• 1 1/2 pounds bone-in pork shoulder blade roast
  • 1/4 cup ancho powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (toasted*)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seed (toasted*)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil (plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 24 ounces Mexican beer
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (sliced and separated into rings)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)


  1. Combine ancho chile powder, paprika, coriander seed, cumin and salt in small bowl; set aside.
  2. Cut 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. Place plastic wrap pieces on work surface in a cross position. Place roast on top in the center. Rub 2 teaspoons of oil on top of roast; spoon and pat half of the spice mixture on top. Carefully turn over roast on plastic wrap. Rub 2 teaspoons of oil on top; spoon and pat on the remaining spice mixture. Tightly wrap pork in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 300° F. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to a 6-quart heavy Dutch oven. Heat over medium-high heat. Unwrap roast and place in hot oil in Dutch oven. Cook on each side for 1 to 2 minutes or until spices begin to brown and appear slightly dry. Transfer roast to a plate. Remove Dutch oven from the heat. Slowly and carefully pour in beer, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan. Add water, vinegar, chipotle peppers, onion and garlic. Return to heat; bring to a gentle boil.
  4. Add the pork roast to the hot liquid. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until pork is fork tender.
  5. Transfer pork to a cutting board; cool slightly. Meanwhile, pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer; reserve 1 1/2 cups. Discard remaining liquid and solids. Shred meat using 2 forks; transfer to a medium container. Add the 1 1/2 cups reserved liquid. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or for up to 2 days.
  6. * To toast spices, place spices in a dry skillet. Heat and stir over medium heat until fragrant. Immediately remove spices from skillet.
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