ sauce back in the Dutch oven and stir to combine. Add the shredded pork and stir to coat. Taste that yummy goodness!! Depending on the size of the pork shoulder and amount of liquid you may want to add another ½ – 1 cup of BBQ sauce to taste.
Place the remaining BBQ sauce in a squeeze bottle or serving dish to spoon extra for sandwiches, tacos, pizza, etc…