Al Pastor Recipe w/ Pork Sirloin Tip

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

I won't bore you with a long diatribe about my family history and life experiences involving Al Pastor before I get to the recipe: the purpose of why you're here. I will say that I love Al Pastor, but it has too much fat in it to be able to consume in the quantities I'd like to (every meal, preferably), so I changed the protein source from the fattier pork shoulder, to an almost fat-free pork sirloin tip, which is sold at Costco in 10lb increments. I used all 10lbs for this, so you may need to adjust the sauce, or make the quantity I've written out and reserve some for chicken breasts or thighs for later cooking. I bet it would be fantastic with chicken!

Below is the recipe, it's simple and fast:

Al Pastor Marinade Ingredients:

-6 Guajillo Chile (boiled, seeds removed and cleaned out)

-2 Ancho chile (boiled, seeds removed and cleaned out)

-8 cloves fresh garlic

-1 onion

-2 whole peeled oranges

-2 cups fresh pineapple

-1tbsp oregano

-1 tbsp thyme

-1tbsp cumin

-3tbsp paprika

-2tsp black pepper

-3 tbsp salt

Preparation Instructions:

Combine all the above ingredients into a large blender or food processor, and puree for 1-2mins until there are no large chunks of anything in the mixture. Pour over the meat, stir until all meat pieces are in contact with the marinade, and let sit for at least 24hrs in a sealed container.

I sliced the 10lbs of pork sirloin tip in thin, wide strips. Bigger chunks will allow there to be too much surface area that isn't in contact with the marinade, so the thinner the better. I lined baking sheets with the strips, wide-side up, to get hit with heat. The ideal way to cook this would be over an open flame, but I don\'t have access to one, so I used the broiler. I would recommend placing all strips on a rack in the pan, so you don't end up with the texture of boiled meat. This will enhance some of the charred crust on the meat, which is what I was after.

This plate features 6g of fat, 55g of carbs, and 45g of protein. Not a bad macro count at all, especially considering the flavor of the dish. Chicken breast be damned! There are much more flavorful options out there than a regular chicken breast that will still help you hit your macros.

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