pork essentials:crispy adobo pork over garlic mash

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Adobo is the national dish of the Philippines, and I have seen it made with pork, chicken, and fish. While I am not trying to replicate an authentic adobo dish, it was the foundation for this recipe. When finished, the pork will be fork tender, and have an amazing rich flavor without being covered with an overpowering sauce. In my opinion, this dish is best served with some garlic mash potatoes. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 4 - 6
prep time 12 Hr
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For pork essentials:crispy adobo pork over garlic mash

  • 2 lb
    pork shoulder, boneless, cut into large cubes
  • 1/2 c
    white rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    tamari sauce
  • 6 - 8 clove
    garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • 1 c
    filtered water
  • 1 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    lard, or grapeseed oil
  • garlic mash potatoes
  • fish sauce

How To Make pork essentials:crispy adobo pork over garlic mash

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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Combine the vinegar, tamari, garlic, and black pepper into a large bowl, or Ziploc bag.
  • 5
    Add the pork and toss.
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    Store in the refrigerator and marinate overnight, or a minimum of 12 hours.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 250f (120c).
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    Place the pork, the marinade, chicken stock, and the water into an ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting lid.
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    Place on the stovetop until the mixture comes up to a simmer.
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    Place in the preheated oven, and bake until the pork is tender, about 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • 13
    Strain the liquid through a sieve, and reserve the pork.
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    Return the liquid to the pot and boil over medium heat until it is reduced to about 1.5 cups, about 20 minutes.
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    Add the lard or grapeseed oil to a sauté pan, and turn the heat up to medium high.
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    Add the pork, and cook until it browns, and begins to crisp, about 8 – 10 minutes.
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    Chef’s Note: If you have a small pan, you may have to cook the pork in batches.
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    Return the pork to the pot, and simmer for 5 minutes.
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    Serve the pork over garlic mash potatoes and lightly drizzle some of the sauce over the top. For an extra flavor level, have some good fish sauce on the side. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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