I got a sweet deal on some country style pork loin ribs. $3.27 for 2 pounds, to be exact. As I was thinking about what to do with them, I remembered that my mom gave me this black cocoa powder a while back. A plan was born. Mole’!
I made a rub, rubbed the meat with it, seared it on all sides in a hot pan with olive oil, then threw it in the crock pot. Here’s the rub recipe:
The only thing I measured was the black cocoa powder, so it’s in order from most to least
1 tbsp black cocoa powder (use regular if you can’t find it or mix regular with some espresso grounds)
Kosher sea salt
ground red pepper
Ancho chili powder
After I threw the meat in the crock pot , I deglazed the pan with an entire beer (I used Abita Strawberry but use whatever’s in your fridge), let it reduce a little, then poured it over the meat in the crock pot. Then I threw in all the veggies and other stuff.
Here’s the other stuff (don’t worry about cutting them up all pretty cause’ they’re goin’ in a blender later)
1/2 celery stalk
1 small jalapeno
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup tomato juice
juice from 1/2 a lime
Take the meat out and set aside. Pour all the delicious juices and veggies into a blender or food processor. Add 2 tbsp of peanut butter and a palm full of raisins to the mix. Blend untill all saucy like. “Pull” the pork with a fork. Take off and throw away any giant pieces of fat and cartilage. Put the pulled pork and sauce back into the crock pot on low for another hour.