I tried getting a picture of the pork when I first pulled it of the oven, but pulled pork by itself, isn’t terribly photogenic, (which is why I decided to make these. Lol, they look a bit prettier). I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for ages and despite it’s lack luster appearance, the meat itself is totally to die for! And making it couldn’t be easier. I researched several recipes and have come to the conclusion that there is no ‘right’ way to cook this. Slower, however, is definitely better and most cooks that I’ve read up on insist on pork shoulder, which is really good, as it’s usually a really cheap cut, so it won’t break the bank. (It usually goes for around $7-8 a kilo, so 2kg should set you back around $15 and will easily feed a crowd). Here’s my version, but feel free to experiment. I used an approximately 2kg piece, 1.7kg to be exact). Start early in the day as this meat needs to be in the oven for at least 7 hours. It’s an all day job.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 200*C. Place a big sheet of foil in a large baking tray, enough to cover the entire pork shoulder, but tuck the excess foil away for now.
Step 2: Place pork shoulder in tray, rub all over with mustard then make a dry rub with 1tsp salt (sea salt if you can), 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and rub all over the meat. Leave to sit for 1/2 hr until meat looks shiny.
Step 3: Roast meat, uncovered for 12 -15 mins then take out, wrap the meat up completely in the excess foil (and more if you need it).
Step four: Reduce heat to 120*C, put back in the oven and let cook at 120*C for at least 7 hours, (8-10hrs is ideal – about 1 1/2 hrs per pound or 450g). It’s done when the bone/ bones pull cleanly away from the meat and the meat easily shreds or ‘pulls’ apart in your hands. Shred the meat, discard of the bones and pile meat up on things like soft bread rolls with coleslaw and BBQ sauce, baked potatoes with coleslaw, BBQ sauce and sour cream, mix through fresh pasta or just eat it straight from the tray, like I did 😛
OR you could make these!
Pulled Pork Quesadillas
Mix 2 cups strong bread flour (I use Lauke Crusty White flour), 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil and 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl. Mix together using chopsticks to make a soft, slightly tacky dough. Wrap in glad wrap and then in a tea towel and rest for 1/2 hr in a warm place.
Heat a heavy skillet or frypan on the stove over medium high heat. Take small balls of the dough, roll out thin and dry fry them, about 10 second each side until there’s bubbles and/ or light brown spots on each side. Stack them under a tea towel. (makes about 14-15 wraps). These will keep for a few days in a plastic bag.
Heat your fry pan. Take a wrap. On one half, load up with pulled pork, rocket or another bitter lettuce like radicchio or whatever salad things you like really and top with cheese. Fold it over so you have a semi circle shape. Brush each side with olive oil and fry each side until tortilla is crispy, the filling is hot and cheese has melted. Enjoy!