So “Project Toddler Room” is still under way with a vengeance. I am taking no prisoners ………….. but the sun was out and the kids needed to be aired, so we skived off for a couple of hours this morning and made the most of the sunshine.
So the rest of the day was playing catch-up …….. thankfully dinner was in the bag – or rather dinner was in the slow-cooker.
I scored some reduced pork shoulder at the weekend – only about a third off but still enough to make me a happy Mummy – as you can see, quite a lump of pork for £4.32 …………………. destined for my favourite slow cooker recipe, Pulled Pork.
SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK
- Piece of pork
- 2 onions
- Dry rub – 1 teaspoon each of garlic salt, oregano, chilli powder, chilli flakes, cumin and coriander with 2 tsp salt.
Slice up the onion into 1cm thick slices
Use them to create a base in the slow cooker to sit the pork on.
Gaze lovingly at your reduced piece of pork …………………. honestly it feels like Christmas!!!
Rub the dry spices all over the lean and fat of the pork – really massage it in to make it to stick.
In my case I needed to squeeeeeeze it into my slow cooker
The lid only just fitted – but it did. No need to add and liquid – the pork will produce enough on its own.
So on it goes at low – sometimes I do this overnight for 10 hours or so ……….. but this one was popped on at 8am and we will eat tonight at 6pm, so plenty of time to get it lovely and meltingly tender.
After 8 -10 hours lift the joint from the cooking liquor and place it in a large bowl. Cut off the thick fat – mine is being rendered down in to crackling and lard for cooking in the oven right now.
Using two forks you should now be able to pull apart the cooked joint into the softest juiciest shards ……………… this is the pulling part.
When you have shredded the whole joint mix through a ladle full of the cooking liquor to moisten up the shredded pork. Do yourself a favour though and make that ladle half and half fat and jus ……………….. the fat is where the flavour and the unctuous “mouth-feel” is.
Tonight I served the pork as a filling for wraps – so sides of guacamole, grated cheese and chopped veggies………………. all of which I can eat on Sugah’s plan.
What I can’t eat are the wheat wraps – so I ripped up some huge cos lettuce leaves to scoop up all the fillings. Face it – its all about the fillings anyway isn’t it???
Seriously yummy for me – the crisp lettuce is a perfect foil for the juicy pork BTW …………. I didn’t miss the tortilla wraps at all.
Fistfulls of yumminess!!!!! Mind you the kids still munched their way through three wraps each …………………. think the pork hit the spot for them both.
How much did we eat – about a quarter of the joint between one adult, one hollow-legged teenager and a hungry toddler.
The rest is in the fridge to make some other quick meals over the next few days – so not only a gorgeous treat over several meals, but pretty frugal too.
More money to finish the toddlers room with
So what are your suggestions for using up our left-overs??