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Pulled pork

boneless shoulder of pork

(about 2½ kg)
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp pepper

2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 medium mugfuls of cider

a mugful of a good smoky barbecue sauce
soft white rolls
coleslaw (see ‘Goes well with…’ below)

Buy a large boneless shoulder of pork (2.5kg or so). Mix together 2 tsp each smoked paprika, ground cumin, pepper, and brown sugar, plus 1 tsp salt. Rub over the pork.

Put the pork in a big casserole dish, skin-side up, and pour in 2 medium mugfuls of cider. Cover with a lid and cook in the oven at 150C/130C fan/gas 2 for anywhere between 4 and 8 hrs until falling apart. Check every few hours in case it gets dry – if it does, add another mugful of cider.

Take it out of the oven and put the meat in a big dish, leaving the liquid in the casserole. Cut the skin off, then shred the meat using two forks. Ditch any fatty bits, and skim any excess fat off the surface of the sauce.

Add a mugful of a good smoky BBQ sauce to the casserole, mix it in, then ladle some into a bowl for dipping. Put the pulled pork back in the casserole with the juices so it stays moist. Season to taste. Can be made one day ahead.

Serve in soft white rolls with some coleslaw (see ‘Goes well with…’ below) and the bowl of juices on the side for ‘French dipping’ the sandwich while you’re eating.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2017

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