Tacos Al Pastor
August 11, 2020
Al Pastor literally means “in the style of the Shepherd”. This Mexican pork dish is cooked in the same style as shawarma because Lebanese immigrants introduced their famous spit roasting technique when they moved to Mexico in the 1900’s.
It is made of thin strips of pork that have been marinated in chiles and spices and have that characteristic red color from the achiote. The thin strips are stacked onto a long vertical spit called a trompo, and in many cases, a slice of pineapple is stacked on top of the spit.
As the meat cooks in the Anova Precision Oven, the outside layer becomes crispy from the heat, but with the addition of steam, greater tenderness is achieved. And by placing the Probe right in the center of the stack, we can tell exactly when it is cooked to perfection.