Pulled pork adobo

Pulled pork adobo

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This incredibly easy pork recipe yields a super-impressive dish that will feed – and impress – a crowd. You can also use pork belly, pork shoulder – or any other slow-cooking cut. The sweet, sour, umami-rich adobo sauce is the highlight here: vinegar is balanced out with sugar and soya sauce, with garlic, bay leaves and whole peppercorns to add depth.


  • 2 T canola oil
  • 2.5 kg pork rump
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup soya sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • For the rice salad:
  • 2 g grapefruit, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 15 g coriander, roughly chopped
  • 15 g mint, roughly chopped
  • 15 T parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 4 rice wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups jasmine rice

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.

2. Heat the canola oil in a large saucepan and sear the pork for 3–5 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan.

3. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.

4. Add the peppercorns, bay leaves, vinegar, water, soya sauce and brown sugar.

5. Return the pork to the pan, cover with a lid, transfer to the oven and cook for 2 hours.

6. Remove from the oven, and using two forks, pull the meat into chunks.

7 To make the rice salad, cool the rice. Add the grapefruit, coriander, mint, parsley, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar then toss and season to taste.

8. Serve the pulled pork on the rice salad, with plenty of sauce spooned over the top.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Food assistant: Ivan Masiyazi

Keletso Motau Recipe by: Keletso Motau
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Keletso Motau is a TASTETube presenter and stylist who has worked with TASTE since 2017. He loves developing dessert recipes and his all-time favourite food is Lamb Curry. Follow him on Instagram: @keletso.motau.

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