I was recently selected to participate in a challenge put on by Foodbuzz and New Belgium Brewing. The goal: to create a recipe that incorporates a New Belgium beer or pairs well with one. In return, I would receive a $50 stipend to buy beer and ingredients (yes!) and the opportunity to connect with New Belgium’s many, many Facebook fans (double yes!) if the company likes my recipe well enough to post it. I was especially excited about this challenge because Dr. O and I have been huge fans of New Belgium for years. Since we live in Denver, we’ve even been able to make a trip up to Ft. Collins to visit the brewery.
To honor my hubby’s favorite (classic Fat Tire), I decided to build on a pulled pork taco recipe that I developed for a friend’s party last year. Here it is:
Fat Tire Pulled Pork Tacos
Serves 4 – 6
3 1/2-pound pork shoulder roast, trimmed of excess fat
1 cup Fat Tire (drink the rest!)
1 small onion, peeled and cut into thick wedges
1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Tortillas or taco shells
In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine beer, onion, serrano pepper, garlic, and bay leaf. Cut pork roast in half and add to the slow cooker. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the pork. Cook on low heat for 8 hours (or high heat for 6 hours).
Transfer pork from the slow cooker to a large bowl. Cover to keep warm.
Skim fat from the top of the slow cooker juices (or pour juices into a fat separator). Strain juices into a medium saucepan (discard solids) and cook over medium-high heat until reduced by half (about 5 to 7 minutes).
Meanwhile, shred pork with two forks. Discard any obvious pieces of fat. Pour reduced slow cooker juices over the shredded pork and toss to combine. Season to taste with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.
Serve pork in tortillas or taco shells with your favorite salsa, sliced avocado, and queso fresco. Enjoy with Fat Tire, of course!
This recipe produces great results. The meat comes out tender, moist, and flavorful, and the accompaniments round out the dish nicely. Fat Tire and tacos are a match made in heaven. Give them a try!