Asian Style Lettuce Wraps

This is going to be a double post on what to do with a cheap pork shoulder.  The first recipe is for asian style lettuce wraps.  We tried to make them into our main course, but after eating 5 of them I was still hungry.  So our recommendation is to use them as an appetizer and cook something a little heavier for the main course

These little guys are a delight to make.  What you’ll need:

  • 1 pork shoulder
  • Sugar and Salt
  • Radishes
  • Anaheim or pepper of your choice
  • Green Onions
  • Lettuce Cups
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

The Sauce – basically a sweet and spicy thing.  Mix these all up well, picture below.

  • Splash of Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic (we used a serrano infused one) But you could add some pepper seeds to add some heat.
  • a couple dashes of Olive Oil (Toasted Sesame oil if ya got it)
  • splash soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove minced

First you’re gonna want to rub that pork shoulder real well with a mixture of about a 1/4 cup salt and a 1/4 cup sugar.  But that depends on the size of your pork. I think ours was about a pound and a half.  Then throw it into a slow cooker if you planned ahead, or in the oven like we did.  We were in a bit of a hurry and so we cooked it on a pan for about an hour on 450 then covered it in the oven and let it cook for another 2.5 hours or so.  Something like that.  Again you’ll have to judge.

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After that’s done shred it up with some forks so it’s nice and lean.  While your meat was cooking, some vegetable prep is always a good idea.  Dice up the radishes, green onion, ginger, and pepper to be added on top of the wraps.

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your sauce should look something like this I guess. We just made it up.

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And then finally lay out those lettuce cups and fill ’em up with those toppings!  Cannot wait to clean our kitchen and be cooking in some nicer conditions.  I’ll follow up on that in the next post with what to do with the remainder of your meat!

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