On Friday we have a pot luck at work. Tacos or Mexican whatever but I wanted something more than taco hamburger meat so I had a nice 5 pound pork butt in the freezer ready for a little action.
Most of the recipes I found had some similarities, a citrus juice, garlic and cumin.
I brined the pork roast overnight in the fridge after it thawed in a basic 1/4 c salt to 4 cup water brine.
I put a good glug of orange juice in the crock pot along with 2 medium onions cut into petals, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, a jalapeno and the juice from 2 limes.
I made a rub of 1 teaspoon oregano, 2 teaspoons of cumin and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and rubbed the roast before placing the pot, fat side up. I set the pot to low for 10 hours and left for work.
The roast was falling apart tender when I came home so I picked the fat off and shredded the meat.
I tasted the drippings and removed some of the fat. they were awful and a little bitter, so I added a cup of them to a sauce pan with more orange juice, salt and about 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to offset the bitterness from the juice. A bit more oregano, chili flakes and chipotle powder rounded out the flavor and took off the bitter edge. I poured this over the meat again.
Normally I would 'fry' a bit of this in a skillet to color it before serving but as is will be fine for Friday.