We’re eating slow-roasted pork shoulder that has been marinated with zesty citrus and ginger flavors for over 24 hours. The roasted pork was shredded and served on top of a refreshing jicama, carrot, radish, cucumber, and red onion salad dressed with tangy lemon vinaigrette. Perhaps the best part of the meal was the bowl of pan jus reduction served along side for our dipping pleasure.
A: mmm. I love me some pulled pork…. although it was really the bowl of pan jus for dipping that kicked this meat off.
T: Nowadays I think of pulled pork as “Carnitas Americanas”.
A: for good reason: it’s the same damn cut of pork!
T: yeah, and the way you cooked it made it similarly moist and tender. Although it tasted very different. mmm… I agree, the dipping jus was awesome. It had a nice tanginess to it. AND, it’s really fun to dip. I love dipping.
A: tyler? are you hooked on tobaccy? dipping is bad for you!
T: Now Mandy I’m not much for chewin tobaccy. It’s bad fer yer gums.
A: and we couldn’t have that! back to the meal at hand. if i was rating the pan jus alone i would give it a pretty damn high rating, but for the meal over all… eh, not nearly as high. i thought the meal was great. the salad was refreshing and the pork and jus mega tasty. my main qualm is that they didn’t really go as well together as i may have hoped. the pork was screaming for something bad for you and the healthy salad just wasn’t it. fortunately we had that unphotoed arroz rojo for some carbaliciousness.
T: too bad it was too hideous to even consider photoing 😉 Yeah, I enjoyed the jicama salad, and I enjoyed the meat separately. I give the meal a 4.4/5. A year ago this probably would have gotten a 4.5 or 4.6, but I’ve been spoiled. It was merely a 4.4. What’s your rating?
A: hmm, i think i’m gonna have to give this meal as a whole a rating of 4.25/5. good, but not entirely cohesive… now that pan jus…i give the pan jus (with a little of the citrus marinade in it) a 4.7/5. I seriously could have drunk that shit. it was awesome.
T: The pan jus was the best part of the meal for me too. I might have spooned it to myself, but I think drinking it might be a bit extreme. You might need to checkity check yourself.
A: before i wreckity wreck myself, foo.