Slow Grilled Ancho Rubbed Pork

This recipe is sized for the home cook. On the show in Dallas we cooked a large amount of pork using a Caja China roasting box. Information on them can be obtained at lacajachina.com.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 7 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 6 hr
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

For the ancho rub:

3 ancho chiles, seeded and hand-torn into pieces

1/4 cup chili powder

2 tablespoons ground coriander

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (5 to 7 pound) pork shoulder, skin on

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Spicy Garlic-Lime Drizzling Sauce:

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 jalapenos, chopped

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped

2 limes, juiced

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. For the spice rub: Toast the ancho chile pieces over low heat in a dry skillet until fragrant, shaking the pan so they don't scorch. Put the chiles in spice grinder and pulse to a powder. Add the remaining ingredients and buzz again to combine. (Reserve some to sprinkle on the corn.)
  2. For the pork: Rub the spice mix into the pork and set aside for 1 hour while you prepare the grill. (You can marinate the pork longer under refrigeration, just make sure to bring it to room temperature before cooking it.) Light the coals in a barbecue grill with a cover. When the coals are hot, push them to 1 side of the grill. Rub the pork with some olive oil and season it liberally with salt. Put the pork on the grill away from the coals and place a drip pan underneath the meat. Close the cover and cook, maintaining a medium low temperature, for about 4 to 6 hours, or until the meat shreds easily. Turn the meat occasionally and baste with the drippings.
  3. For the drizzling sauce: Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth; taste and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over the shredded pork.

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