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Crispy Korean Pulled Pork

This Korean inspired spicy pork dish was inspired from watching too much Dinners, Dives and Drive ins. It was the mixes of spices they were using for BBQ and the vinegar based marinade and spices. So I just started playing with flavours and then I stumbled across this little combination. The great thing is that it isn’t that complicated at all, most of the flavour comes from the great Korean chilli paste

The great thing about these pulled pork tacos is that you can freeze the pork and the cooking liquor. Just portion them up into your ideal size, add the pulled pork and the liquor to each bag and freeze. You can even preheat them from frozen. Just gentle re-heat the Korean pork until defrosting in the pan and then turn it up at the end.

korean pulled pork tacos

Crispy Korean Pulled Pork

Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

This Korean inspired spicy pork dish was inspired from watching too much Dinners, Dives and Drive ins. It was the mixes of spices they were using for BBQ and the… Asian Food korean tacos, pulled pork Korean Print This
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Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1 shoulder of pork
  • 2 teaspoons of Korean Chilli paste
  • 130g of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 3 splashes of soya sauce
  • 2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp of onion powder
  • Optional guacamole


Place all ingredients in a saucepan and warm through until the sugar and the Korean chilli paste has dissolved 

Now pour over your shoulder of pork (or belly pork), cover with foil and place in the oven for 5 hours 

Once its cooked allow it to cool a little before removing the fatty tough skin  from the top and discard (or you could make into crackling) 

Shred the pork and you should be able to do this just with forks. 

shredding pulled pork with forks

When I prepare the final dish I take some of the shredded pork and add to a small saucepan and add some of the cooking liquor. 

Heat until the liquor because reduced and sticky and serve in a mini tortilla 

I usually add a variant of my kebab shop salad recipe. Shredded lettuce and tangy cheese, maybe crumbles of feta.

Crispy Korean Tacos

What is nice is if you get it just right in the frying pan you can get that crispy exterior on the pork. This is made from the sugar in the original recipe caramelising and its super yummy. You have to be careful because this happens just before it begins to burn. However it is well worth the effort to give it another dimension in crispiness and flavour.

crispy pork taco with cheese
cheese and pickles

Pulled Pork Bun

Sometimes I freeze some of the shredded pork without the cooking liquor and that way I can add other flavours. The pork is great for making a pulled pork bun as well with some smokey BBQ seasoning. Same method but I put the seasoning in the pan in a little oil just to cook out the spices and flavour the oil. Next add your frozen pulled pork and gently reheat

For a great contrast I melted some cheddar and wilted some spinach for a great pulled pork sandwich.

Easy Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

The great think about this recipe is that you can make the cooking liquor in minutes and then for it over. Place it in the oven and just forget about it. It’s so easy to make and the vinegar in the marinade makes the pork tender and fall apart. This recipe also freezes great as well, some more cooked meats you can freeze.

One of the great recipes with Gochujang paste.

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