Attention all meat lovers: Cola Pulled Pork ups the ante at any BBQ
Pulled pork is a great addition to your summer barbecue.
This delicious recipe can be served with a fruited Waldorf salad within wraps or within a sandwich accompanied by Applewood cheese and butterhead lettuce.
Pulled pork works well with refried rice, fresh coriander and pineapple or within cruncy tacos with barbecued corn on the cob.
(Serves 8 to 10)
1 big pork shoulder on the bone (any big joint will do)
500ml barbecue sauce
2 onions, chopped
500ml apple juice/Cola
1 tbsp mixed spice/allspice
3 bay leaves
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 massive oven-proof pot or a very deep tray if using the belly cut
Preheat oven to 150C/300F.
Lightly score the skin and fat of the pork joint with a sharp knife and rub lots of salt, pepper and allspice over it. Give it a good massage.
In a deep tray or oven-proof pot, place the chopped carrots, celery and onion into the bottom and pop in the joint of pork. Pack it in nicely for a long bake.
Add the bay leaf and Cola and half the barbecue sauce.
Next add water so that the joint is two-thirds covered up with a nice dark spiced stock. Cover tightly with a lid or foil and place in the oven for at least 6 to 8 hours.
Low and slow is the key here. Check after 4 hours, baste the juices over the joint or turn it over if it is looking dry on top.
Re-seal with foil.
After a very long time, take the joint out and give the meat a tug. It should pull off nice and easy. If not - back into the oven.
Allow to rest for about 30 minutes or so, then transfer the pork on to a tray.
Transfer the stock into a pot to reduce down to a nice sticky consistency.
With a pair of tongs and a fork, pull the meat off the bone. It should break off in long strands - basically attack the meat with a fork.
If it's quite fatty, cut away the large bits but stir in some of the smaller bits of fat.
Transfer the pulled meat into a bowl and add in some more barbecue sauce or reduced stock to flavour.
Ready to serve!
Try these ideas for serving:
• Pulled pork with apple Waldorf salad wraps
• Pulled pork sandwich with Applewood cheese and butterhead lettuce
• Pulled pork with refried rice and pineapple topped with fresh coriander
• Pulled pork tacos with barbecued corn on the cob