Crock pot love!

Crock pot love!

This Tuscan Pot Roast is next on my slow cooker menu.  It looks so nomsy!

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Newbie Mistake

Ok well, I am new to this blogging thing.  Having my camera at the ready, photo journaling every thing I eat or make, and consistently having something witty and inspiring to write about, is not really second nature to me yet.

With that said, I made some really delicious carnitas tacos this evening.  Since the pork took 10 hours to cook, we were starving by the time food was ready, and scarfed the finished product down in record time.  So now, instead of slipping peacefully into a pork coma, I will fill you in on what I did and how I did it.

It all started last night when I took the 2.5 Lb pork butt out of the freezer to thaw.  8 hours later the pork butt got a nice 2 minute massage with some Carne Asada spice rub.  I would love to tell you what is in the spice rub, but it came out of a bottle that I found in the pantry of the last house I lived in, and the label is faded and in Spanish.  Something like this will suffice.

Carne Asada Seasoning:

Salt and pepper (black, white, or a combination of the two) form the base of many spice mixtures, including carne asada seasoning. Some recipes recommend Kosher salt, which does not contain additives like iodine, and pepper that has been freshly ground from whole peppercorns. Other common dry ingredients include ground cumin, chili powder or finely ground cayenne pepper, and dried oregano.

Anyway, massage the seasoning into the pork for a couple minutes.

I then pulled out my crock pot, poured in a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, added the pork, put the lid on, turned in on LOW, and forgot about it for 8 – 10 hours, or until I could shred it with a fork. If you dont want to wait 10 hours, you can put your crock pot on high for about 4 hours, but you must check on it to make sure it doesnt overcook.

The rest was even easier.  I shredded some lettuce, took out the bag of shredded cheese,  heated up some re-fried beans (with a little of the pork cooking liquid), steamed some corn tortillas and put together my tacos. 

They were spicy, porky, crunchy, fatty, cheesy, and delightful.

When accompanied by some beverages and a new episode of Game of Thrones, these tacos made my night.