It’s a sin that I’ve only made my first batch of pulled pork this week, I’ve eaten so much of the stuff – there was a revolution in Dublin for a while there! Pork shoulder is so cheap to buy, even when purchased from a decent butcher. I got two huge pieces in FX Buckleys for about €11.50, this is enough to feed 8-10 people. One thing I’ll advise is that if you are cooking the pork in the slow cooker, ask the butcher to remove the skin as it doesn’t work when cooked with it on. If you decide to cook it in the oven you can keep this as it will turn into delicious crackling. This time (much to my butchers disgust lol) I had to cook it in the slow cooker for convenience. You can’t go wrong with a slow cooker, you throw everything in and you don’t go near it for 8-10 hours. Go to sleep and then wake up to delicious juicy pulled pork!
This recipe was adapted from the CHOW website
Serves 8-10 people
- 6lbs higher-welfare shoulder of pork
- 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar (brown sugar if you’re not too strict)
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp chipotle
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in the stock. Combine the sugar and spices in a small bowl. Wash the pork week and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place it on top of the onions and garlic. Cover (no peeping) and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 10/11 hours on low.
- Turn off the slow cooker and carefully remove the pork to a chopping board. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium (heatproof) bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the sieve and leave both to one side.
- If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it (I used boneless). Using 2 forks, shred the meat, discarding any large pieces of fat. Add the shredded meat back to the slow cooker and mix the onion mix you separated back in to the meat.
Now to re-cook with a delicious sauce- this is my own recipe!
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup stock drained from slow cooker
- salt and pepper, to taste
1. Pour the tomatoes on top of the meat, then add the spices and mix thoroughly (you could even use your hands to ensure it gets marinated well).
2. Turn the slow cooker back on for about 40 minutes to 1 hour.
I made burrito bowls with this for a dinner party and it was perfect! Cant wait to try it again!