Like any mum, a fair amount of the weekend – especially Bank Holiday weekend – is spent in the kitchen putting together the perfect meal. It is a lot of hard work making sure that you feed your family and that everyone is happy. However, I was recently sent a hamper of goodies from Love Pork in a bid to #AchieveLazy last Bank Holiday weekend. And it worked.
I can’t tell you how much I love my slowcooker so, when I saw that the perfect pulled pork could be made this way, I have to say that I was extremely pleased. I was originally planning to cook it on Sunday but then I realised that the Eurovision Song Contest was on on Saturday evening and we needed a meal to go with it!
The hamper that I was sent consisted of a 6kg pork shoulder joint, a jar of wholegrain mustard, a jar of paprika, soft brown sugar, garlic, lime and some chillies. I certainly would have no problem coming up with something from that lot!
So, Saturday morning I spent around 15 minutes getting the pork ready for our meal. The stages were as follows:
- Remove the string and unroll the pork, pat dry with kitchen paper
- Mix 2tsp of salt with 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp paprika together and then rub into the pork
- Roll the pork back up
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan and then brown the pork on all sides
- Put the browned shoulder joint into the slowcooker and pour over 100ml apple juice
- Leave to cook for 8 to 9 hours on low.
- I then prepared some home-made lemonade ready for later (I have blogged the recipe for this previously)
And what did we do whilst this was cooking? You would have thought that our family would be out having fun over the bank holiday weekend but not us. We did something that we had been planning to do for a LONG time. We had the biggest clear out ever! We got rid of bags and bags of stuff we didn’t want or need any more and goodness, do we feel better for it. Then we went for a nice walk down to the town to pick up some dauphinoise potatoes and a raspberry pavlova to go with our dinner. Then we walked back again and played some rock band whilst the pork continued to cook.
Then, just before Eurovision, I was ready to finish off the preparation of our meal. The stages were as follows:
- Place dauphinoise potatoes and chips in the oven
- Remove pork from the slow cooker and wrap in foil. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
- Prepare home-made barbecue sauce (recipe below)
- Finish preparation of the lemonade
- In a pan blend the juices from the slowcooker with 1 tbsp of cornflour and 1 tbsp of water (I blend the cornflour with the water first so it doesn’t go lumpy). Heat for 20 minutes until thickened.
- Place the pork in a dish, pour over the thickened juices and then pull into chunky pieces with two forks
- Serve and scoff!
I left the barbecue sauce in a separate dish so that we could add to taste – and, boy, was it good!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 tsp tomato puree
- 1tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2-3 tsp muscovado sugar
- 300ml/10 fl oz water
- Heat the oil in a small, heavey-based saucepan, add the onion and garlic and gently saute, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until beginning to soften. Remove from heat.
- Blend the tomato puree with the mustard, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce into a paste and then stir this into the onion mixture and add 2 tsp of the sugar. Mix well and gradually stir in the water.
- Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Taste and add the remaining sugar if preferred. Serve hot or cold.
- If you want to be extra lazy, then use lazy garlic from a jar - like me!
The pulled pork was absolutely delicious and we were rather pleased to find that we had plenty left so we bought some rolls and had a bit of a table picnic in our lounge the following day.
For more information on the pulled pork rebellion go over to the Love Pork website where you will find lots of recipes and ideas to help you to #AchieveLazy.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, however, all words, images and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.