As I said in my previous post, the first thing I had for lunch in Canada was a pulled pork sandwich. Pulled pork is not a 30 minute meal; if that is what you are after, stop reading now. Pulled pork takes time, I suggest that you use a slow cooker if you have one, if not it will take you about 4 hours on the stove top, in the slow cooker about 8 hours plus 30 minutes for preparation and braising.
My first Lunch in Canada – Pulled Pork Sandwich
|2Kg pork shoulder||Salt and pepper|
|2 Tbls oil||1 large onion finely chopped|
|4 to 5 cloves garlic very finely chopped||2 tsp ground cumin|
|1 tsp ground coriander||¼ tsp chili powder|
|¼ tsp cayenne pepper||2 tsp sweet paprika|
|1 tsp dried oregano||¾ cup tomato sauce|
|¾ cup barbeque sauce||¼ cup water|
|2 Tbls cider vinegar||2 Tbls brown sugar|
Flavor the pork with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and brown the pork on all sides. Remove the pork from the sauce pan, and add the onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, oregano and cayenne to the oil. Fry until the onions are soft and the spices darken. Add the water and deglaze the pan. Add the tomato and barbeque sauce, brown sugar and vinegar. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Place the pork in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over the pork. Cover and cook on medium for about 8 hours. You should be able to pull the pork into strands with a fork.
Remove the meat from the slow cooker and set aside. Skim any access fat of the cooking liquid. Transfer the liquid to a sauce pan, and boil the sauce on a high heat to thicken the sauce.
Pull of the visible fat from the pork. With 2 forks pull the pork into strands, return the pork to the liquid and heat until steaming hot.
Pile the pork on the bottom of a bun, if you feel you have to have salad, add coleslaw on top, add the top of the bun and enjoy with a beer or two.