Slow Cooker Orange Pork Tacos with Broccolini

Slow-Cooker Orange Pork Tacos with Broccolini

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork tacos recipe, slow cooker orange pork
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Energy: 654 kcal
Author: Jennifer Maloney
Delicious, slow cooked orange pork, served in tacos with tender-crisp broccolini, shaved carrots and diced onion. Topped with a delicious jalapeno-orange sauce.
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Ingredients

For the Orange Pork:

  • 4 lb. pork shoulder any bone removed, excess fat trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red-pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 sprig rosemary or 1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Jalapeno Orange Sauce:

  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper seeded and roughly chopped
  • Zest from 1/2 of a medium naval orange
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper

To assemble tacos:

  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup carrot shavings shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 8 small tortillas

For Garnish:

  • 1 small orange cut into wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Generously season pork with salt and pepper and place in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the red-pepper flakes, marmalade, vinegar, rosemary, and garlic. Pour over pork. Cover and cook on low until meat is pull-apart tender, about 8 hours (or cook on medium-high for 3-4 hours).
  2. For the Jalapeno Sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, as necessary. Remove to a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Transfer pork to a large bowl with a slotted spoon and break up ("pull") with two forks. Strain sauce through a fine sieve, discarding solids. Skim fat from surface of sauce (*If you have time, it's easier to spoon off the fat if you place it in the freezer for a bit and let it solidify.) Return sauce to the bowl with the pork.
  4. Steam or microwave the broccolini until tender-crisp.
  5. To assemble tacos: As the "sauce" for the taco is thin, spoon pork on to tortilla using a slotted spoon, so your pork is moist but so that you're not adding too much liquid to the taco. Top pork with broccolini, shaved carrot and diced red onion. Top it all with a dollop of jalapeno sauce. Serve with a garnish of orange slices and additional jalapeno sauce.