These were pretty tasty, but I did not do the recipe quite right and therefore they will be better next time, but they were ok this time (i’ll let you know where to fix it if you want to do it right the first time). I got the recipe here http://steamykitchen.com/4474-korean-style-tacos-with-kogi-bbq-sauce.html.
Start by making the pulled pork (or if you have leftovers this is a great way to use them and make something totally different). Place the 3-5 lb pork shoulder (any roast will work) in your crock pot, pour 1 12 oz can/bottle of root beer over the top. Turn it on low, and let it cook 8-10 hours. I turned it on before I left for work at 6am and when I got home at 5pm it was literally falling apart. I could barely get it out of the crock pot. So yummy and tender! Light on the flavor though, so it is a great way to make it if you want to do some BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with some and Korean pork tacos with some, etc. Once you have that all shredded, set it aside.
Here is where I make the crunch. They suggested cucumbers, but I love cabbage, so I switched it out and it turned out great. I sliced up about 1/4 each of red and green cabbage, then set aside. In a medium bowl (big enough to toss it with the cabbage), I added 2 tbsp. rice vinegar, 1/2 tsp sugar, and a generous pinch of salt (1/2 tsp finely minced fresh chili pepper if you want, we left it out). Mix that together till the salt and sugar are dissolved in the vinegar, then add the cabbage and toss to coat, then set aside to kind of marinate in the sauce.
For the Korean BBQ sauce (or Kogi BBQ Sauce as they call it), start with 2 tbsp. Korean fermented hot pepper paste, aka gochujang. I cheated here, which is where it was slightly off from what you would really want in Korean bbq tacos. I used sriracha instead which was tasty, but pretty thin. Add to the paste (or sriracha) 3 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp rice wine vinegar, and 1/2 tsp sesame oil (I cut this sesame oil down from 2 tsp because my husband hates it. Next time, if I use sriracha, I will leave this out completely because he could still taste it). Whisk that all together till it is well combined and the sugar is dissolved, then add some pork to the sauce and mix it all around till it is completely coated.
To serve, heat a couple corn tortillas over the gas stove, add some pork mixture, then top with the cabbage mixture. Enjoy!