Smoky Pulled Pork

Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork

Re-crafted one of the very first few recipe from the blog. Continuing the collaboration w/ @harveynormansg this week using the Tefal rice cooker! Yes you can make pulled pork w/ rice cooker too! After countless testing, I still find light beer works the best in stewing the pork. The malt flavor goes so well with the smoked paprika which really flavors up the pork! 

If you do not have a rice cooker at home, rest assure - as there are many methodas in cooking this - You can cook this in your oven,  or in a slow cooker overnight or even simply braise it over stove for at least 3 hours. 

Another key factor that differentiate and determine how delicious your pulled pork is, by the types of spice you use. I used a fusion of western & Asian spices like 5 spiced powder.  Feel free to substitute and use your own seasonings catered to your taste. For all you know, it might even turn out better than my version of pulled pork.

Ingredients - 6 servings - 3 hours 30 minutes

Smoky Pulled Pork

  • 1 kg of shoulder butt
  • 2 tbs smoked paprika 
  • 1 tbs chilli powder/hot pepper flakes (optional)
  • 20 g of palm sugar/brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon sugar
  • 2 tbs five spice powder
  • 1 tbs of grated garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs dried thyme or 3 fresh thyme sprigs (remove the thyme leaves from sprig)
  • 1 tbs salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 300 g of mirepoix 
  • 330 ml of light beer

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 280 g of ketchup
  • 1 tbs grated garlic
  • 3 tbs of finely diced onions
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 1 tbs of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 tbs of smoked paprika
  • 28 g of palm sugar/brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

PREPARATIONS

Smoky Pulled Pork

Mix all the dry spices together for the dry rub. Spread the olive oil & grated garlic evenly throughout the pork butt. Leave it in the fridge to marinate overnight for more flavor. Or you can cook it after marinating for at least 2 hours.

Lay the mirepoix in the rice cooker as the base for the meat to rest on. Then pour in the beer just enough to submerge the vegetables. Tips: Do not fill the liquid over the meat. This will cause the liquid to dilute the seasonings on the meat.

If the rice cooker have the slow cook/stew settings, leave it to cook for at least 3 hours or more. (if the rice cooker does not have the function, just used the normal cooking rice method & cook the meat through till most of the liquid are gone.) Alternatively you can also cook this in oven at 140C for 6 hours.

After 3 hours, the meat should be soft and moist. Use 2 fork to shred it. Then mix the meat with your favorite BBQ Sauce. You can also return this to the rice cooker & cook for additional hour to let the BBQ sauce work the flavors into the pulled pork.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together & combine well. Taste & adjust the seasonings to your taste. Optional - Heat the sauce over the medium heat to thicken up the sauce.

Pair with pickles (I use shredded cabbage + carrots). Smather along the pulled pork with sesame buns & there you have it! Tender, moist, smoky & juicy pulled pork burger ready to serve!

Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork
Smoky Pulled Pork

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