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Cowboy Coffee rubbed pork

April 20, 2011
Author Notes

Inspired by a jar of Tommy's coffee rub which I brought back from Texas, I conjured up a spicy, earthy mix of coffee and some of my favourite flavourings.

The mix is great for marinades and in sauces —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Makes 1 portion of rub
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely ground coffee
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or ancho chile powder
  • 1kg pork shoulder
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Combine the sugar, salt, coffee, cardamom, garlic, onion and cayenne powder.
  2. Set 1/2 of the rub aside and rub the other half all over the pork. If its not sufficient, add some more.
  3. Put in a bag and leave to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, but no longer than 24.
  4. After marinating, rinse the shoulder of pork and then place in a baking pan and roast at 130 degrees centigrade, basting every hour with the rendered juices. It should be ready after 4 - 5 hours.
  5. 20 minutes before the end of cooking, make a paste with 1 teaspoon of the coffee rub, mixed with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Add the ketchup and season with tabasco sauce - use that as a baste over the pork.
  6. Let finish cooking and then remove from the oven. Let cool and then shred with two forks. Use as tortilla or taco fillings.

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