pulled pork loin

If you want a bucket of succulent pulled pork to dip into for sandwiches, tacos, burritos, salads, soups or over, under and in things – master this method – with or without the BBQ sauce, and I recommend without, more often than not, ’cause you’ll end up with a much more versatile bucket of pork. I particularly like this treatment as it isn’t laden with a sweet sauce – don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for the sweet treatment, stuffed into a fresh kaiser and dripping with sauce – this however, is more about the method. Pile all the ingredients in your slow cooker – and if you don’t have one, you can do it anyway – even without a slow cooker.

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So here’s my pulled pork loin story – sadly, I had a loin, (and against my better judgement), I used a loin, which I was skeptical about, as it doesn’t contain the fat of the butt or shoulder cuts, really? Are you sure? Let me see if I’ve got this right, the butt has more fat than the loin, well if you say so – but I forged ahead anyway, leading with my lean loin. I cut it into thick chops, layered it in the cooker, made a beer-based marinade, set it for 5 hours and went out. To my shock and delight, the moist and juicy pork pulled apart effortlessly, and I was the proud owner of a kilo of killer pork loin minus a layer of fat. Now don’t get me wrong, in a perfect world, I would always use a shoulder or butt – but you can imagine my saucy smugness when my lean loin kept up with a fattier butt. So the message here is keep it simple, flavour it mildly and you too will be the proud purveyor of primo pork, ready for anything  – so let’s start with oh, I dunno, 15 ways to use it. So here’s to pulling pork!

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1. Untie your pork loin.

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2. Cut it into thick chops.

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3. Layer them in your slow cooker.

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4. Gather the flavour makers.

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5. Add them to a bottle of beer you’ve poured into a cup measure.

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6. Stir it all around.

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7. Pour it over the layered chops.

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8. Secure the lid, turn it on and forget it for hours and hours.

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9. Hours later, a fork is all you need to pull it apart.

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10. All pulled apart and ready to roll!

 

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