Lunchbreak: Bourbon glazed, smoked pork shoulder tacos prepared by The Signature Room chef Cardel Reid

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Chef Cardel Reid

The Signature Room
875 N. Michigan Avenue
(312) 787-9596

Chef Cardel will be serving these tacos at Baconfest - the lunch session on Saturday, April 1.

Bourbon Glazed, Smoked Pork Shoulder Tacos

1 pork shoulder
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 oz onion, medium dice
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 oz canola oil
6 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz brown sugar
4 oz orange juice
10 oz pork stock
1 bay leaf
6 all spice
1 oz salt

In a sauce pot, saute onion, garlic, fennel, bay leaf, all spice, and thyme in canola oil (a little color is ok). Add bourbon and cook off the liquid, add brown sugar and orange juice and reduce by half, then add pork stock and the pork shoulder. Wrap with foil and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Let it cool, then pull apart meat and reserve.

Pineapple, Black Bean, and Jalapeno Pico de Gallo

1 oz (2 Tbs) red onion
1/4 tsp garlic, minced
6 oz (3/4 cup) pineapple, grilled and diced
4 oz black beans
1 tsp jalapeno
1/2 oz (1 Tbs) radish, julienne
1 oz (2 Tbs) tomato
2 oz (4 Tbs) avocado
2 tsp cilantro
1 oz (2 Tbs) green onion, grilled and chopped
juice and zest of one lime

Cook black beans, let cool in its liquid then poor off and put aside. Finely dice red onion, grilled pineapple, jalapeno, tomato, avocado, and green onion. Mix everything in a bowl, and then add the minced garlic, lime juice and zest, cilantro, and radish. Season with salt and pepper to taste and reserve in refrigerator.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

2 oz (4 Tbs) yellow onion
4 cloves garlic
2 jalapenos
1 tomatillo
1/2 oz canola oil

Dice onion, jalapeno, and tomatillo and toss with canola oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Put on a baking sheet and roast in oven to get a little color. Remove from oven and let cool, then blend for a few seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stuff smoked pork into corn or flour tortillas, top with roasted tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, cilantro, and bits of Nueske’s Applewood smoked bacon.



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