Babalu's Braised Pork Butt with Roasted Peanut Slaw

Chef Warren Weiss from Babalu Tacos and Tapas shows us how to make this tasty dish to celebrate Babalu's first year in downtown Knoxville! November 28, 2016.

Babalu Tacos and Tapas shared this recipe with us to celebrate their first anniversary in downtown Knoxville! It serves 4-6 people. 


Braised Pork Butt


  • 1/4 cup salt and pepper mix
  • 1 Boston butt - fatty side scored
  • 1 garlic clove - smashed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 large yellow onions - quartered
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/5 tbsp chicken base
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil


Evenly coat pork, including any folds, with rub, which consists of salt, pepper, garlic clove, bay leaves and Kosher salt.

Place Canola oil on a flat top or pan and sear all sides of the pork butt until you have a golden brown crust.

Place the pork in a large roasting pan.

Add all remaining ingredients, and cover with plastic wrap & aluminum foil.

Cook at 300 degrees for 8 hours.

Place pork on a sheet tray to cool & shred.

Roasted Peanut Slaw


  • 1/2 cup cilantro - chopped
  • 1 cup green onion - chopped
  • 1 1/4 lb green cabbage - julienned
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts - chopped
  • 1/2 cup wet coleslaw base


Place dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix evenly. Toss in wet mix ensuring all cabbage is evenly coated.


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