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Slow Roasted Pork Tortillas

Slow Roasted Pork Tortillas

Are you ready for the weekend? I have a real bad case of the Tuesdays and need something delicious to look forward to get me over to the weekend. Delicious slow roasted pork tenderloins with caramelized onions, spices, that are fall apart tender are the perfect cure for a bad case of the Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or even the Thursdays.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

I serve my my make ahead slow roasted pork tortillas with homemade gluten-free barbecue sauce, colorful cabbage slaw in a tortilla (flour tortilla shown here but I also used gluten free soft and hard corn tortillas shells but teenagers inhaled those tasty creations before I had a chance to catch that on photo) and garnished with chopped cilantro. Now just add some friends, margaritas and fiesta music and we are ready for a fun gathering.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

Spring is the time of the year when you actually might see your neighbors again after being snowed in for the last 8 months. Here in Asia, we are no longer threatened by typhoons and the rain seems to be subsiding. It is spring clean up time and people are in their yards doing that whole home improvement thing, working on their plants and gardening or taking their dogs or kids out for a walk. A great opportunity to reconnect with neighbors and friends after a long winter hibernation and host a super easy gathering.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

I love this slow roasted pork tortillas dish as you can make everything in advance and enjoy your guests. As everything is done in advance, all you have to make at the last-minute are the mojitos, margaritas, or maybe a tropical Shirley temple for the kids. However, my favorite reason is that these slow roasted pork tortillas are finger licking good and have bright and beautiful colors.  I actually think the flavors are even better the next day after the flavors have mingled.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

I know many of you might panic when you take a look at the length of the ingredient list. Please don't panic as this dish is really simple. Please note that this recipe is for a full and complete meal including the pull apart pork, cabbage slaw and BBQ sauce and all the garnishes. In addition I have to make everything from scratch, even the ketchup, as I can't find a lot of gluten-free products in Hong Kong.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

You can easily adapt the recipe to accommodate food allergies or dietary requirements. For example I substituted gluten-free chicken broth for the beer. I make my BBQ sauce diabetic friendly and gluten-free and the other people don't even notice or care. I leave everything separately so that people can decide what they want on their tortilla. I do not even mix in the BBQ sauce into the pork this way maybe guests do not want make a tortilla but instead make a beautiful coleslaw salad with pull apart pork for a great low carb meal. I have gluten-free corn wraps, flour tortillas and even hard tacos for the teenagers.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

Making your own plates keeps the mood light, fun and easy to adapt for any dietary need. Last minute announcement that there is a vegetarian in the group?  No worries, just heat up some black beans with some tex mex spices and you're in business. I like to bring everything out in little bowls into the middle of the table and let everyone make their own tortilla and just have fun.

I think having a theme for a gathering always sets the stage for a perfect evening. Todays theme is Tex mex and all the fun that comes to your mind when you imagine the flavors and festivities of this cuisine. I am not one of those overly fussy hosts that have the perfectly pressed linen napkins, silver spoons and fine China plates (actually I do not even own any of these things)  As a matter of fact, the more casual the better, especially when hosting guests for the first time.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

I want my guests to feel comfortable, like family. After all they are not coming to a restaurant, they are coming to my home. If we wanted fine linen napkins and butlers waiting on you hand and foot then go to that 3 star Michelin restaurant. I want my guests to feel happy, relaxed, and enjoy some delicious easy meals together. I think some of the worst experience I have had when I have gone to other homes for a gathering is that I don't see the cook or hostess almost all evening as he/ she is trapped in the kitchen and won't allow me to at least lend them a hand.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

While the overwhelmed host is buzzing to the kitchen, we try to socialize with younger children and very shy husband who has never met us before. There are periods of long uncomfortable pauses in the conversation. The kids whom I have never met before start getting antsy so I head off to find some board games and play legos with the kids while the 2 strangers, the husbands who have never met each other, drink lots of wine in hope that this uncomfortable situation will pass soon.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

I always try to make dishes that can be made ahead or at least some of them. However on some special occasions, depending on my guests, I might decide to serve Asian food, last-minute Italian dishes or any type of menu in which I need to make several dishes that need to be prepared at the last-minute. My motto is, "If I have to spend the time in the kitchen preparing last-minute dishes, so do all my guests." Oh my word, do we have fun!

