Yesterday I made the fabled Puerco Pibil.
I can still taste it too... It's every bit as good as Johnny Depp made it out to be in Once Upon a Time in Mexico without all the unnecessary gunplay. For anyone who hasn't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Desperado was alright, but Mexico is far superior. Plus the DVD contains a featurette on how to make Puerco Pibil, which is really the point here anyways - right?
I had a slight issue with the pork though. It calls for 5 Pounds of Pork Butt but I didn't think I would need that much so I bought a 3 pound chunk of Pork from Jungle Jims. What I didn't realize was that the pork was still on the bone. I'm not fond of boning meat as I am not exceptional with a boning knife. That's what butchers are for, alright? Considering the cost of meat and poultry now-a-days, I generally expect a certain amount of prep to be done for me. I know, I'm a spoiled kitchen whore...
Aside from spending 35 minutes trimming meat from bone and fat from meat, the dish came together flawlessly. I marinated the pork in Orange Juice and Tequila with the appropriate spices, then arranged the banana leaves in my Calphalon Roasting Pan, and slowly cooked the pork for just over 4 hours...
I would put the recipe in this journal, but there is really only one basic version of it and you can get it just about ANYWHERE on the Internets. Personally, I like this guys explanation of the recipe...
I Can Write: Puerco Pibil
Tonight I'll be making BBQ Chicken Pizza. I actually need to get my butt in gear and caramelize some onions. Oh, and get the dough started. And get dessert ready... Ugh, I need a cup of coffee and a nap.
My apologies to Jeb for making Pibil without him and listening to a lot of Sly & The Family Stone today. :/
GROOVES: Sly & The Family Stone
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)
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