The Beer Pulled Pork Polenta Bowl is a delicious meal that’s perfect for the men in your life and a hearty dish to serve on Father’s Day. I know my dad and my husband would love this dish. My husband is a bona fide meat lover; he is the master of the grill, so when it comes to grilling steaks I leave that up to him. (I wouldn’t want to burn a steak for him on Father’s Day.)
However, I can cook a tasty pork shoulder and one of his favorite meals is posole so I came up with this twist on traditional posole.
Posole is a Mexican stew that has pork shoulder, hominy, and the soup base starts with a variety of dried chilies and toppings, including shredded green cabbage, radish, onion, and tostada. It’s so good, and we make it at least once a month in our pressure cooker. For this recipe, I tried something different but kept the flavor profile as close to posole as possible.
I saw the Gourmet Village Pulled Pork spices and knew I wanted to use the spices along with beer in the smoking and cooking of the pork shoulder. The spices flavored the pork really well while the beer helped keep the roast moist so it would shred easily when done.
Traditional posole has hominy in the stew so my spin on that was to make polenta instead and have the pork on top of that with a sauce that is the start of my posole soup base. Toasted chilies with garlic and onion and a thick sauce (thicker than soup liquid) are the tricks to this recipe. The chilies lend heat to the sauce, but the dish isn’t so spicy that your mouth is on fire.
I topped the Beer Pulled Pork Polenta bowls off with traditional posole garnishes, except for the tostada; I didn’t think tostadas were necessary since this isn’t a soupy dish. My husband loved this dish and I told him it was my recipe for him for Father’s Day and that I was testing it out early to make sure it was perfect. He said I could test it out weekly if I wanted to since it was a winner. (The way to his heart is definitely through his stomach.) I served him a big bowl of this meal with an ice-cold beer and he was a very happy man. I loved the meal and so did our daughters. I hope you all enjoy it as much as our family did!