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A question about a recipe: Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos


I have a question about the recipe "Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos" from merrill. Can I substitute a pork loin roast for the pork shoulder here?

asked by fitsxarts about 3 years ago
3 answers 26116 views

trampledbygeese is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

It looks like the recipe helps a lot to have a bit of fat in the meat. The recipe even goes so far as to describe the meat as 'not to lean'. Pork loin tends to be very lean.

If I wanted to use pork loin instead of shoulder in this recipe, I would add about 3 or 5 rashers (slices for those of you in the US) of bacon, chopped, and then use less salt.

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 3 years ago

You can, yes, but you'll definitely want to cook it for less time, since loin is leaner than shoulder and could get tough. I'd check the meat frequently for tenderness and stop cooking it when you like the texture.