Monday, February 11, 2013

Crock Pot Carne Adovada

Crock Pot Carne Adovada
Meat marinated in Adobo sauce.  This is an often-overlooked dish on menus throughout the southwest.  It has a rich, delicious taste, followed with a burning fire.  It’s an old family favorite.  If you’re in a hurry you can cut the pork into chunks, brown it and toss it in with the sauce!

Adobo sauce:
24 hot New Mexico red chile pods
10 cups chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbl. Mexican oregano
2 tsp. Ground cumin
1 tsp. salt

4 to 5 Lb.  pork shoulder (bone in more flavor/ boneless easier to cut into chunks)

Remove stems, seeds and veins from the chiles.  Carefully toast the pods, in a dry iron frying pan until soft and pliable but not until burnt (if the chiles burn they will become bitter).  Simmer the chiles in the chicken broth along with the garlic, oregano, cumin, and salt for 20 minutes.  Run chiles and broth through the blender one-half cup at a time.  (Be careful hot liquids expand in a blender and can spill out the top and burn you).  Work sauce through a wire sieve with the back of a spoon into a mixing bowl, until only the chile solids are left in the sieve.  Discard chile solids.  Slow smoke the pork until fully cooked, 165f, cut into bite sized pieces (and the bone if the roast has one) and place in a crock-pot (or large french oven or heavy cast soup pot, with lid) with the sauce for several hours on low.  Serve with hot corn tortillas and ice-cold beer.
Serves 10-12

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