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Smoky Pork Chile Verde


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  • Rub:
  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 2 tsp pure chile powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder, 4 to 4-1/2 pounds, trimmed of excess surface fat
  • 8 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 can (7 oz) chopped green chiles with liquid
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup dark Mexican beer
  • 2 handfuls hickory wood chips, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups steamed white rice
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime, cut into eighths


Servings 1
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Step 1

1. In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients. Coat the pork on all sides with the rub, massaging the spices into the meat. Let the pork sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling.
2. In a food processor or blender, puree the tomatillos, canned chiles, garlic, onion, oregano, and beer.
3. Drain the hickory chips and scatter tem over the two piles of charcoal. Brush the cooking grate clean. When the chips start to smoke, place the pork in the center of the cooking grate, close the lid, and smoke-roast the pork over indirect low heat for 30 minutes.
4. Remove the pork from the grill and immediately close the lid to maintain the temperature. Place the port in a 9 x 13 inch, heavy-duty foil pan. Pour the tomatillo mixture around the port so it comes up the sides of the pork by 1 inch or so. Tightly seal the pan with foil, and place the pan in the center of the cooking grate. Cook the port over indirect low heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 190 degrees and the meat is so tender that it tears easily with a fork, 2 to 3 hours, depending on how steady the temperature is.
5. When the pork is fully cooked, carefully remove the pan from the grill. Unwrap the pork (be careful of the steam) and transfer it to a cutting board. Chop the pork into 1/2-inch chunks and shreds, discarding any large pieces fat or tough pieces of meat. Pour the pan liquid into a large saucepan and spoon off most of the surface fat. Add the shredded meat and simmer the mixture uncovered for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Season with the cilantro, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste. The chile verde may be made up to this point 1 day ahead of serving and refrigerated overnight. Warm the chile verde over a slow simmer before serving.
6. Serve the chile verde warm in bowls with steamed rice. Pass the sour cream, lime wedges, and a bottle of Tabasco.

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