Pork Shoulder in Morita-Plum Sauce

This sweet and spicy dish serves 4-6.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups leeks, thinly sliced, pale green and white parts only
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and mashed
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup plum sauce, preferably hoisin sauce
  • 3 morita chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 3-pound boneless pork butt/shoulder, cut into 3 pieces and excess fat removed
  • Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish


Preheat olive oil in a medium heavy pot. Add celery, carrots, and leeks and sauté until caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, plum sauce, and morita chiles and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let cool completely. Transfer ingredients to blender and add apple cider vinegar. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes and adjust seasoning to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  

Meanwhile season pork on both sides with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tablespoon pepper. Transfer pork to the bowl of a slow cooker and pour morita-plum sauce over. Cook on high for 5 hours, or until fork-tender. 

Serve with warm corn tortillas, lime wedges and cilantro for tacos. 

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