Dear Korean Pork Tacos,
I love you and I want to marry you.
Seriously though, you guys have-ta-have-ta-have-ta make these ASAP! I’m not trying to be bossy, I just know the moment your taste-buds experience the sweet and ever-so-slightly spicy Korean BBQ sauced braised pork and the fresh and crisp cilantro coleslaw together, it will be insta-love! Think Married at First Sight but this marriage actually lasts.
(do you watch that show? tell me you watch the show?!)
Inspired from yet another favorite restaurant, Fenton Fire Hall, that Pat and I just recently dined at with friends. Remember this Sweet Potato + Jalapeno Mash recipe? Same place. After ordering their Korean Pork Tacos twice now, I realized I could easily make these at home and eat them whenever I want. Ummm, yeah!?!?
You may remember, I already have a killer Korean BBQ Sauce that I use on grilled chicken or sometimes as a sauce for stir-fry. But this sauce has yet to grace slowly braised pork. Until today.
Since I just want to quickly braise some pork that’s going to end up being doused in a flavorful sauce, I don’t fuss to much with it. I cut my pork shoulder into 5 to 6 pieces, season with s & p and sear them in bacon fat. I keep a jar in my fridge at all times! Once the pork has a nice crust, I add a large red onion that has been cut into wedges into the bottom of the Dutch oven and add in 6 cloves of garlic (smashed and peeled), add the pork back in and pour in 3 cups of beef broth. You don’t want the pork submerged in the broth.
Then simply cover the pot, and slide it into a preheated 325 oven to braise for 4 hours.
Once the pork is tender and falling apart, I discard the cooking liquid and remove any extra fat. Then I shred the pork, but still keep it in fairly large chunks and add it back to the pot. Cover with the sauce and heat on medium-low until the sauce has been heated through.
Note: One recipe of my Korean BBQ Sauce will be enough cover the cooked and shredded meat of a 3.5 pound pork shoulder, any larger pork shoulder and it may require you to double the sauce recipe.
In the meantime, toss the cilantro coleslaw. I just love this slaw!!
Warm up a bunch of soft, flour tortillas and fill with the shredded Korean pork. Then use tongs to top with the cilantro slaw and drop on a few thinly sliced radishes, or for a little heat some raw or pickled jalapenos. Yum!
Now, stuff your face.
Sweet and spicy, crisp, fresh and cool all wrapped up in a tortilla of love. That’s right, tortilla of love.
Before my daughter took a bite, she asked: “What?! NO cheese?” (ugh, kids) and after her first bite she said “Who needs cheese with tacos this good?”
Needless to say, thumbs up all around our kitchen table. Mouths full, sauce dripping down the side of our hands as we sat in the quiet of food bliss. Man, I love good food!
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Braised Korean Pork Tacos
Sweet and spicy, crisp, fresh and cool all wrapped up in a tortilla of love.
Yield: about 12+ tacos (depending on how full you stuff your tacos)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: about 4 hours 30 minutes
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 (3-1/2 pound) pork shoulder, cut into 5 to 6 smaller hunks
coarsely ground black pepper
1 red onion, cut into wedges
6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
3 cups beef broth
1 recipe Korean BBQ SauceKorean BBQ Sauce
1 recipe for cilantro coleslaw
2 to 4 radishes, sliced thinly
Remove pork shoulder from the fridge 30 minutes beforehand. Cut into 5 to 6 hunks and season generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
Heat bacon fat in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, sear all sides of the pork until deeply golden brown. Transfer to clean bowl and repeat.
Once the pork has been seared, place the onion and garlic in the bottom of the dutch oven. Place the pork on top and pour in the 3 cups of beef broth. The liquids should reach 1/2 to 3/4 of the way on the pork.
Cover the pot and slide it into your preheated oven. Braise for 4 hours, the pork should be falling apart tender. Use tongs to transfer pork to a cutting board and discard cooking liquids. Remove excess fat from the pork and shred into large pieces, adding it back into the (empty) Dutch oven.
Pour the Korean BBQ Sauce over and heat over medium to medium-low until sauce is hot.
Place the Korean Pork in the center of warm tortillas, top with cilantro coleslaw and a few radishes.
NOTE: The recipe for my Korean BBQ Sauce will be enough cover the meat a 3.5 pound pork shoulder (once braised and shredded), any larger size pork shoulder may require you to double the sauce recipe.
Also, to make things easier, I made the sauce the night before and keep it in the fridge until the pork has been shredded.