I chop everything, prepare all the ingredients before their arrival. I make sure they have a drink in hand, apron on, and I put them right to work in Bam's Kitchen. I also have some little stools in my kitchen if they just want to chat, watch and of course catch a few photos for Bam's Kitchen. Little did my guests know they were going to be cooking their own meal, with me guiding them along the way. This is a great way to build friendships.

Slow Roasted Pork Tortilllas

I think my guests are really proud of their creations that we all sit down together to eat. I have had total strangers cook their own meal and then take several photos before helping me bring it out to the main table. (wink wink... I wonder where they learned this?) Cooking should be fun and the host should feel comfortable cooking in front of others while socializing for this method to work. If not, stick to plan A and make something like my slow roasted pork tortillas or any main dish that you can prepare in advance of your guests arrival and enjoy your gathering.

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Slow Roasted Pork Tortillas

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April 16, 2013

Slow roasted pork with caramelized onions, herbs served with homemade barbecue sauce, colorful cabbage slaw in a tortilla and garnished with chopped cilantro.

  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yields: 6 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

pork tenderloin - 2 whole

paprika - 1 teaspoon

chili powder - 1 1/2 tablespoons (1/2 tablespoon for dry rub and 1 tablespoon for BBQ sauce)

cajun seasoning - 1 teaspoon(optional if you don't like the heat)

cumin - 1 teaspoon for dry rub and 1/2 teaspoon for cabbage salad

garlic powder - 1 teaspoon

salt and pepper - to taste

olive oil - 2 tablespoon (1 tablespoon to brown the pork and one tablespoon for the BBQ sauce)

onion - 1 and 1/2 small onion chopped (1 onion for roasted pork and 1/2 onion for BBQ sauce)

beer - 1 (12 ounce) can/bottle (if gluten free substitute with 12 ounces of gluten free chicken broth)

garlic - 2 cloves minced

tomato paste - 6 ounces (you can substitute with gluten free ketchup but then don't add water and may need less sugar)

water - 1 cups

apple vinegar - 1/4 cup

sugar or sugar alternative - 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup (sugar alternatives, agave, honey, stevia, coconut sugar or whatever you diet allows and you prefer) If you like your BBQ zesty then add less sugar if you like it sweeter then add more.

lemon zest - 1/2 teaspoon

paprika - 1 teaspoon

cayenne - 1/2 teaspoon or personal hotness level

molasses - 2 tablespoons (hold for diabetics)

tamari (soy) sauce - 2 tablespoons

cabbage - 1 medium head or about 6 cups thinly sliced

yellow bell pepper - 1 thinly sliced

cucumber - 1 medium sized Jerusalem cucumber sliced thinly

rice vinegar - 1/4 cup

olive oil - 3/4

sugar or sugar alternative - 2 tablespoons or to taste

salt and black pepper - to taste

cilantro - large bunch roughly chopped for garnish

flour tortillas (soft corn or gluten free tortillas) - At least 16- 24 tortillas, I have enough to feed a hungry crew of 6 with starving teenagers. I also used some corn tortilla hard shells

black beans - 1 can mixed with a little cumin and cajun seasoning (optional garnish)

cheese - cheddar or Cotija Cheese (optional garnish)

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or 148 degrees C.

2Wash and pat dry your pork tenderloins. In a small bowl combine paprika, 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, cajun seasonings, 1 tsp cumin, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Spread the dry rub all over your pork tenderloins on all sides. (I put my pork tenderloins in a zip lock bag with the seasoning and shook the bag) If you want to let the flavors to have a chance to mingle you can pop this in the refrigerator at this point up to 24 hours in advance. If pressed on time, just proceed on to step 3 immediately.

3Place a little olive oil in a pan or dutch oven and let it get hot. Sear the pork tenderloin on all sides just to get some color and flavor. Remove pork tenderloins and set aside.

