Pork Al Pastor
1 1/2 pounds pork loin, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch rings
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons ground guajillo or pasillo chile peppers, *see Note
1 whole jalapeno, chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Place pork in large resealable bag.
For marinade, in a blender or food processor, combine three of the pineapple rings, onion, orange juice, vinegar, oil, ground guajillo chili pepper, jalapenos, kosher salt, garlic, oregano, and cumin. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour over pork. Seal bag; turn to coat pork. Marinate in refrigerator for 4 – 24 hours.
Drain pork and discard marinade. For a charcoal grill place five of the pineapple rings and all the pork slices on the rrill rack directly over medium coals. Grill uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes or until the pork is done (160f) and pineapple is browned, turning once half way through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place five of the pineapple rings and all the pork slices on grill racks over heat. Cover and grill as above.) Reserve remaining pineapple for another use.
Transfer grilled pineapple and pork to a cutting board; cut pineapple and pork into 1/2-inch pieces. In a medium bowl, toss together pineapple, pork and cilantro. Makes 5 cups filling.
NOTES- I used pork tenderloin and it melted in my mouth! Also I used ground ancho chili powder and skipped the cilantro (Justin’s not a big cilantro fan). This was SO good!!! It made a lot and I plan to enjoy the leftovers!!
The recipe came from a Better Homes and Garden special interest magazine on Mexican food.