Vietnamese Pork

Vietnamese Pork
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Slow Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 fresh jalapeño chile peppers*

  • 1 2.5 pound boneless pork shoulder roast

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas, warmed**

  • 4 cup mesclun mix

  • 1 cup halved cucumber slices

  • 1 recipe Pickled Carrots

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

Pickled Carrots

  • ½ cup warm water

  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 medium carrots, cut into thin bite-size strips


  1. Cut one of the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Thinly slice the remaining jalapeño pepper; wrap and chill sliced pepper until ready to serve.

  2. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. For rub, in a small bowl stir together brown sugar and pepper. Sprinkle rub evenly over meat; rub in with your fingers. Place meat in the cooker. Add halved jalapeño pepper, onion, and garlic. In a small bowl stir together the water, fish sauce, and lime juice. Pour over mixture in cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove meat and onion from cooker; discard cooking liquid. Using two forks, pull meat apart into shreds. Stir onion into shredded meat.

  5. For each serving, spoon 2/3 cup of the shredded meat mixture onto a tortilla. Top with mesclun mix, cucumber, Pickled Carrots, cilantro, and sliced jalapeño pepper.

Pickled Carrots

  1. In a small nonreactive bowl stir together the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir in carrots. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours. Use a slotted spoon for serving.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.


To warm tortillas, preheat oven to 350°F. Stack tortillas and wrap tightly in foil. Bake about 10 minutes or until heated through.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 966mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 9.4mg 47%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 725mg 15%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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