My current food obsession…pulled pork
Sweet, juicy, smoky, pulled pork is my absolute favourite, in fact my friends would tell you I’m a little obsessed with it. The authentic US southern BBQ style is cooked in a smoker, and most of us don’t own one of those, but I’ve found an awesome recipe using a slow cooker that comes pretty close to the authentic stuff which I felt I really needed to share.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
– 1-2kg piece of pork. You need the shoulder cut, some supermarkets stock it, otherwise ask your local butcher and they’ll cut a piece for you. Remove the skin (feel free to cook this separately in the oven to make some awesome crackling starters) and any excess fat.
– 1 onion sliced
– 1 capsicum diced
– 2 tbps white wine vinegar
– 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 250-300ml bottle of good barbeque sauce
– Splash of liquid or powdered smoke (optional – if you don’t have make sure you use a smoky bbq sauce instead)
Mix together all the ingredients except the pork, and pour half in the bowl of your slow cooker.
Cut the pork shoulder into 2-3 pieces, depending on the size, place in the slow cooker and pour over the remaining ingredients.
Cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.
After 8-10 hours remove the pork and shred the meat, discarding any excess fat. The pork should fall apart and shred easily, and the bone should come out clean. If it doesn’t, it means it needs more cooking time.
Transfer the sauce to the stove and bring to the boil. Reduce the sauce by around 1/3 – 1/2 (you need enough sauce to thoroughly coat the pork, so if you have a larger piece of meat you may only want to reduce the sauce by 1/3).
Once the sauce is reduced, transfer the shredded pork back into the sauce and toss to coat. The pulled pork should be well coated in the sauce, better to have too much sauce than not enough!
I like to serve my pulled pork on soft hamburger buns, with a side of coleslaw, fries and a beer for that authentic southern US meal.
Any leftover pulled pork keeps really well also, however if you find when you reheat it that its a little dry, just toss through some extra BBQ sauce.