Pulled Pork and BBQ Sauce

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I love making pulled pork, it is such a simple dish and one you can start before work and is ready when you come home. This recipe also includes some additional side recipes that you can have – although if you don’t have the time shop bought versions will work just as well.

Let’s start with the centrepiece, the pulled pork:

You will need a boneless pork shoulder joint, some BBQ sauce (for cooking I used a shop bought BBQ sauce but for serving I used my home made version) and one onion cut in half. Simply put the onion at the bottom of the slow cooker, pour in some of the BBQ sauce – I added enough to cover the bottom of the slow cooker – and then place the shoulder joint on top. Cover with the lid and leave to cook in the slow cooker on low for 8 – 10 hours.

Once the joint has finished cooking, remove from the slow cooker and trim the fat and then simply shred the meat with two forks – it should pull away easily. Place in a bowl and cover with 2-3tbsp of BBQ sauce and mix so the meat is covered.

For this meal I served the pork with homemade tortillas, BBQ sauce, guacamole and slaw salad (not quite a proper coleslaw and not a proper salad!). Below are the recipes I used for these side dishes:

Guacamole
1 ripe avocado
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of fresh coriander slice

This is a really simple dip to make, start by mashing the avocado up, I use the back of a fork to do this. Then add all the remaining ingredients and give it a good mix. Keep the stone in the dip as it helps to stop it going brown.

BBQ Sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
400g can chopped tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
85g brown sugar
3 tbsp malt vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato purée

Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Bring the mixture to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until the sauce has become thick. Blitz the sauce with a stick blender or in a food processor, check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Note: This sauce creates a very classic BBQ sauce flavour, adding chipotle chilli, or Jalapeño chilli would create a smoky/spicy BBQ sauce.

Slaw Salad
1 gem lettuce
½ white cabbage
6 – 7 radishes
Cider vinegar
Natural yogurt

The beauty of a salad is you can add anything to it depending on your taste. Simply slice the ingredients and put in a bowl. Add 2-3tbsp of the yogurt and 1 tbsp of the cider vinegar, mix all together and taste, add more yogurt/vinegar depending on your tastes.

Tortilla Wraps
I used this recipe for the wraps – if you have enough time making the wraps gives you lovely fresh soft wraps but shop bought wraps will do the job 🙂

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