Heyo! I did not die or somehow got eliminated from the face of the earth! I was just having way too much fun to cook anything decent. That, and I also made a bunch of culinary flops not worth sharing. But now I'm back and hopefully to stay. Let's see if I can get my creative juices flowing and cooking again.
A quick back story of why this is "Pulled Pork Al Pastor Style" and not just "Pulled Pork" or "Al Pastor Taco": the boyfriend really likes al pastor tacos but we're trying to eat less carbs because we are getting fat. So I can't make al pastor tacos, I decided to make the al pastor meat anyway but instead of chopping it up in cubes and fry them, I'd just make it pulled pork. I'm a genius, I know.
I used Marc Matsumoto's al pastor recipe for this.
I didn't have achiote paste so I did what my mom would do, I cooked about 1 teaspoon of achiote seeds in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. I wasn't being very careful with the heat so the achiote seeds popped and flew everywhere! Anyway, when it was done boiling, I fished out the seeds and threw them away while keeping the achiote flavored oil.
Cast of Characters:
- Achiote flavored oil
- 2 anchos chilies
- 2 guajillo chilies
- 1/4 onion
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 3 slices of canned pineapple - 2 chipotle chilies with 2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce in the same can
- 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon oregano
Everything got blended into thick paste. The original recipe used fresh pineapples so he did some cooking after this. However, I was using canned pineapple so I didn't cook the paste.