This year we’re hosting a Super Bowl party but and we’re taking an international spin with Yucatan style Mexican pulled pork.
The truth is we don’t even care what teams make it to the big show. The real key to a good Super Bowl party is great food, friends and a strong half time show – we’re counting on you Lady Gaga.
I’ve taken on the responsibility for the party as it’s on a Sunday – the day I like to cook for Dave. Although I can never take complete credit for the food as he usually answers all my cooking questions and pops in the kitchen to help finish a dish.
While most Super Bowl food tends to focus on Tex-Mex with an obscene amount of cheese and bacon we wanted to share a Mexican recipe that is big on flavour.
Pork is a staple in Mexican celebrations and they do it so well. Roasting it over an open spit or slow cooking over it is one of the best ways to enjoy it. We don’t have an open spit on our apartment deck but this can be braised in the oven or in a slow cooker.
Like all great braises, this Yucatan style Mexican pulled pork is a great dish that requires minimal effort. There’s nothing worse that a party where the host spends all their time in the kitchen. I adore food from the Yucatan and this is so easy to make and even your pickiest guests will love it.
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Prepare for the meat sweats
The Super Bowl is all about indulging. It’s one time in the year when we forget how miserable it is outside and just enjoy great food and friends. If you’re not in your 20s anymore when you could eat anything it’s time to man up.
Remember the last time food was too good and you couldn’t say no. When over indulging seemed like such fun and then your stomach decided it revolt. There’s no shame in admitting that eating 30 diablo wings wasn’t a good idea. But this time come prepared with Pepto-Bismol for instant relief. You can find it at any local Loblaws, Zehrs, and Real Canadian Super Store store.
We keep Pepto-Bismol at both home and Loka because there’s nothing worse that stomach issues – especially at someone else’s house. We also travel with it because writing guides like 48 Hours of Gluttony in Calgary means overindulgence is likely.
Yucatan Style Mexican Pulled Pork
It’s fantastic prepared ahead of time and can be served on its own, with soft buns to make a torta sandwich or with tortillas and sides so guests can make their own tacos. I also think it would be great on this cheesy garlic party bread.
In Toronto I buy tortillas at La Perola in Kensington Market. If you can find real Mexican tortillas it will take the dish up a notch but if you can only get flour tortillas don’t sweat it.
The traditional cochinita pibil is cooked in banana leaves, which you can do if you want it to be authentic. However, it’s also acceptable to revise the recipe a bit so you can cook it in oven or slow cooker.
The traditional recipe also calls for seville orange juice, which is quite bitter and not widely available. If you don’t have seville oranges (I don’t) substitute with orange juice with lime juice for bitterness. Achiote paste is more difficult to substitute but fortunately it’s inexpensive and you can find it easily on amazon – here’s a great one.
If you like this recipe also check out street food from the Yucatan.