James Strawbridge’s Pork Pibil

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Pibil is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish with plenty of heat and aromatic flavour. This is a great recipe to feed a crowd. Serve with tortilla wraps or tacos and a side of red pickled onions and guacamole. 

Serves 4-6


For the pork: 

For the guacamole: 

For the pink pickled onions: 

  • 4 red onions, finely sliced   
  • 150ml cider vinegar   
  • 75g caster sugar   
  • 100ml boiling water   
  • 1 tsp BBQ salt (optional, see below)  

For the BBQ salt (optional): 

  • 1 tbsp paprika   
  • 2 tsp salt   
  • 1 tsp ground cumin   
  • 1 tsp ground coriander   
  • 1 tsp garlic powder    
  • 1 tsp onion powder   
  • ½  tsp chilli flakes  


  1. Place your joint of BBQ pork in a pan with the garlic, sliced chilli, herbs, beer, salt or BBQ salt and a tin of tomatoes. Mix well and then place into a preheated oven in a covered casserole dish. Roast at 160˚C for 4 hours.    
  2. For the pink onions, simply heat a solution of vinegar, sugar and water, and pour over your sliced onions. Stirring occasionally, leave to hot pickle for 1 hour until they reach room temperature.   
  3. Make the guacamole by mashing the avocado with a fork and mixing in the fresh coriander and green chilli sauce.   
  4. Pull or shred your pork meat and add a few of the pickled onions into the sauce. Remove any garlic skin.
  5. Serve the pulled pork pibil with the rest of your pickled onions, rice and beans, along with some tortilla wraps or tacos to mop it all up.  
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