Here is my recipe for delicious pulled pork. You can make many things out of it and I made pulled pork sandwiches out of it! Tomorrow I am making a pulled pork pizza inspired by an episode of the Food Network.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3-4 pound pork shoulder roast
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (We like Sweet Baby Rays!)
- I cup of water
- I cup of chicken broth
- 3 cloves of garlic, quartered
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- salt and pepper
Take the string off the pork shoulder if there is one. Cut the roast into thirds for faster cooking. Place the roast into a heavy dutch oven. Salt and pepper to taste. In a separate bowl prepare the braising liquid by adding the water, broth, BBQ sauce, garlic, and liquid smoke. Word of caution about the liquid smoke, it is wonderful in moderation. If you must use more, do so at your own risk. Mix the braising liquid until the BBQ sauce is diluted. Pour braising liquid over the pork.
Cover and place in a 350 degree oven for at least three hours. Midway through the cooking process take it out of the oven and turn the pieces of pork over. It should look like this.
Cover and put it back in the oven for another 90 minutes. Check towards the end of the cooking time to make sure the liquid has not all evaporated. If so, add a little water so it won’t burn.
When it is done you can use a fork and easily pull the meat apart. But don’t. Not yet! It should look like this.
Use the fork to break the big chunks of pork apart and push them down into the braising liquid. Allow the pork to cool in the braising liquid until it is cool enough to handle with your hands.
Pull out the chunks of pork and separate the meat from the fat. make sure to get as much of the fat out as possible. Once you have a pile of meat use your hands to shred it. Two hands are better for finding and removing fat than two forks!
Serve the pulled pork on a bun with mayonnaise and barbeque sauce. If you have any coleslaw available, a spoonful on the top of the pork is extra good! We did not have coleslaw so I added pickled jalapenos on top.
Note: I used the Giada De Laurentiis™ for Target® Cast-Iron 4-qt. Braiser Pan with Lid available at Target. I do not have any connection or endorsement deal for this pan but I just love it and use it frequently. Even though it looks scary in the last picture, it cleans easily by hand. Just soak in hot water with dishwashing liquid and use a scrubby sponge. It will look like the day you brought it home.