4Place 1 chopped onion in the pan (reserve part of onion for the BBQ sauce) that you seared the pork in and cook until slightly softened. Add beer (or gluten free chicken broth). Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen all the tasty bit on the bottom of the pan.

5If using a dutch oven,  put the pork in with the juices directly in the pan and cover with the lid. If you are like me and not have a dutch oven, but really hoping Santa Claus brings one for Christmas one day, relocate your pork and all those delicious juices into an oven proof dish.  Pop it in the oven, covered, for about 3-4 hours. During the last hour of cooking remove the cover and baste the pork with those tasty juices. The cook time will vary depending on the size of the tenderloin. The general rule of thumb is that it will take 1 – 1 1/2 hours for every pound of meat. The pork is cooked when it shreds easily with a fork. (You can also cook in the slow cooker before you head off to work pop it in the slow cooker and put on low heat and when you get home it will be perfectly done.) Keep warm.

6Make the barbecue sauce: In a small pot place a little olive oil, the rest of the onions and garlic and saute until caramelized. Add tomato paste, water, vinegar, sugar alternative, lemon zest, paprika, cayenne, molasses, tamari and salt and pepper to taste. If you are not gluten intolerant, you can swap out the tomato paste and water out for 1.5 cups of ketchup. If you are diabetic, hold the molasses. Cook over low heat over 15 minutes just until thick and delicious. Taste test. If you like it more zesty add more vinegar or lemon juice. If you like it sweeter, than add more sugar. Remove from heat and set aside or place in the refrigerator until your guests arrive. (This can be made up to a week in advance)

7Make the cabbage Slaw: Place the shredded purple cabbage (can use green cabbage), sliced peppers, cucumbers, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 3/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons sugar alternative, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Set aside in refrigerator. (This can be made up to 12 hours in advance)

8Prepare for your guests:

9a) Prepare the garnishes: chop the cilantro, shred your cheeses and mix your black beans and place in little serving bowls (All optional)

10b) Reheat your BBQ sauce and place in a serving dish.

11c) Place your tortillas in the oven on a baking tray to heat up for about 5-10 minutes on 375 degrees or just until warm.

12d) Shred your pork with 2 forks into bite sized pieces. Place on a serving dish.

13e) Place your cabbage slaw in a serving dish.

14f) Greet your guests with a majito , corona, margarita or virgin fruity Shirley temple for the kids and have fun.

15g) Demonstrate to your guest how to create their own personalized Slow roasted pork tortilla. Have them choose a tortilla of preference, put on a little pulled pork, top off with BBQ sauce, cabbage slaw, cilantro and any other topping they wish.

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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Oh my goodness –that looks amazing! I’m having my morning coffee right now but I can have this for breakfast. 😉 Lovely post Bobbi!

  • I think the ingredients are amazing. Looks tasty 🙂

  • Abbie

    Yum, yum! Can’t wait to try this out!

  • Absolutely heavenly! Would it be wrong to have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner? I am such a piggy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • Hotly Spiced

    Doesn’t Spring give you a great energy boost! I love that first image of your tortillas. And yes, teenagers are renowned for gobbling up everything you need in your kitchen – it’s the great disappearing act. I love the look of this pork tenderloin recipe xx

  • Jo

    These look amazing! I think cooking together with friends is a FABULOUS idea!! Teenagers are strange…some days you can’t keep The Girl full, others she won’t eat anything, go figure! I want a bite of your Pork Tortillas…xo

  • I love the color of the cabbage in this! Gorgeous. And I’ll bet the flavor of this is gorgeous, too. I love Mexican, Tex-Mex, New Mexican, and Southwestern food (have I covered all the Mexican derivatives?), particularly anything with pork. This looks like an A+ recipe. Really nice, and so pretty! Thanks.

  • I agree with John! The colour of the cabbage is what caught my eye too! Lovely colours and flavours, bet they tasted great.
    I don’t like to have last minute dishes. I try and finish everything before my guests arrive because honestly, they want to help but it takes longer to explain then to just do it myself!

    Nazneen

  • I will definitely be making these – especially because I can make them so easily gluten free – thanks for a great recipe!!!

