Let’s talk pulled-pork, shall we?
You can order pulled pork in a lot of restaurants, buy pre-made pulled pork at the market, or make your own. But the fact remains, there are so many recipes available…and quite frankly, I think most of them are terrible. Laden with sugar or BBQ sauce, you can’t even taste the pork.
But this one from EveryDay Food is a true find. Simple, but tasty. It has just enough vinegar to give it that tanginess, and just the right amount of brown sugar for the sweet.
Pork shoulder is available at most markets. After slow cooking, it turns fork-tender and can easily be pulled apart (thus the name.)
You can serve it on buns or on its own.
The BBQ sauce is a must, but in this version, it’s not mixed in with the other ingredients. Instead, it’s on the side, letting you decide how much or how little works for your taste buds.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 1/2 hours in oven OR 8 hours on low in a slow cooker
• 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
• 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on taste
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pepper
• 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), cut into 4 equal pieces
• 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 8 soft sandwich rolls, split
• BBQ sauce, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in lower and upper positions.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
Place pork in a 5-quart Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot; rub with spice mixture.
In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 cup water; pour over pork. Cover pot, and place in oven on lower rack. Bake until pork is very tender and separates easily when pulled with a fork, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Transfer pork to a work surface, reserving pan juices. With two forks, shred meat. Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with pan juices to moisten (about 1/4-1/2 cup of the juices). Pile pork on rolls, and top with barbecue sauce, if desired.
(adapted from Everyday Food)
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