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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pulled Pork Barbecue for TFF

The recipe I wanted to try for this week's Tyler Florence Friday was a pulled pork barbecue recipe from Eat This Book (p 190). I've always been a big fan of pulled pork...though it's usually a summertime thing...or an awesome fall barbecue event! But hey...end of winter...why not? Tyler uses a shoulder or butt roast, a personal favorite of mine for any and every type of long, slow-cooked pork dish. Any changes that I made (there weren't many), will be written in a different color. This serves about 12 turn on March Madness and serve up some fun & satisfying barbecue pork sandwiches!
Pulled Pork Barbecue
adapted from recipe by Tyler Florence, Eat This Book
serves: ~12

Dry rub:
3 Tbs Paprika
1 Tbs Garlic Powder
1 Tbs Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Dry Mustard
3 Tbs Coarse Sea Salt
1 (5-7 lb) pork roast, shoulder or boston butt I actually used 2 separate roasts
Mix all in small bowl. Rub all over pork and marinate for as little as an hour or overnight (refrigerated). I marinated overnight
Preheat oven to 300 F. Put pork in roasting pan and roast for about 6 hours it took mine 5. Roast until it is falling apart, about 170 degrees F. 

While pork is roasting, make...

Cider-Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

1 1/2 c. cider vinegar
1 c. yellow or brown mustard
1/2 c. ketchup
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 (3) garlic cloves smashed
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Combine all in saucepan over medium heat. Simmer gently, stirring for 10 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Take off heat & let stand until ready to use. 

While pork is roasting, also make...

Spicy Slaw 
(yield 8-10 c.)

1 head green cabbage, shredded 3/4 head
2 carrots, grated
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 green onions, chopped 
1 fresh red chile, sliced green
1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. Dijon mustard
1 Tbs. cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
pinch of sugar
1/2 tsp. celery seed i used 2 tsp.
several dashes of hot sauce
sea salt & black pepper
i also added some chopped cilantro
Combine all veggies in a VERY large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the rest of the ingredients (except s & p) together. Pour over veggies and toss gently to mix. Season. Chill for 2 hours before serving.
Okay...when pork is done, take it out of the oven and put it on a large platter. Allow meat to rest for about 10 minutes. While it's still warm, "pull" meat with two forks. Put shredded pork in a bowl and pour half the sauce over and mix.
To serve, pile pulled pork onto a bun then top with slaw and top bun w/ more sauce on the side, if you wish.
***My thoughts on this recipe: I loved the pork itself. I liked the slaw, but didn't think it was "spicy" at all. I did not care for the barbecue sauce AT ALL! I kid you not, the sauce totally burned my nasal passages...I like vinegar...but this was far too much. It wasn't much of a barbecue sauce (okay, not the kind I like) at all. But, I knew this was going to be the case when it was cooking (more clearing of the sinuses), I actually only mixed up enough of the pork and barbecue sauce just to try it as written (basically). It was a very pretty sandwich...but I went ahead and mixed some of the pork with some BBQ sauce we had around the house for the rest of the sandwiches....and saved the rest of the pork for other meals. Yay! So, overall I liked the recipe...just not the sauce :( sorry Tyler.
Don't forget to head over to Tyler Florence Fridays to see more recipes from Tyler fans.

Would you like to comment?

  1. god that looks delicious. i love pulled pork. i never make it because nick isn't a fan, but i need to tell him to just suck it up.

  2. What! Not a fan? Not at all? Oh man...he is missing out :) Though I don't see anything wrong with roasting a small one and pulling it for yourself for a few different meals...

  3. lord have mercy girl, that looks GOOOOOD!!!!!!!!

  4. This looks amazing, pulled pork is one of my favorite things to eat!

  5. I'm not a fan of pulled pork-till now!! The sandwich looks really yummy! My Dad would love this!! Sorry you didn't like the sauce.

  6. Holy crap! Nice blog and photos! I love to cook and bake but I need to SEE what a receipe will produce. This is perfect. Thanks Much......peace

  7. In the Carolina where we live pulled pork is a big deal. Great debates and heated discussions go on across the two states as to whose BBQ sauce is best. On the coast their's is a vinegar based sauce and in western North Carolina it's tomato based. Parts of SC have a yellow mustard BBQ sauce. So there are three different sauces. And, of course, everyone thinks there is the best.

    The interesting part of this is Tyler is from South Carolina. It kind of looks like he tried to combine the three varieties into one sauce.
    Although slaw may sound strange to some people on the sandwich, it's not unusual to hear a restaurant ask "do you want slaw on it?" when you order a BBQ sandwich here.

    Looks like Tyler was going back to his roots, as they say. I enjoyed your frankness about your feelings on the sauce - very refreshing point of view. Terrific photos as always.
    Have a great Tyler Friday.

  8. This looks absolutely wonderful. LOVE all your photos, they came out beautifully. You make this look so delicious. I may have to try this for one of the TFF days. AWESOME!!

  9. I love to eat pulled pork sandwiches any time of the year! These look sooo delicious! And I love the spicy slaw - YUM!

  10. OH MY...this looks so good! I love hamburgers and Patty Melts topped with slaw too. I've got to try Tyler's Pulled Pork, it looks so good!

  11. Look at the colour on that pork! Amazing.
    I am a vinegar sauce gal - I will help you out with any and all leftovers!

  12. I love pulled pork sandwiches and yours looks awesome! I'm not a big fan of Tyler Florence recipes. :( Tried some and most of them were awful! I did TFF a few times and only one recipe turned out good.

  13. OH MY GOSH!!! Can I PLEASE have some??? I am starving and that looks like just the sandwich for me. WOW, thanks for sharing. I am going to try to make the pulled pork. I love the slaw!!

  14. i've never had pulled pork but think i would really love it based on your pictures!

  15. Glad you loved the pork. Too bad about the sauce. I am kind of picky on my sauces too--it has to be the right combo of flavors. Your pictures are great--drool inducing!

  16. That is a great thing to make for a crowd, and not a budget buster either.

  17. This is one fine BBQ sandwich! Topped with slaw, this is about as complete a meal as anyone could possibly want. Delicious!

  18. we made this at my house a couple years ago and i felt the same way about the sauce, i remember it being really mustardy or something. i definitely like sweet bbq sauce on my sandwiches. it looks great though!

  19. I love love love pork and that looks FABULOUS!