Sunday, January 29, 2012

Superbowl Eats: Beer Braised Pulled Pork

Who doesn't love a pulled pork sammy?

If you don't I'm sorry but you don't know what your missing.

What's great about this recipe is that it can be paired with any nu,ber of BBQ sauces for a completely personalized experience.  I think I'm going to make a tangy Carolina-style sauce to go with this, and I might have to work on a sweet and spicy one for the Boy.  Either way this is great jumping off point for whatever your favorite is.

Aside from sammys, this pulled pork is also the basis for 2 new and 1 old recipe, all of which are perfect for your superbowl party.  If you don't want to go pork crazy this Sunday, that's fine.  It's a super simple dish to make earlier in the week for a dinner, with the leftovers going towards some of your superbowl eats. What could be easier that that?

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Beer Braised Pulled Pork
A simple base pulled pork recipe that can be used for any number of dishes, even just a simple pulled pork sammy.
  • 3-4 lb pork shoulder - well trimmed of any excess fat
  • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground chipotle chili
  • 1 1/2 tsps smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • olive oil
  • 3 bottles beer - I used Beau's lager, which are larger bottles and only needed 1 1/2
  • 2 large rosemary sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
1. Heat a large heavy bottomed pot with some olive oil over medium heat. Mix together the onion, garlic, chipotle, paprika, oregano, black pepper and salt and rub all over the pork. 2. Place the rosemary sprigs on the bottom of the slow cooker. Brown off all sides of the pork in the heated pot. Transfer the pork shoulder into the slow cooker, on top of the rosemary. 3. Add in the beer, pouring slowly so it doesn't foam over the top, until the pork is almost completely covered. If you need more liquid you can add chicken stock or water. 4. Add in the bay leaves, salt and pepper. Set the slower cooker to cooke on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. 5. When the cook time is over, remove the pork shoulder to a cutting board and shred it with two forks. Use in your favorite pork recipe and reserve leftover in the cooking liquid for another use.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings

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