Taste of Guam: Pigging out on shredded pork tacos

Taste of Guam: Pigging out on shredded pork tacos

by Rueben Olivas
Guam Firehouse Cook

Tacos, the ultimate comfort food. Easy to make, convenient to eat and so delicious you hate to stop eating them. And I was in the mood. What to do??? Pork Butt slow cooked Kalua Pig style. Simple and not a whole lot of work.


Here’s the prep for the pork...

1. Take one whole pork butt, about 3 pounds, and pierce it all over with a large fork like a BBQ fork or carving fork. 

2. Give it a good rub down with sea salt using roughly about 2 1/2 teaspoons. 

3. Next rub it down with approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of Liquid Hickory Smoke. 

4. Place this in your slow cooker (CrocK Pot). 

5. Cook it on the high setting for 4 to 6 hours. Basically until it it fork tender. 

6. If your pork butt is smaller or larger, adjust your seasoning amounts accordingly.


While that is cooking, make your Pico de Gallo Salsa. Here is my favorite recipe. I like to keep it simple.


• 2-3 Roma Tomatoes, diced.

• 1 medium Red Onion, diced.

• 1-2 Jalapeno Chilies, minced. Number of chilies depends on your desired heat level.

• About one cup of loose Cilantro, roughly chopped.

• The juice of one lime.

• Salt to taste.


Mix this up and let sit in the refrigerator so that the flavors blend together nicely.


Once your pork butt is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.


Putting it all together for the taco....


Heat up a corn tortilla and place the desired amount of pork, topped with the shredded cheese of your choice. Then top it with the Pico de Gallo salsa and any other taco condiments that you like, such as shredded lettuce, sour cream, or guacamole. The topping ingredients are endless. Remember, tacos are a style of eating up your leftover food. So experiment and enjoy. Heck, throw it all in. Don’t be shy. Just enjoy yourself....


I would like to thank AlohaFriendsLuau.com for inspiring this Kalua Pig recipe that I used for the taco. For more of their Hawaiian recipes visit their web site at www.alohafriendsluau.com.


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