Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fast Pulled Pork

When I have large groups of people over, I generally like to keep it simple. If there's anything I've learned from past experience, it's that no one likes a tired host. 

Pulled pork. In the background: tortillas and buns
This is why I have slowly moved away from cooking Chinese food (where you can end up cooking upwards of 10 dishes -eek!) and towards more DIY type meals where my guests can construct their own. 

Pulled pork, served with Chinese steamed buns
Pulled Pork is one of these gems. This one simple dish has the ability to feed so many people in a variety of ways - in tacos, tortillas, on pizzas or even served in steamed buns!

Step 1: Rub the spice mix over the pork pieces
Thanks to the editors America's Test Kitchen and their wonderful book "Pressure Cooker Perfection", I don't have to wait 7 or 8 hours for delicious pork from a slow cooker. Just 2 hours in my pressure cooker produces the same result. The only difference is that I am more relaxed by the end of the cooking process!

Step 3: Pork ready to be added to the pressure cooker
This recipe produces a massive amount of pulled pork. Even if you have a large group, you will be guaranteed leftovers. Don't worry though, this just means pulled pork pizza the next day -trust me, I've never heard Jason complain about too much pulled pork!

What are your go-tos for large dinner parties? Do you prefer something quick and less labour intensive?

Fast Pulled Pork
Adapted from "Pressure Cooker Perfection" by the Editors at America's Test Kitchen


3 Tbs packed brown sugar
3 Tbs smoked paprika
2 Tbs red chili flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 kg boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup your favourite BBQ sauce


1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, chili flakes, cumin, salt and pepper. Rub it evenly over the pork pieces and set aside.
2. In the pressure cooker, mix together the cider vinegar, water and ketchup. 
3. Add the pork pieces to the pot, lock the lid and cook on high. Once pressure is reached, cook on medium-low or low for about 40 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to maintain high pressure.
4. Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and carefully remove the lid once all remaining pressure is released.
5. Move the pork pieces to a large dish and let cool slightly. Shred into bite sized pieces.
6. Skim off any excess fat from the remaining sauce and pour into a small saucepan. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat while whisking through the BBQ sauce. Cook until the sauce has reduced to about 2 cups and pour over the shredded pork.
7. Serve the pork in tacos with coleslaw, over pizza or in steamed buns. The possibilities are endless!

This post is a very last minute addition to Our Growing Edge (April 2015) which is hosted by Nikki at Everyday Life Mother and Wife, an event that aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. I'm so excited to be a part of it!

1 comment:

  1. Clever idea Lucy! After all nobody likes a tired cook less than the cook themselves! :D