It all started with some Robert Rodriguez research for my fantasy film-making career. Rodriguez’s recipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrw5FkLutWk) was/is excellent, if replicated exactly.
Just like Depp’s character’s pursuit in “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, I’ve been hunting a perfected Pibil of my own. I’ve made 2 good ones, and 3 horrible ones (seems to be a theme on this site). This is incredible food, and I have to say it, a perfect hunting camp recipe (one pot, one meat).
Things NOT to do: Don’t use pork tenderloin ever for slow-roasting. Don’t skip/forget the vinegar. Don’t get carried away adding spices like Cumin, Cinnamon, or Tarragon(?).
Things to Try: Le Creuset pot instead (in the oven or over a campfire), vegetables, or wild game.
Recipe is as follows (basically):
1 Whole Pork Butt, 2″ cubes (no exceptions, no other cut of meat works quite as well), throw into crockpot
1 Onion sliced, throw into crockpot
Season all lightly with SeasonAll
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Vinegar (type doesn’t seem to make a difference, why not, ehhh, half cider and half white?)
1 Cup 100% Agave Tequila
1 Can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
Pour marinade over meat the night before, leave in fridge, set for 12 hours slow cook the next morning.
I ended up making enchiladas out of these, too (basically shred the meat, roll up in pan-fried tortillas with monterey jack cheese. Sauce
is 1/2 El Paso Mild Enchilada Sauce, 1/2 juice from the Pibil, cooked on low with some flour to thicken, cover whole thing with cheese).
Soundtrack for this recipe: Turnpike Troubadours “Down on Washington”, followed by the entire “Mambo Sinuendo” album by Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban