Long time no see. Here’s a recipe for some Mole’ pork.

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
brown sugar
black pepper
garlic powder
paprika
ground red pepper
cayenne pepper
cumin
Ancho chili powder
rubbed pork

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 onion
2 carrots
1/2 celery stalk
1 small jalapeno
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup tomato juice
juice from 1/2 a lime

I put it on low and let it do it’s thang until the meat pulled away easily from the bone, about 4 hours.
pulled pork

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.
mole simmer

Serve as the base for a delicious taco or as I’m doing tonight, on top of black beans and rice with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilanto 🙂
mole pork

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