Pork Pibil

Posted by Phil on December 9th, 2010 | Cooking

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

The dog waits for the Pibil.

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

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