10 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces pork and 2 tablespoons sauce)
Photo: Kwaku Alston; Styling: Kevin Crafts
1 habanero pepper
3/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 3 large oranges)
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 thyme sprigs
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
How to Make It
Cut habanero in half. Seed one half of pepper, and leave seeds in other half. Mince both pepper halves. Combine minced habanero, orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, minced shallots, and next 5 ingredients (through thyme) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add pork; toss to coat. Cover and chill 12 to 24 hours.
Place pork and marinade in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Remove pork from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid. Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Place a large zip-top plastic bag in a bowl. Pour reserved cooking liquid into bag; let stand 5 minutes. Snip off 1 bottom corner of bag; drain liquid into a medium saucepan, stopping before the fat layer reaches the opening. Discard fat. Set 1/2 cup cooking liquid aside.
Place saucepan with cooking liquid over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 20 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Add sliced shallots, vinegar, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Cover and keep warm.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pork; cook 10 minutes, turning to brown well on all sides. Add reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 4 minutes or until liquid nearly evaporates, stirring occasionally. Place pork in a bowl; pour sauce over pork.
This was delightful! It requires a bit of juggling to keep from using WAY too many pots and pans, but in spite of all the steps in the recipe, this wasn't as labor-intensive as I feared. The pork was very flavorful and very tender. I whipped up the marinade before bed the night before; I discovered halfway through making the marinade that I was out of Dijon mustard, but I used Creole instead and didn't notice a difference. I also omitted all of the habanero seeds as my husband has a sensitivity to overly spicy food, but I did use all of the pepper. It wasn't as spicy as I'd've liked personally, but my husband adored it. I served it with White Rice Pilaf from my CL menu planner mobile app and fresh steamed broccolini. All in all, this was absolutely worth the effort and is something I will make again.
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