BBQ pulled pork
This easy pulled pork recipe is made with pork shoulder and pantry spices. The result is perfect, tender and juicy pork cooked in the oven.
• 2 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tsp ground cumin
• 2 tsp pepper
• 2 tsp brown sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 medium mugfuls of cider
• boneless shoulder of pork (about 2.5kg)
• a mug of smoky barbecue sauce
• soft white rolls
Mix together 2 tsp each smoked paprika, ground cumin, pepper, and brown sugar, plus 1 tsp salt. Rub over the 2.5kg boneless shoulder of pork. Put the pork in a big casserole dish, skin-side up, and pour in 2 medium mugs of cider.
Cover with a lid and cook in the oven at 150C/130C fan/gas 2 for anywhere between 4 and 8 hrs until falling apart. Check every few hours in case it gets dry – if it does, add another mugful of cider. Take it out of the oven and put the meat in a big dish, leaving the liquid in the casserole.
Cut the skin off, then shred the meat using two forks. Pull out any fatty bits and skim excess fat off the surface of the sauce. Mix in a mugful of a smoky BBQ sauce to the casserole, then ladle some into a bowl for dipping.
Put the pulled pork back in the casserole with the juices so it stays moist. Season to taste. Serve in soft white rolls with coleslaw and the bowl of juices on the side for ‘French dipping’ the sandwich while you’re eating.