  • I find slow roasted pork to be so useful for so many recipes. Even though it might take hours, the oven does the work, and the result is so amazing. This tacos look amazing! So colorful and juicy. Love this recipe!

  • Yummy! Looks delicioud and perfect for guests, and a hungry teenager! I love how you included ways to incorporate your own dietary needs. Sometimes we forget to tweak a recipe to our preference. Margarita on the rocks for me 🙂

  • Your photos are just mouthwatering, Bam! I love to put guests to work in the kitchen too. I find it makes everyone more comfortable because they’ve got something to do other than meeting the other party guests. I would love these for dinner this weekend!

  • Love to eat foods in tortialla and these look super yummy!

  • Your wraps wonderful and I love the way it is easy to adapt to everyone’s needs! Perfect when hosting for a crowd!

  • Very tasty looking dish Bam. It’s only Tuesday and looking forward to the weekend already.

  • That looks seriously good! I like the colorful touch of slaw!

  • Mmmmm looks out-of-the-world amazing! Awesome!

  • Eha

    Love the fun in this dish! That cabbage really does look a treat and I would probably just pile it on the plate and add the pork and trimmings . . .have no gluten or carb problems, but just the filling would do 🙂 ! Friends in the kitchen: yes, always, but to talk not to help!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eha, I hope you are doing well. Actually the rainbow cabbage slaw and pork is a really nice salad even if you do not have dietary restrictions. This dish is even better the day after. Not that I ever have lots of leftovers with hungry teenage boys…(I swear my teenagers are like hoover vacuum cleaners and inhale everything in sight)

  • Yum, looks so good BAM! I love cabbage slaw in tacos/burritos/fajitas, or whatever you want to call them – so bright and crunchy. The pulled pork looks fantastic – your lucky guests!

  • Your pork looks tender and juicy!

  • Hi bam, am back! Catching up on your posts..

    This looks delicious. I find that tortilla/wraps are fantastic food to put together for a quick meal. love how your slow roasted pork looks..Yum!!

  • Aoife

    Love your attitude to entertaining Bam, we’ve guests this weekend and I’m already stressing about it. Think I might take some of your Mexican-inspired, laid-back deliciousness to heart!

  • I seem to need to pin all your recipes!! The always look so mouth-wateringly delicious!! I can’t wait to try this one 🙂

  • Buona Notte, BAM! I pinned this post just after seeing your first photo. Pulled pork is good; it’s the sauce that makes it great. Your sauce would definitely qualify. I, too, make my own ketchup and enjoy using it in barbecue sauces. I’m sure it will do well here, too. I especially like the idea of using your slaw rather than shredded lettuce. WIth so many good qualities, these wraps look too good not to give them a try — and I’m much more a sandwich kinda guy. This was a great post, BAM, good enough to get this sammich eater to dream about eating wraps. 🙂

  • Slow cooked meats are a favorite around here, especially when it comes In a tortilla! I like your combo of seasonings, thank you for sharing 😉

  • That pork must be so tender!

  • These slow cooker pork looks great with the sauce and purple vegetable.

  • oh…one of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker is the pulled pork! Your roasted pork tortillas are looking wonderful!

  • What a beautiful coloured dish. And so perfectly wrapped – I guess my tortillas would just look like wrinkled bed sheets after someone just got up. Love it.

  • I always like the crunch of cabbage or other vegetables with tender pulled pork. Your guests have to enjoy being invited to your home.

  • Love the color of your cabbage slaw. Also love the texture contrast between the slaw and pork, looks so delicious.

  • Taste, texture, color—you’ve touched all the bases, BAM. Plus, you engage your guests in the process. What fun it must be cooking in your kitchen.

  • The pork looks amazing, Bobbi! I can just imagine the fork pulling away the tender, delicious meat… so good!

  • Love this dish! Looks so bright, mouthwatering and it would be the perfect fun meal to eat with friends. I have a case of the Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I am so ready for a good vacation on of these days.

  • Ah, after the horror of Monday’s Marathon I needed something to focus on & have just put this in the oven. So far it smells delicious – I’ll let you know the final results tonight.

  • Dear BAM,

    That slow roasted pork looks absolutely like heaven with those strands of succulent meat, thanks for sharing an awesome looking recipe!

