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Pulled Pork

Friday, 27 February 2009

I've seen many pulled pork recipes around and when I saw Crabby Cook's slow cooker pulled pork burger, I thought it's finally time to give it a try! I've only had pulled pork once at Bodeon's and to be honest, I can't remember how it tastes like as the ribs were better.

I added some herbs and spices that I think will go with the BBQ sauce pork. I don't have a slow cooker, so I used the oven and cooked it at a low temperature. I reduced the sauce after 8 hrs of cooking to concentrate the flavours.
The meat was amazingly moist and tender after long hours of cooking and the sauce was very rich and flavourful, very very delicious! I served it with bread, and for the leftovers, I made some rumbledethump (minus the cheese since the pork was so tasty) the next day to go with it! This recipe is one of my favourites now and I will definitely make it again soon!

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  • 2 kg Pork Shoulder Joint
  • 1 large Onion - sliced
  • 1 Red Chili - sliced
  • 1 bottle (430g) HP Original BBQ Sauce (Classic Woodsmoke Flavour)
  • 1 cup Apple Juice
  • 1 tbs Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder


  • Preheat oven to 120°C.
  • Combine 1 cup of BBQ sauce and 1 cup apple juice.
  • Whisk in paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, cumin and cinnamon powder.
  • Place pork shoulder, onion, chili and BBQ sauce mixture into an oven-proof pot.
  • Cover and leave to cook for 8 hrs. There's no need to turn the pork around half way through.
For the sauce:

  • After 8 hrs, strain all the juice into a saucepan.
  • Simmer and reduce sauce to about 1 cup worth.
  • Stir in the rest of the BBQ sauce.

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To assemble:

  • Shred pork.

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  • Pour reduced sauce over pork, mix and enjoy!

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Christie @ fig & cherry said...

Amazing! I looooove Bodean's too. Your pulled pork looks absolutely gorgeous, so tender and shredded perfectly :)

Bob said...

Hey, I was just going to do a pulled pork post tomorrow! Get out of my head! Heh.

Seriously though, that looks great. I've never done a braised shoulder, I always give it a dry rub and slow and low it covered on a rack.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I definitely have to make me some of this. I'm a huge fan and so is everyone I know! Yours looks just so delectable-Love the shot pulling it apart with the fork!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks tender and mouth watering!

Pearl said...

wow looks so tender! like it just falls apart!

duodishes said...

Oooh, yum, yay. We went to college in North Carolina here in the States and it is the number one place for pulled pork. This post makes us crave it!

Reeni♥ said...

I have to make this for my Dad, he would love this! It looks so amazingly tender and really flavorful!

Selba said...

Yummmmm..... the bbq sauce makes it wonderful :)

Sara said...

LOVE pulled pork, especially on a sandwich. This looks so delicious.

5 Star Foodie said...

That pulled pork looks like it melts in your mouth. Wonderful!

Pam said...

You just can't beat pulled pork! This looks amazing.

dp said...

Yum...pulled pork sandwich with a healthy topping of coleslaw...can not be beat!

Beachlover said...

look really good!! maybe if you have leftover make some floss pork!!

Femin Susan said...

yum yum yummy. I will surely try this for my tongue to rest and stomach to stop aching.

Leslie said...

mmm..looks tasty. I love BBQ pulled ANYTHING!

Food For Tots said...

So tender and juicy! But 8 hours of cooking is too long for me. Hehehe!

lisaiscooking said...

That looks like a true southern (American) dish. Great job with the pulled pork!

ttfn300 said...

LOVE pulled pork, and your addition of cinnamon is a must-try!

Maria said...

My husband will LOVE this one, he is always begging for pulled pork!

Navita said...

love the reduction..yum...will be trying it soon.

pigpigscorner said...

Christie: Thank you! The wild boar did the shredding actually..a clap for him =P

Bob: Your post is a tease! I should try the dry rub method the next time. The rub looks really good!

Lorraine: Now I know why pulled pork is everyone's favourite. BBQ sauce does wonders!

Little Corner of Mine: The meat was amazingly tender!

Pearl: I love slow cooking...the meat is just so tender!

duodishes: North Carolina! I will keep that in mind when I visit the States!

Reeni: Thanks! DO make it and you won't be disappointed!

Selba: I'm addicted to BBQ sauce now! yum yum!

Sara: Thanks =) I can understand why everyone loves pulled pork now!

5 Star Foodie:Thanks! It was very tender after such long hours of cooking!

Pam: Totally agree! I love pulled pork now!

dp: I like the sound of that!

Beachlover: haha no more leftovers! We finished it in 2 days!

Femin Susan: This is well worth a try to keep you going =P

Leslie: oo maybe I should try BBQ pulled something else the next time!

Food For Tots: You start in the morning and enjoy it for dinner. And the prep takes you minutes!

Lisa: Thank you =)

ttfn300: The additional herbs and spices made it really tasty!

Maria: Now is the time to make him some then!

Navita: Glad I did the reduction too! The falvours were so intense!

Girl Japan said...

