Pulled Pork

Pulled pork

I’ve been slowly reducing the amount of meat we eat, and replacing it with food that is “enhanced” by meat, or excludes meat. This is easy to do in the winter with soups and stews, and in the summer it’s easy to make fruit and vegetables the focal point of meals.

Probably in part because I don’t make this too often, this was well received. If you’ve never had this dish, it’s like pork rib meat that has fallen off the bone. Moist, tender, sweet, and tangy.

Like brisket recipes, this is a great way to take an inexpensive cut of meat and turn it into a group meal, with leftovers. And it’s so easy and low maintenance. I slow-cook this in a crock pot, but you can use a dutch oven or large saucepan with a lid as well. The goal is to cook it slowly, until the meat falls apart and is soft to chew.

This recipe goes great with confetti coleslaw, rolls, biscuits, and greens. I added a recipe for barbecue sauce as well, but feel free to use your favorite sauce. You’ll need to set aside 4 hours plus another 15 minutes for the total cooking time.

Note My photo shows the pulled pork being quite moist, however if you want it drier, just leave it in a bit longer with the top off (about 30 minutes or so) to get that guey, slightly burnt taste of the tomato and honey on the verge of burning.

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7 Responses to Pulled Pork

  1. Is there a way to make “pulled” chicken? -Ari
    Ariana Anderson
    The Frugally Rich Life
    (GF, dairy-free, sugar-free recipes and frugally)

  2. Erica says:

    ooh – great idea. Yes, I’ve kind of done this before with left-over roasted chicken. You can slow-cook chicken pieces or a chicken (dark meat is best for this) for a few hours the same way as the pork is done here, or you can take left-over roasted chicken and cook it with BBQ sauce for about 30 minutes.

  3. kathie says:

    made it tonight my kids loved it

  4. Gina says:

    Do you think a crock pot or similar slow cooker would work on low heat for 8 hours? That is, can I braised the meat and the onions in a pot, then put it in the slow cooker with the sauce on low for the day–and pull it apart once I get home?

  5. Erica says:

    Gina – I think you can cook it on low for 8 hours. It might be a good idea to add more water since it will sit longer. I’m not sure if you need to braise it though, but it might help keep it from drying out (I’m guessing that’s why you want to braise it).

  6. Gina says:

    Thanks! Yes, that’s why I thought it might be best to braise it, but maybe I don’t need to do that if I add more water! Yum! Can’t wait to try this.

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