Saturday, 3 August 2013

Slow Pulled Pork!!

Happy Saturday but most importantly Happy 6 Year Anniversary to my wonderful best friend Leeanne and her equally lovely husband Chris!!! 6 years!! xxx Its 7am i wonder if Lee has cried yet? my money is on yes xxx

"I don't eat pork" This is what i always always say! I hate pork chops or roast pork with a passion! When i was at school my best friend Victoria said it had worms in it and from that day forward i never ate it!!! Gross!!! So therefore my nieces and nephews don't eat it as i wiggle my fingers at them like worms whenever pork is mentioned haha!

On Christmas day we normally go to my Godparents and we normally have Pork and Turkey (I don't eat either) so my Godmother always makes me beef or chicken.  I'm like the difficult child! 

However at my cousins childrens birthday my aunty did a slow pulled pork dish which everyone had in a bap with apple sauce! I was starving so thought oh its worth a go! Well i now love pulled pork!!! Granted i still can't bear pork chops but pulled pork is my new fave meat!!!

I don't normally do the roasts in my house - Nick is so much better so here is his favourite recipe from Jamie Oliver!!!! I hope you really enjoy this easy dish! Nicks trick is prepare pork and pop in over early doors then go to golf knowing he has enough time not to worry!

The best things about this dish are its easy, fool proof, can be used for a roast, bar b q, party, lunch in a bap or dinner! perfick

J xxx

Serves 4-6


  • 2 kg higher-welfare shoulder of pork, bone-in, skin on
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red onions, halved
  • 2 carrots, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 2 sticks celery, halved
  • 1 bulb garlic, skin on, broken into cloves
  • 6-8 bay leaves
  • 600 ml water or organic vegetable stock

Preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7.

Place your pork on a clean work surface, skin-side up. Get yourself a small sharp knife and make scores about a centimetre apart through the skin into the fat, but not so deep that you cut into the meat. If the joint is tied, try not to cut through the string. Rub salt right into all the scores you've just made, pulling the skin apart a little if you need to.

Brush any excess salt off the surface then turn it over. Season the underside of the meat with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Place your pork, skin-side up, in a roasting tray and pop in the preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes, until the skin of the pork has started to puff up and you can see it turning into crackling. At this point, turn the heat down to 170°C/325°F/gas 3, cover the pork snugly with a double layer of tinfoil, pop back in the oven and roast for a further 4 and a half hours.

Take out of the oven, take the foil off, and baste the meat with the fat in the bottom of the tray. Carefully lift the pork up and transfer to a chopping board. Spoon all but a couple of tablespoons of fat out (save it for roast potatoes!).

Add all the veg, garlic and bay leaves to the tray and stir them into the fat. Place the pork back on top of everything and return to the stove without the foil to roast for another hour. By this time the meat should be meltingly soft and tender.

Carefully move the meat to a serving dish, cover again with tinfoil and leave to rest while you make your gravy. Spoon away any fat in the tray, then add the water or stock and place the tray on the hob. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to scrape up all those lovely sticky tasty bits on the bottom of the tray. When you've got a nice, dark gravy, pour it through a sieve into a bowl or gravy boat, using your spoon to really push all the goodness of the veg through the sieve. Add a little more salt and pepper if it needs it.

Serve the pork and crackling with your jug of gravy and some lovely roast potatoes (As a treat, you can try roasting them in the fat you spooned out of your roasting tray. Some stewed red cabbage and a dollop of apple sauce will finish this off perfectly.)
Thank you Jamie Oliver - your cooking rocks our world haha! xxx

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