Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pulled Pork Sliders are Served in Heaven

Every time I make pulled pork I screw it up.

Every. Single. Time.

Except today, which is truly a miraculous happening. Here's the recipe that occasioned the wonder. I started with a recipe in the Williams Sonoma catalog (no, really) and played from there.

1 4lb pork shoulder (pork butt, whatever you call it. I'll stick with shoulder, if only to avoid as many "butt" jokes as possible)

1 T kosher salt and 1 T freshly ground pepper, rubbed onto pork shoulder

1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
2 T Dijon mustard
Generous squirt ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar (I use Mrs. Bragg's, which I'm convinced is somehow healthy)
2 cups low salt chicken broth
Dash or two cayenne pepper

Place the six ingredients above in the bottom of a large dutch oven, and put the pork shoulder (with salt and pepper rubbed in) directly on top. Cover tightly with a lid and bake at 300 degrees for 4 hours. FOUR HOURS. You can check it before that, but it needs to cook until it's falling apart --- and that means FOUR HOURS. Take a nap.

When the pork can be pulled apart with a fork easily, take out and let rest. Meanwhile, spoon the fat off the top of the sauce, and add the following:

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tsp Worchestershire sauce

Keep the sauce warm and place the pork in a large bowl. "Pull" or shred the meat, and then pour the sauce over the top. Toss and serve on toasted, buttered slider buns. Wowza.


MikeinAppalachia said...

I would suggest using a white onion rather than yellow. Otherwise, it came out very nicely. Guests were complementary.

Tari said...

Thanks Mike!