BRAISED COCONUT CHIPOTLE PORK SHOULDER WITH CARROT SLAW

Braised Coconut Chipotle Pork Shoulder
Growing up, we were not allowed to eat anything fun. Namely: no fried food, no red meat, no sugar (sugar cereal was considered particularly vile, though we were allowed a weekly all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae on Sunday–go figure, right?), and–besides an occasional ham dinner at my grandma’s–no pork.

It was glum.
As a reasonably self-aware adult, I now understand that not eating all the delicious things (bacon and more bacon, please?) as a kid was probably a smart move, though perhaps a slightly traumatizing one since a world without these amazing Shredded Beef Tacos is not a world at all.
Braised Coconut Chipotle Pork Shoulder

So.

Imagine my surprise when I graduated college (four distressingly pork-free years), moved to Iowa–AKA, land of Glorious Pig and Corn–and discovered freshly ground pork sausage for the very first time. My friend cooked it into one perfect sausage omelette and I just about wept: How could I have lived in such maddening ignorance all those years? How!? 


Thus was my pork epiphany: it was good. Really good. Which led to a pork enlightenment, including apple cider pork chops, pork carnitas, crispy pork belly, Korean kalbi, and heaps upon heaps of thick-cut bacon.

Braised Coconut Chipotle Pork Shoulder
All of which brings me to this gorgeous, GORGEOUS braised pork. I’ll admit, when I first read the recipe (from Behind the Food Carts’ awesome new cookbook, Food Truck Road Trip) I was a little mystified by the combination of Asian and Latin flavors.I mean, coconut milk and chipotle? It sounded–off. But the more I thought about it, the more it started to sound right. Oh, so very right. And of course it was. Because how can you go wrong with creamy coconut with a little kicky chipotle? Pork is an excellent vehicle for this curry-like meal, though I can see a strong argument for using chicken thighs.

I’m so excited to share this lovely Braised Coconut Chipotle Pork Shoulder on The Collaboreat!

 

And since I’m a grown up now and can eat what I want, here are a few of my very favorite foods (all of which are contenders for my Not Allowed to Eat Whilst I Was Growing Up list):

Herbed Bistro Fries 

(these gorgeous beasts would have been public enemy numero uno in the Scott household)
Herbed Bistro Fries

 

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

(maybe an exception, since my family inhales tacos like they are water)
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Pumpkin Challah Swirled with Chocolate

(definitely counts as “breakfast” nowadays, would never have flown then)
Pumpkin Challah Swirled with Chocolate

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