Posted by: William | April 15, 2008

The Marriage: BBQ & Pork

It feels something like my life revolves around cooking these days. Much of the time I’m not eating, I’m looking foreword to whatever the next meal is going to be. When I’m cooking the next meal, I’m starting to think about whatever the meal after that will be. I really am kind of a freak. Last week, as you might remember, I posted a painfully boring blog containing a recipe for chicken chili. I don’t really know if anyone was daring enough to try and make it (I hope you were), but regardless, being that summer is starting up soon and it’s time for tons of cookouts and pot-lucks and stuff (I’m not a 40 year old housewife, I promise), we’re gonna continue down this road of culinary and communal delight.

 

So, before I get into it, I gotta tell you, what I’m about to recommend that you cook is ridiculously good. I don’t use that word lightly. I mean it, ridiculously. If I may, let me demonstrate just how good I think this concoction is. If you look here on the left, you’ll notice my busted nose. Just a tad above that on the right, you’ll notice the bike rack on the back of my car. When leaving the grocery store after collecting all of the ingredients necessary for his meal, I caught that bike rack square in my face. As it turns out, I ought to be more careful when shutting the trunk of my car. I didn’t let that slow me down, no no, I just kept my eye on the unbelievably delicious prize: sweet, spicy, juicy, tender, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches. That’s right, your dream and mine, come true.

 

Here’s the beauty of this recipe. First of all, it’ll last you a long time. Make it once and you’ll be smooth sailing for a week or so. Second, it’s a manly dish. Third, it’s pretty hard to mess up (You’d probably have to be trying to mess it up). Fourthly, just in case I haven’t driven the point home enough, it tastes freakin’ awesome. So, without further adieu, let’s dive in.

 

Now, in this recipe I make my own BBQ sauce from scratch, which I think makes the recipe. However, if you don’t have any of the ingredients necessary for it, then you should just go and pick out your favorite bottled sauce.

 

The trick to really good pulled pork is letting it cook for a really long time. So you’ll need to get things started at lunch time if you want pulled pork for dinner. The pork cooking part is so easy, it’ll only take about 5 minutes to get started, then you can just leave it alone until its done. Here’s what you’re gonna need:

 

Pork:

 

  • 4 lbs boneless pork (whatever is cheapest)

  • 2 cans of beef broth (again, whatever is cheapest)

 

  1. Empty the cans of beef broth into a slow cooker (i.e., crock-pot); if you don’t have one of those, you can just use an oven-safe pot (or a tin turkey roaster) and cook it in the oven. Without doing anything to the pork, put it into the broth. If you’re using a crock put, set it to high and put the lid on it. If you’re using your oven, cover the pot with a lid or tin foil and set the oven to about 250f. Now, walk away for about 4 hours.

  2. When about 4 hours is up, fish the pork out of the broth and put it onto a cutting board. It’s gonna look pretty gross right now, so you’d better be okay with that. Using two forks (one to hold the pork still, and the other to rip it apart) shred the pork into little pieces. Don’t worry about being too tedious about it. When you’re done, you should have a big pile of stringy, gross looking pork, like on the left side of the photo below. Dump all that into big bowl.

 

INTERMISSION

Next we’re gonna need your BBQ sauce. If you’re not making your own sauce, skip this step and move on to the next one.

 

BBQ Sauce:

Here’s what you’re gonna need for the BBQ sauce:

 

  • 2 cups of ketchup

  • 1 can of tomato sauce

  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups red wine vinegar

  • ½ cup of molasses

  • 4 teaspoons of liquid smoke

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (add a lot more if you like it spicy, try 2 tablespoons)

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of regular pepper

 

I know, those are a lot of ingredients. Don’t be intimidated. It’s really easy and your measurements don’t really need to be super precise. There’s a few things on that list, you probably aren’t going to recognize and might not have on hand. Namely, liquid smoke, molasses, and paprika. If you aren’t a poor college kid living alone, you probably have the rest of that crap in your closet already. The BBQ sauce takes about 20 minutes to cook, so you might want to start cooking it just before you take the pork out of the cooker.

 

  1. When making the sauce, just take out a big sauce pan (like pictured), put it on medium heat and mix all the ingredients together well. Once it starts bubbling, turn the heat down to low and let it sit there for about 20 minutes. The longer you let it cook, the thicker the sauce will be.

 

RESUME PORK

 

  1. Ok, so you have your big bowl of gross, stringy pork. Next your gonna dump your BBQ sauce (you’ll need about 2 ½ cups, or around 18 oz) into the bowl of pork. Use a big spoon and mix it all up real good.

  2. Next, grab an oven safe pot or tin (if you used your oven to cook the pork the first time, just dump out the broth and use the same pot). Dump your stringy, porky, BBQ-y mess into the pot and cover it again. Turn the over up to about 350f, and slide the pot in. After about 30 – 45 minutes, it’ll be ready to eat.

  3. Grab a bun, or just a spoon, and dig in.

 

I hope someone is daring enough to give this a go. I hope you enjoy it. I hope you share it. I hope everyone is filled and encouraged by the conversations shared over it.

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Responses

  1. Bill, it is a pleasure to read a recipe from a fellow food lover, i WILL try this. I am especially intrigued to try the bbq sauce. It looks like it is relatively not-sweet.


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