Ever make a new recipe and after your first bite think to yourself, “where has this been all my life?” Welcome to my world. This recipe that I adapted from the latest Cooking Light issue is one of those bites. Holy COW!!! or PIG in this case. This recipe is like a socialite at NYFW — it’s light, stylish, packed with ambition, and just sassy enough to be memorable.
To make it my own, I changed a couple of things from the original recipe. First off I used pork instead of beef. Why? Because pulled-pork anything is pretty much the answer to most questions in life. Also — it really does compliment Asian flavors well. Finally, refer to reason #1.
Secondly I used red leaf romaine lettuce instead of bibb for the wraps. Mostly because I was hangry and couldn’t find bibb at the grocery store I was at. But also in hindsight, because it’s healthier!!
Thirdly (is this annoying yet?) I used corn tortillas topped with arugula in addition to lettuce wraps because I have a boyfriend and he’s cute and likes tortillas… A LOT. 🙂
Lastly, the pork & condiments. I rubbed down the pork shoulder I used (2-3lb — bone in) with a mixture of Montreal Steak Seasoning — which is the SHIZ for just about anything you’re going to cook at high heat or for a long period of time — and Chili Garlic Sauce. Some may say — oh no that will make it too spicy for me — nope, nope, nope. Just try it — after cooking it on low for 8 hours that spice just makes every nice.
After I rubbed down the pork, I seared it on all sides locking in the FLAVOR! Then I lay that quickly seared pork on top of 1 chopped red onion, 1 sliced red pepper, and 1 sliced green pepper that I added to the slow cooking process. GREAT decision btw! After everyone was cozy and in their place in the slow-cooker, I topped the pork with about 1/2 cup of Hoisin Garlic Sauce. It’s hard to say this is the magic sauce without sounding super creepy… but DANG this is the magic sauce!! (my favorite brand to use is this Soy Vay brand )
Finally — right before I rolled up those wraps for a quick trip to yum-town, I drizzled Sriracha mayo on top. Yes this will add spice — and yes it was GLORIOUS. You can either make your own (sriracha + mayo) or they sell it bottled in most grocery stores now. PRAISE!
TRY THIS RECIPE IMMEDIATELY. I’m not going to just suggest it nicely this time. This NEEDS to be in your life. You can thank me later…when you’re finished chewing. Oh and for those of you who also noticed summer is coming…this recipe is totally low-carb, gluten free, and under 300 calories per serving (2 lettuce wraps). SNAP!
Check out the official recipe here & let me know what you think below!!