Pulled pork

Pulled pork is made by slow cooking pork shoulder until it is soft and pulls apart easily. It is commonly used is burgers, tachos and to top plates of nachos!

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Pulled pork
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date15 February 2020
People6
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 6 Minutes 30 Seconds
Rest time 4 Hours 10 Minutes
Cooking time 3 Hours 38 Minutes
Total time 7 Hours 54 Minutes 30 Seconds

Pulled pork is simply American BBQ at its best! Pulled pork should be so tender that it practically comes apart before you start to shred it. It’s flavourful, soft and moist. The best cut to use is the shoulder, a tough cut of meat which becomes tender.

Traditionally it is a barbecue recipe meaning it’s cooked on a grill for hours! However, those without access to a grill rejoice because thankfully pulled pork is easy to make at home in your slow cooker, pressure cooker or even in your oven! Pulled pork demands love and time but I think we can all agree its worth it!

An amazing thing about pulled pork is its versatility. Adding it to burgers with coleslaw is a combination to die for. Fresh coleslaw perfectly compliments the pork and adds freshness and a much needed crunch.

It is an amazing filling for sandwiches, tacos, wraps and quesadillas. It’s a common addition to nachos and it can even be used as a pizza topping!

We knew getting the spice balance right is really important to so in our recipe. Our rub is made up of salt, sugar, pepper, onion, chilli powder, cinnamon and mustard powder.

We added some maple syrup or honey, soy sauce, harissa and tomato puree as well, but also beer or water. These wet ingredients prevent the pork from becoming dry while cooking and become a wonderful sauce once the pork has finished cooking.

Ingredient list

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Pork shoulder 1.2kgboneless and skinless
Onion 70g
Honey 3TBSP (UK)
Harissa 1TBSP (UK)
Soy sauce 4TBSP (UK)
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 2TSP (UK)
Black pepper 1TSP (UK)
Cinnamon 1TSP (UK)
Mustard powder 1TSP (UK)
Chilli powder 1TSP (UK)optional
Water 350ml

Step nr: 1 - Chop the onion

Ingredient list for step nr: 1

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 70gram
Preparation time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Place the onion on the chopping board and cut the onion.

Step nr: 2 - Mix the sauce

Ingredient list for step nr: 2

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 70gram
Honey 3tablespoon (UK)
Harissa 1tablespoon (UK)
Soy sauce 4tablespoon (UK)
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 2teaspoon (UK)
Black pepper 1teaspoon (UK)
Cinnamon 1teaspoon (UK)
Mustard powder 1teaspoon (UK)
Chilli powder 1teaspoon (UK)
Preparation time 30 Seconds
Total time 30 Seconds

In a bowl add the onion, tomato paste, soy sauce, harissa, honey, chilli powder (optional), cinnamon, mustard powder, pepper and salt into the cooking bowl and mix togheter.

Step nr: 3 - Cook the sauce with water

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Water 100milliliter
Cooking time 8 Minutes
Total time 8 Minutes
Temperature100 Degrees Celsius

In a saucepan, pour the sauce and add a little quantity of water, and then simmer.

Step nr: 4 - Let the sauce cool down

Rest time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

Pour the sauce in a bowl and let it cool for about 10 minutes.

Step nr: 5 - Leave the pork to marinade

Ingredient list for step nr: 5

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Pork shoulder 1.2kilogram
Rest time 4 Hours
Total time 4 Hours

Place the pork into a bowl, add the sauce, mix togheter and then let marinade for 4 hours.

You can start this recipe the previous evening, leaving the pork to marinate for the whole night.

Step nr: 6 - Preheat the oven

TimeNo times for this step

Preheat the oven to 170°C with the dutch oven inside.

Step nr: 7 - Cook the pork

Ingredient list for step nr: 7

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Pork shoulder 1.2kilogram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Water 250milliliter
Cooking time 3 Hours
Total time 3 Hours
Temperature170 Degrees Celsius

Take the dutch oven from the oven and add pork, marinade and water. Cover with the lid and cook in the oven for 3 hours.

Step nr: 8 - Check the meat and cook the pork

Cooking time 30 Minutes
Total time 30 Minutes
Temperature170 Degrees Celsius
ForkToolFork

Check the meat and cook for other 30 minutes without the lid, or until the pork is very tender and falling apart.

Step nr: 9 - Shred the meat and serve

Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Put the meat in a bowl. 'Pull' the pork by sticking a fork in the shoulder and shredding the meat into small pieces with another fork. It should fall apart easily. Then serve.

Season the meat with barbeque sauce to increase the flavor.

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