Jerk Pulled Pork is Perfect for Tacos

Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos - a twist a perfect for a winter warm-up
Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos - a twist a perfect for a winter warm-up
Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos - a twist a perfect for a winter warm-up
Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos – a twist a perfect for a winter warm-up

THUNDER BAY – LIVING – The warm temptations of Jamacia include tasty food. Our friends at Foodland Ontario have a special treat this month that is perfect for a winter meal.

Jerk pulled pork is the perfect filling for tacos. Just one pork shoulder roast and maple syrup paired with classic jerk spices can serve a crowd.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2-1/2 hours
Serves 6 to 8

Jerk Sauce:
1 cup (250 mL) passata (strained tomatoes)
1/2 cup (125 mL) each Ontario Maple Syrup and water
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
2 tbsp (25 mL) soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) Scotch bonnet sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) each ground allspice and dried thyme leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground nutmeg and salt
4-1/2 lb (2 kg) boneless Ontario Pork Shoulder Roast
1 Ontario Onion, chopped
1 Ontario Carrot, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) water
24 small corn or flour tortillas
3 cups (750 mL) shredded Ontario Red Cabbage
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) grated Ontario Carrots
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped green onions

Jerk Sauce: In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, whisk together passata, maple syrup, water, butter, soy sauce, Scotch bonnet sauce, allspice, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cook until mixture bubbles and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes; set aside.

Pork: In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown roast, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Add onion and carrot, water and 1/2 cup (125 mL) the reserved Jerk Sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until meat falls apart easily about 2 hours.

Remove roast from liquid, place in serving dish and allow to cool slightly. Strain carrot and onion from cooking liquid; set aside. Reserve 1 cup (250 mL) of the liquid. Using two forks, shred pork, discarding excess fat. Add 1 cup (250 mL) of the reserved Jerk Sauce, reserved cooked carrot and onion and reserved cooking liquid, mix well.

To serve, warm tortillas, top each with 2 heaping tbsp (25 mL) shredded pork mixture, drizzle with 2 tsp (10 mL) reserved Jerk Sauce.

Toppings: Top each with desired amounts of cabbage, carrots and green onions.

Tip: For slow-cooker omit the 1 cup (250 mL) water; cook covered on High for 4 hours.

Nutritional Information:
1 Taco
PROTEIN: 18 grams
FAT: 10 grams
FIBRE: 2 grams
SODIUM: 450 mg

Printed with permission from Foodland Ontario

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