  • Hi BAM! I ordered something very similar at a popular restaurant recently and I have to say yours look better! Nicely done. I know we would all enjoy these here and I like that you can make it all ahead of time! 🙂 And what a great idea to cook all together. I love having guests in the kitchen with drinks in hand…makes for a fun evening!

  • My hubby would adore this dish:)

  • Hey, Bam!!! These look awesome!! I love pork tacos– and the slaw looks delicious!! The ingredient list is simple and the instructions are ON POINT. Totally thorough. I was looking for your BBQ sauce recipe and found it right off –and you even included simple modifications!! The “paper” looks great– what recipe plugin are you using?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Heather, Thanks for your very kind words. I am all about recipe modifications as every meal time in our family is always built around dietary restrictions, lack of supplies living in Asia but still trying to make some delicious meals that even teenagers will enjoy. My recipe page is not a plugin but instead is included as part of the “Cooking Press Theme.” This recipe theme allows each of the ingredients I type in to be found in the advanced search functionality. Readers can look for recipes on my site by ingredient, category, allergy restriction and even ingredients they want to exclude. Take a minute to look at the advanced search function. Take care, BAM

  • I absolutely love a crunchy slaw like that on a taco of any kind. looks great!

  • Wow! So many rich flavors in this slow-roasted pork tortillas. This is perfect for a family meal or a friends’ get-together. Thanks for sharing & the nice blog-visit, Bam! Happy weekend !

  • Wow lots of flavor in this, looks like a really great recipe! Going to pin it now so i dont forget about it 😛

  • Oh shame on me. i have not been over for ages and you have changed your format and everything. this is so beautiful. and your food is even tastier if that is possible.. have a glorious spring day! c

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks for stopping by Cecilia. Wishing you and all of our farm fiends a glorious spring day.

  • Liz

    Perfect weekend meal….definitely worth getting out all the ingredients, and popping this in the oven and smelling the amazing aroma as dinner time approached! And they make a beautiful presentation…so enticing, my friend.

  • Haha, I am so ready for the weekend. And this looks like the perfect weekend dinner, yum!

  • Although the ingredient list is long, I don’t mind, as I am pretty sure that this is going to rock in any party! Lovely recipe and the pork looks so succulent. I know, there are not many gluten-free products in HK, but the idea of replacing the beer in the recipe with chicken broth, is great! I love to prepare my food in advance when my guests are coming over. So this is going to be MY kind of recipe for the next party! Thanks!! (Oh, and the Vegetarian version sounds fab too!)

  • Sounds like you have the fixings for a party on your hands! I would be thrilled to get black beans with those seasonings and veggie accompaniments. I love how you’ve thought of everything and made it an all-inclusive dish like that. 🙂

  • I was just at a dinner party where the catered food was terrible. I was handed a little paper plate with a blah colored tortilla on it. Bless her heart, I don’t think she’ll do well in her new business. I will tell her to visit your blog (if I do I’ll let you know so you can delete my comment, lol). The colors here are pretty and inviting and what a great way to involve your guests! If you had a cooking school, Bam, I’d hop on a plane! xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Awww… thanks Smidge! You made my day! Just come and visit me in HK I will make dinner and you can spoil my teenagers with some of your delicious baked goods. Have a great holiday. BAM

  • I love the colour of that coleslaw ! And I love how you can make your own and personalise your meal to your own liking !

  • I’d be eating way too much if this is served. I love slow roasted pork – the meat comes off and so moist…. I’d love to roll it up with tortilla and eat it! Delicious!

  • This looks so great, BAM and I’ve bookmarked it for an upcoming gathering we’ll be having in May, it would be perfect. I’ll bet your guests had a blast and left with big grins on their faces and BBQ sauce on their chinny chin chins! 🙂

  • I love your serving suggestion…I have a 10 year old son, is that what I have to look forward to? 😉 These look and sound fantastic 🙂

  • Hi Bam,
    Bookmarking this one. Love tacos and plan to make these soon!

  • This sounds like a great meal for summer!

  • These look pretty, tasty…and pretty tasty!

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