Oh PPC, you just brought me back to a time when I was visiting Texas, in the US, I had the best BBQ pulled pork ever.. and your dish, does this mean I can bring this here to Tokyo?

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Pulled pork is a long standing tradition in North Carolina where I live. It's pork fat country for sure. Each side of the state has their own pork recipe and never the two shall agree. Western NC is a tomato based sauce and Eastern NC is a vinegar based sauce. Around here people serve a pulled pork sandwich with slaw on it. Your apple juice is unusual and I think it would bring an interesting flavor to it. Terrific pictures as always. Now I'm craving a BBQ sandwich.

Sam said...

Pulled pork is one the most delicious things ever, Yours looks amazing!

chuck said...

OMG, just look at that delicious looking pulled pork. It just doesn't get any better than that.

La Table De Nana said...

Found your photo at TS and it made my mouth water even after dinner.
We really enjoy pulled pork..must try yours~

noble pig said...

Truly it is stunning...such beautiful presentation and color.

Bunny said...

Oh this looks good! I make pulled pork in the crockpot as well, I'll have to try your recipe next time!

Dee said...

Wow, that looks so good. I've never had pulled pork. Or maybe I have but it was forgettable. Anyhoos, I have a slow cooker and this is bookmarked! Oh, I'm going to give the guinness pork a go this weekend. Will let you know how it goes. Have a good weekend, my friend!

SusanQ said...

Oh my, that looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it.

Vera said...

I love any pork :) Yours looks fantastic!

Heather said...

ohh yum. i love pulled pork, but have never made it. i should try!

Grace said...

i know it's hard to believe, but i've never used cinnamon in my pulled pork. what the heck am i waiting for? :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That pulled pork looks fantastic! A scrumptious recipe!



Natashya said...

Wow, a whole bottle of steak sauce, my husband would be in heaven. He loves that stuff!
Looks great, so juicy.
Definitely a man-pleaser!

Kevin said...

That pulled pork looks so tasty and good!

Maggie said...

I love pulled pork, my favorite is Carolina style with vinegar sauce. Here's a recipe I've used a lot, Carolina-style Pulled Pork. Once you try it you'll never go back to the stuff with all that sauce. said...

Yumm for the BBQ pulled pork, I think the most challenging part is the control of tempreture as well as the timing of the pork to cook. It is indeed a creative recepie that adding apple juice to the BBQ sauce, how about I subsitude the apple juice with the lime juice will the taste be the same?

pepsakoy said...

Gorgeous indeed!!

pigpigscorner said...

Girl Japan: You should try to make some in Tokyo! It's really simple yet delicious!

Sam: The apple juice idea is from Crabby Cook! I will try the two different versions of pulled pork the next time!

Sam: Thanks and I agree with you! The BBQ sauce is just amazing!

chuck: hehe thanks =)

La Table De Nana: Thanks for visiting! We love this version of pulled pork and I can't wait to try out the real thing!

noble pig: Thanks =)

Bunny: Thank you. This method is really simple, just need the patience. Do try and let me know how it goes!

Dee: Guinness pork! I was craving for it again earlier this week. Hope you like it too!

SusanQ: Thank you =) Hope you'll enjoy it!

Vera: Thanks =)

Heather: Although it's simple to make, I can't wait to try the authentic ones now!

Grace: I'm not sure what the cinnamon does, but with all the other additional herbs and spices, it tasted great!

Rosa: Thank you =)

Natashya: hehe this is definitely a man-pleaser, the wild boar really enjoyed it.

Kevin: Thanks =) It was very delicious!

Maggie: Thanks for the recipe! I'll definitely give it a go the next time I crave for pulled pork =)

Steven:The low temp and long hrs of cooking sure does wonders. Wow, with lime juice! I will have to try that to let you know =P but I am sure the sourish lime juice will go very well with the sweet BBQ sauce!

pepsakoy;Thanks =)

Gattina said...

oh boy, it's toally fork-tender! can I come right now?

Alex said...

Wow, looks sublime! Did you shred it with forks or get down and dirty with your fingers?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I NEED to have a pulled pork sandwich now! That's gorgeous!

pigpigscorner said...

Gattina: Oops, you are a little too late =P

Alex: Thanks =) The wild boar shredded it with forks..haha

Clumbsy Cookie: Thank you =) I'm craving for a pulled pork sandwich now too!!

Lauren said...

Poooork. I love seeing healthy low carb food instead of the usual junk on Tastespotting and Foodgawker. It looks so wholesome and tender! *drool*

Is there anything I could sub in for the apple sauce? Would water work just as well, since the rest of the sauce seems so flavorful?

Tangled Noodle said...

Oooh! Love the sandwich . . . craving it right now!

pigpigscorner said...

Lauren: I'm suppose to be on a diet and am trying to stay away from carbs =(

You could try using low-sodium stock or even vinegar! I've seen lots of pulled pork recipes that add vinegar and I think I will try using that the next time I cook this.

Tangled Noodle: I'm craving for more pulled pork too!

Peabody said...

This looks excellent...I am such a sucker for all things pig.

zested said...

This looks absolutely wonderful.

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