Slowcooked BBQ pulled pork

Slowcooked Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork

I have to admit, I’m slightly reluctant to give away this recipe. I starting making it around 7 or 8 years ago, long before ┬ápulled pork became the up and coming new food trend here in the UK. Almost every restaurant or eatery you go into nowadays has some variation on this dish, with even the fast food chains like McDonalds and KFC getting in on the act.

At first this got me rather excited, after all, pulled pork done properly is an absolute joy and a glorious thing. Problem is, every single time I’ve ordered pulled pork in a restaurant, be it a place which offers up normally wonderful food or some hole in the wall sandwich place, I’ve always been bitterly disappointed. As you can see from my recipe below, it’s not difficult to get right, but sadly they frequently do. Therefore, this recipe is dedicated to those who have tried it before and didn’t quite see what all the fuss was about. This pulled pork deserves all the fuss you can muster, it is packed with smoky, sweet flavour and will quite frankly, knock you for 6. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1kg pork shoulder (bone and tough outer skin removed, but fat left on)
1 large onion, roughly chopped
Soft hotdog or hamburger buns, to serve

Homemade BBQ sauce
1 cup tomato ketchup
4 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp worcester sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp tabasco or hot sauce
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tsp yellow mustard powder
1/2 tsp sea salt

Method

Set your slowcooker or crockpot to the high setting. Roughly chop your onion and scatter over the bottom of the slowcooked bowl. Place the pork shoulder joint directly on top. Mix together the BBQ sauce ingredients and pour over the joint of meat. Place the lid over the pot and cook on high for 8 hours. After 8 hours, use two forks to pull the meat appart into chunks. Don ‘t get too carried away here, try and keep some fairly chunky bits as well as some more finely shredded meat. Use a spoon to make sure everything is coated really well in the sauce before serving on soft buns that soak up all the juices. Word of warning – it might not be elegant or classy but tea towel bibs are highly recommended as well as having plenty of napkins at hand. Things can and most likely will, get very messy indeed.

Serves 8

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