About this recipe:I wanted to make pulled pork in a slow cooker with fresh ingredients and less salt so I read round and came up with this recipe based upon about 10 different recipes I found. Amazingly enough it turned out to be a big hit, delicious pulled pork that is juicy and full of flavour. I decided not to marinate the pork like many other recipes do, I figured slow cooking for 6 to 8 hours would do the same... and the result was good. My kids do not like chilli at the moment so I did not put any in and just added hot sauce to my sandwich.
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:8hr › Ready in:8hr20min
Get all your ingredients together, always quicker and more fun if you are not rooting around for ingredients after you have started. Note: I missed the ketchup from the photo :)
Add the oil to a large frying pan and brown the pork shoulder on all sides. The oil can be a bit spitty but I think it was worth it for the extra flavour.
While the pork is browning chop your onion and crush the garlic.
In a large pan add the vinegar, stock, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, mustard, ketchup, garlic, thyme and cinnamon (basically everything except the onion and pork) and warm up and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch your nose, a sniff of all that boiling vinegar will wake you up!
Scatter the onions around the bottom of the slow cooker and place the pork on top of them. Pour over the broth. Place the lid on, turn the slow cooker onto its highest setting and cook for a minimum of 6 hours. Basically you can leave it in there for 8 to 10 hours if you want so you can do this on a work day in the morning and come home to yummy pulled pork.
You will know the pork is ready because it will start falling apart when you prod it with a fork. Take the pork out of the slow cooker and leave it to stand for 10 to 20 minutes.
Strain the stock to get all the lumps out. Skim as much of the fat of the top of the stock as you can and place to one side.
With two forks shred up the pork. Remove any lumps of fat you find, and of course any bones.
Add the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and add 1 to 2 cups of the stock and mix it in. The pork should soak all the stock up, don't add so much that it is sitting in stock. Place the lid back on and let it all warm through again, about 20 minutes.
To build the sandwich I add a slice of smoked cheese at the bottom, then a good pile of pulled pork and finished off with a big blob of coleslaw. I also added a good slosh of chilli sauce to mine. We eat our sandwiches with chips and salad.
Next time I am going to try making my own barbecue sauce and add this instead of the stock. When I do this I will not add Worcestershire or ketchup sauce to the stock as the barbecue sauce with bring these flavours. Perfect for Halloween or Guy Fawkes Night!
I found the sauce very vinegary, definitely what I was looking for. The meat is completely infused with the liquid so that each bite is absolute perfection. Definitely recommend if you like your meat full of flavour. - 04 Oct 2016