Earlier this week, I did pulled pork from someone who lives in Amsterdam. To get closer to home, here is a pulled pork recipe from a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn. When we visit family in Texas, we tour the barbeque spots that bejewel Austin. I’m a rib man. Suzen is pulled pork. She does not eat it. She devours with relish. No, not relish relish. Just a dash of good red Texas sauce.
It’s called pulled pork because you cook it so long, you don’t need to cut it. In fact, it’s not easy to cut since it is falling apart. Instead, you just use a pair of forks and separate out the meat in strands.
Suzen is proud of this recipe for multiple reasons. It really tastes authentically wonderful. The cooking technique generates a very moist result. This meat is not dry. You can really just pop this meat on a roll and eat away. Sauce is not mandatory or necessary. But I find it good to slather it on, despite the curious look Suzen gives me.
Another reason she loves this recipe is how remarkable it is to craft a true feast from a modest slice of meat. She uses pork shoulder at $1.89 a pound. If we were barbequing steak, the price would be about the same with just a move of decimal point.
This is a recipe you will delight in, possibly in proportion to your family size. Delicious, economical, and easy to prepare. That preparation does start the night before and includes a six hour stint in the oven. Greatness does take time.
Suzen’s Pulled Pork
Yield: servings for 6+ people
- 1 4-8 pound pork shoulder, the bigger the better
- 10-20 garlic cloves
- Several sprigs of thyme [plus other herbs of your choice]
- Salt and pepper
The night before, as pictured, make thin slices into the meat and deposit peeled garlic cloves. At least ten, twenty is fine, more is up to you. Place the herbs on top of the meat and tie in place. Put the meat into a large plastic bag, seal, and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, take the meat out of the refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Generously salt and pepper the meat on all sides and end. Place the meat in the bottom of roasting pan. Do not use a rack. Securely and tightly cover the pan with foil. If you have a lid for the pan, put the lid over the foil so it improves the seal.
Technically, this meat will be cooked in about 2 hours. You are leaving it in the oven for 6. In that additional time, the meat breaks down — so you can pull it. With the tight seal, all the escaping vapors do not escape the pan. They are there to steam the meat to ultimate tenderness.
Cook for 6 hours, remove from the pan, allow to rest for 15 minutes, then devour at will.
Source: Suzen O’Rourke
Photo Information: Canon T2i, 18-55MM macro lens, F/2.8 at 1/100th second and ISO 2000