Pulled pork is a popular and tasty recipe, slow cooked over low heat to create a succulent and juicy dish.
If you are looking for a pulled pork recipe, then follow these easy steps in our 60 second guide to cooking the perfect pulled pork.
In this article we will detail what to look for when buying your meat and list ingredients for a simple pulled pork recipe.
What is pulled pork?
Pulled pork is cooked slowly over a low heat until it is tender enough to be 'pulled' apart.
Any meat can be slow cooked, whether it's beef, chicken, lamb or pork. What's important when you are slow cooking your meat, is the cut you use and the muscle to fat ratio that it has. Fat equals flavour when cooking meat and especially when you are slow cooking. Essentially you need enough fat to keep the meat juicy. Leaner cuts such as leg cut with too much muscle and not enough fat may mean your slow cooked meat is too dry.
What cut of meat makes the best pulled pork?
Our Puddledub hogroasts are very popular and involve cooking the whole pig. What we find is that the shoulder is the best cut for making pulled pork due the right balance of fat and muscle to create a juicy and tender pulled pork.
When choosing your cut look for intramuscular fat known as 'marbling'.
How to cook your pulled pork?
Crock pot, slow cooker or even your oven at home are all ideal for slow cooking your meat.
In our pulled pork recipe, we use a shoulder cut which has plenty of fat in it and place it uncovered in the oven at 120*C for up to 4 hours. The final result remains juicy due to the higher fat content but most of this has melted away during cooking. Any large pieces can be removed before eating if that's your preference.
Rub 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder 1 large clove garlic finely grated Pinch chilli flakes ½ tsp fennel seed 1 tbsp finely grated root ginger ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground black pepper 1 tbsp demerara sugar
1. To prepare the rub, grind up the fennel seeds and add all dry ingredients together with the soy sauce.
2. Pre heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas7. Remove any string from the pork and unroll if necessary.
3. Mix the rub ingredients together and smear over the pork, rubbing it into all the cut sides and rind.
4. Place the pork on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 20min.
5. After 20min, turn the oven down to 120C/240/Gas ¾ for 4 hours, or until the meat can be pulled apart with two forks.
6. To serve, increase the oven heat again to 200C/400F/Gas6 remove the rind from the pork and return to the oven for 10min to crisp the crackling.
7. Place the meat onto a serving dish and shred with two forks.
8. Pour over any pan juices, cut the crackling into strips and arrange at the side of the meat.
Pulled Pork Serving Suggestions
Pulled Pork Recommended Cut
If you would like to try this recipe, our recommended cut is a 2kg Pork Shoulder as the texture and flavour does improve with size of cut.
Pulled Pork Nutritional Information
Nutritional Information per serving
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Jo Mitchell is a member of the Mitchell family and helps market Puddledub. Mum of 2 boys and living on the family farm helps Jo tell the story of farm life and provenance as well as sampling many of Puddledub's gluten free products. Currently busy growing the online shop and finding collaborators for new recipes, Jo feels that Puddledub is well placed to take on larger meat competitors due to it's short and complete supply chain set up.