I realize that I am shamefully late to call this a Cinco de Mayo post, and if I were organized I would've posted it like two weeks ago. But this is actually what we ate on the 5th of May so you'll just have to go with it. To be honest Cinco de Mayo is not something we really celebrate here in the UK...whilst I was seeing all of my American friends post their wild Cinco antics on facebook, the holiday sorta slipped by unnoticed here. Jamie and I raised a Corona or two with friends, and in the spirit of being forthcoming, we only decided on pulled pork tacos because the picnic we had planned was rained out. And it just so happened to be the 5th of May.
For our wedding Jamie and I had a hog roast for the 2nd round of evening grub and well lets just say that by the time the hog was served the bar had been well and truly seen to, and mostly everyone was too drunk to eat. So the day after the wedding we took home 2 pork shoulders to freeze, score! All of our friends and family were around the day following the wedding and since it was the first day of the football season we put on a huge feast, well, my Mom put on a huge feast because I couldn't actually focus on anything other than the fact that I had just got MARRIED. That day we had pulled pork sandwiches...and in the weeks following the wedding we had the best pulled pork tacos from the leftover pork shoulder so this food reminds me of my wedding and for that I will never ever tire of eating it. I guess you could say, I could eat it til' the pigs come home. Sorry. I couldn't resist.
We received a slow cooker as one of our wedding gifts and it is the BOMB culinary appliance. I love it. Jamie does a lot of the "regular" meat cooking in the house, he grills the steak, he makes the hamburgers, he does the roast dinner. But me? I use the slow cooker. I love a few minutes of calculated preparation and with the six or more hours of cooking time I can do things like nap, bake cupcakes, read magazines, wash hair, paint toenails, do facials, re-organize my shoes, do some online shopping, or even some real shopping. I think I've made my point anyway. If you don't have one, get a slow cooker. Your fingernails will thank you.
As for this pork recipe, it is actually one of the easiest and most satisfying things to put on the table and here's why:
1. It takes less than 10 minutes of prep.
2. The slow cooker does all of the work and the final result tastes like you've slaved away for days.
3. You can easily adapt it to what you've got in your cupboards.
4. It's a cheap way to feed your friends.
5. Everybody loves tacos. And everybody loves finger food.
6. No more than 10 MINUTES prep. Get it?