Wednesday, 20 April 2016

MADE: Slow Cooked Barbecue Pulled Pork Burgers

Pulled pork makes me feel good. I can even go as far as saying it makes me reidiculous happy.

It's really good. It's possibly my favourite food ever (which I say a lot but, seriously, it's too good)

Contray to the opinion of friends, pulled pork is SO easy to make at home. It's equally as tasty as anything you can get in a restaurant. Especially when it's been slowcooked for 8 hours in homemade barbecue sauce.

It's actually not overly expensive to make either and I love making my own barbecue sauce to go with it.

All you need to serve 6 people:
For the pork:
2kg pork shoulder
200ml water
Barbecue sauce

For the barbecue sauce:
250g tomato ketchup
1 small onion, diced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp Worchester sauce
1/2 tsp mustard powder
4 tbsp soft brown sugar
A dash or two of tabasco
2 garlic cloves, crushed

To serve:
A brioche bun each
Sweet potato fries (for 4 people, use 4 large or 6 medium potatoes, slice in wedges/fries with the skin on but clean first, boil for 5, pop in the oven on 180 for around 35-40 mins - coat the fries in olive oil, salt and pepper and some paprika, if you fancy)
Any sauces you fancy

Let's get started...

1. Flick your slow cooker on high and allow to heat up whilst you're making you barbecue sauce. Grab a saucepan and fry the diced onions and crushed garlic on a low heat. Once they've softened but not browned too much, stir in the tomato ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worchester sauce and tabasco. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Allow to simmer for 4 or 5 minutes.

2. Pour the 200ml of water into the slowcooker. Add the pork shoulder and spread on about 1/2 of the barbecue sauce. Pop the lid on and leave on low for 8 hours or high for 5-6 hours.

3. When you're almost ready to dish up the pork, prepare your accompanying sides. Don't forget the sweet potato fries will take 35-40 minutes in a fan assisted oven.

4. When you pork is done, take it out of the slow cooker and shred it into a bowl using two forks. Pour in the rest of the barbecue sauce and mix together.

Waiting hours for this goodness may seem frustrating but it is WELL worth it. My favourite toppings are gherkins and a few caramelised onions with some sweet potato fries and salad on the side.


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