Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork Tacos

Words: Mikka Wee/Photography: Mylene Chung/Styling and Recipe Development: Katherine Jao/June 25, 2012

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If you are one who loves to daydream about food (come on, admit it), I’m sure you normally catch yourself spacing out and wondering what’s for lunch? But then, the exhaustion from work kicks in as we stifle a little yawn—our cravings shift from savory to caffeine-y.

So why not marry both?

Ease the manic from your Mondays and have some of these delectable Coffee-Rubbed Pulled Pork Tacos! Though the name might be a mouthful, this Mexican fusion recipe will surely keep your mouth constantly full. Partner it with some sour cream + salsa and woah! You’ve got a meal that is way beyond kick ass.

Here’s an interesting fact. Aside from being the usual morning staple, the use of coffee has been furthered into meat rubs. Given its dark and toasty flavor, it brings out the goodness of dark meats. The darker roasts pack in more of that bold coffee flavor, while lighter ones are subtler—just like a gentle tickle.

Now,  please quit the day dreaming.

Put on your Mexican hat and start grinding those beans. Pack these tantalizing tacos for lunch but ensure their invisibility from the rest of your officemates—and the world. It’s kinda selfish; but trust us when we say these little babies can get you in a fight—they’re that good.

Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork Tacos

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients for the Pulled Pork

  • 500g Pork shoulder, skinless
  • 2 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • 2 tbsp coffee powder
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for the Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 4 pcs tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 pcs of lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper

Other Ingredients

  • 12 pc Tortilla
  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce

Procedure for Pulled Pork

  1. Rub pork shoulder with adobo seasoning, coffee powder, mustard and olive oil.
  2. In a 350 degree farenheit oven, roast pork for 4 hours or until meat is very tender.
  3. Pull pork using two forks until it looks flakey.

Procedure for Pineapple Salsa

  1. Mix together pineapple, tomatoes and lemon.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Set aside in the chiller until ready to use.

Assembly

  1. Heat tortilla in a pan. Transfer to a place.
  2. Place some shredded lettuce, then some pulled pork.
  3. Top with pineapple salsa, drizzle with sourcream and top with chives.
  4. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas.

Notes

  1. Adjust Adobo seasoning according to the brand you are using.
  2. You can also add other herbs like oregano and sage if you wish.
  3. For some adventurous cooks, you can even add cheddar cheese to this dish.

Mikka Wee

Managing Editor / Writer

Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero. See More.

  • Rika

    Coffee with pork?? Interesting, must try this!

    • http://findingfragments.wordpress.com/ Mikka Wee

      Yep, you read that right, Rika! Interesting combination, but deliciously satisfying! ;)

  • Dotz

    Such creative recipes! love this one

    • http://findingfragments.wordpress.com/ Mikka Wee

      Wow, thanks Dotz! :) Hope you can try this recipe out and let us know what you think! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/enJOYwithJOY enjoywithjoy

     What can go wrong with coffee and pork?! Two of my favorite food and drink…can’t live without it! :-)

  • Patty

    I didn’t have both pork and coffee but I wanted to try this recipe so bad :)) used IKEA meatballs and coffee-flavoured mate tea instead. I’m sure it won’t be as delicious as this one but hope it works :S

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      Hi Patty! Your ingredients sound good when put together. :) so how did it go?

  • Mark L

    What’s a good substitute for adobo seasoning?

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      a mixture of the ff. can be substitute: salt, black pepper, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion powder, chili and cumin. :)