April 9, 2014

Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

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Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork | hardparade.blogspot.com
Let's talk about pork. I didn't grow up eating it very often and have only ever really enjoyed it in charcuterie form like speck and coppa. Ham kinda freaks me out and pork tenderloin always looked so familiar (like I was snacking on my own arm). After starting Weight Watchers and forcing myself to try more foods such as things that I once thought I didn't like (eggplant) and that I still don't like (celery), pork found its way onto our grocery list. A few piggy recipes have been flops (rosemary pork chops - ohhh, the texture) but this slow-roasted pulled pork knocked it out of the park. Sure, it's labor intensive but that's what Sundays are for, right?

Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork
Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light
Serves: 8, PointsPlus: 7, Serving Size: 3-oz. pork, 1 tbsp sauce
Ingredients - Pork:
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 (2.5-3 lb) boneless pork shoulder, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
Ingredients - Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork rub | hardparade.blogspot.com

Directions - Pork:
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl, rub mixture evenly over pork and let it stand at room temperature for 1 hour
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork | hardparade.blogspot.com
Preheat the oven to 225f. Place the pork on the rack of a roasting pan (or a DIY baking pan and + cooling rack) coated with cooking spray. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Combine apple cider vinegar and ketchup in a bowl, brush the pork with the mixture (leaving rack in oven) and bake an additional 3 hours, basting every hour with the mixture. 
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork | hardparade.blogspot.com
Pour 1 cup water into the bottom of the pan. Cover pork and pan tightly with foil and bake for an additional 3 hours or until a thermometer registers 190f. (The photo below was taken right before covering with foil)
Take pork out of the oven and let stand, still covered, for another 45 minutes. While the pork is resting, combine apple cider vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside until pork has finished resting
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork | hardparade.blogspot.com
Shred the pork and serve with sauce. Enjoy it as is or top a bun with pickles and slaw for a delicious sandwich!
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork | hardparade.blogspot.com
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork | hardparade.blogspot.com
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