For anyone who is looking for an absolutely mind-blowing pork dish, this is it! The best part is that it couldn’t be easier to make since it goes right in the crock-pot! I have made this meal more times than I can count for guests and family and it has never disappointed. You can find this recipe in Sarah Fragoso’s amazing cookbook Everyday Paleo. I know I have been in love ever since!
I did modify the ingredients a bit to suit my tastes. I have never been a big fan of coriander or chili powder, and I rarely have chipotle seasoning on hand, so upon the recommendation of a friend who loves this dish too, I omitted the coriander and reduced the chile powder to 2 tablespoons. I added a tablespoon of cinnamon instead and YUM!!!
Point to note: there was a study done by The Weston A. Price foundation showing that pork can negatively affect human blood composition if not marinated properly in an acidic medium. Since I am a big fan of traditional foods, I usually err on the side of caution, and in this case, prepare a marinade that works like charm:
The juice of 2 oranges
The juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of mustard
1/4 cup of maple syrup
I whisk the ingredients all together and pour in a bag over the pork to marinate overnight.
For the root vegetables, all I did was peel and cut up 2 sweet potatoes, 2 parsnips, 1 rutabega, 2 golden beets and an onion and added sea salt, pepper and olive oil. I put it all in the oven and cooked it for about an hour. I found the root veggies to be a lovely compliment to the pork and had enough leftovers for 2 lunches, which couldn’t have delighted me more 🙂