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Low Stress Pulled Pork After The Holidays…
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! It has been super busy here these last few weeks, but we’re finishing this year off with some delicious reviews to get you excited for another year of kitchen inspiration! This time we’re back with a recipe for Braised Pulled Pork.
After the holidays, you may feel wiped out from cooking for yourself, for your family–or maybe you’re just tired of leftovers. Why not throw in some pulled pork into the mix? Sure, you’ll likely have some leftovers, but the possibilities with these leftovers are plenty!
This week’s recipe is by Our Salty Kitchen and the recipe can be found right -> here!
Slow And Low In A Dutch Oven
One of my absolute favorite kitchen tools is the Dutch Oven. It’s certainly not the most inexpensive piece of kitchen equipment, but it’s one that will last you a very long time. Cooking meat in a Dutch Oven is absolutely perfect. You can perfectly sear the meat to form a nice crust and then braise it for hours until it falls apart. This recipe for braised pulled pork is made specifically with the Dutch oven in mind. If you’re in the market for one–I highly recommend the Le Creuset brand for Dutch Ovens.
I ended up getting a piece of pork butt that was a little over 3 lbs. The recipe called for about 4 lbs to be braised in the oven at 300 F for 3 to 4 hours. Because mine was a little under 4 lbs, I braised it for about 3 hours and 10 minutes. Aside from adjusted timing, I followed all the directions, including removing the lid for the last hour of cooking.
Absolutely spot on.
I’ve made pulled pork before in a slow cooker, but this was just next level. I could barely pick up the piece of pork chunks because they were just falling apart. So incredibly tender and flavorful.
The searing is so important for the overall flavor of the pork. I use an oval-shaped dutch oven, so I cut the pork into smaller chunks so that I could sear them about two at a time. Yeah, it took a few extra minutes, but it made all the difference. Once all done, they all fit very comfortably in a single layer.
The beauty of cooking in a Dutch Oven is seeing all the flavor on the bottom. Don’t let that go to waste! And don’t worry about it looking like it’s burnt. Deglazing a Dutch Oven is incredibly easy.
Serving The Pulled Pork
The main star of this recipe is absolutely the meat, but how should you put this together to really make it shine at the dinner table? Obviously, you can make a pulled pork sandwich with some delicious coleslaw. That’s certainly what I did to start off. Knowing that I have leftovers, I do plan on making some pulled pork tacos using corn tortillas (keeping it gluten-free).
But in all honesty, you can do what feels best for you. Make a pulled pork burrito bowl, some tacos, or maybe even nachos! The possibilities are absolutely there when you have such a delicious recipe for pulled pork.
Speaking of flavor–this pulled pork is extremely tender, but if you’d like to add some bbq sauce on top or into the mix–go for it. Honestly, it’s just going to enhance the flavor.
So all in all, you can go the more expected route of making pulled pork sandwiches, or something completely different. Regardless you’ll be working with very delicious meat.
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
After the holidays, I always find myself needing a nudge to get back to cooking. This recipe not only inspired me but also excited me. Nothing makes me happier than being able to review a recipe that just WORKS. Sure, it’s good to have some duds along the way, so you know I’m actually being honest–but man, this one is GOOD.
This recipe for Braised Pulled Pork by Our Salty Kitchen is definitely one of my more favorite recipes for pulled pork. If I had a choice of cooking this in a slow cooker or a dutch oven, I would pick the dutch oven every time.
If you’re in the mood for delicious pulled pork at home, then give this recipe a try! It’s perfect if you want leftovers, or if you’re looking to feed more people. Absolutely a winner in my book!
Do you have a favorite recipe to make in a Dutch Oven? If so, share in the comments below!
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