You never go wrong with this sandwich – BBQ Pulled Pork and Beetroot Slaw.
A bit like the cupcake and cake pop frenzy that happened a couple of years ago, the latest food trend to capture our hearts is American BBQ food; the most notable of which has to be pulled pork. There is deep-rooted division when it comes to perfect piggy porcine bliss, there are so many people that will reel in disgust at what I’m doing as much as there will be those who will be delighted.
It’s something I have been worrying over the past 24 hours or so, thinking have I done it right? Have I put the right spices in the rub? did I add too much salt to the brine? Should I have brined at all!? These were all thoughts whizzing through my porcine infested mind. All of this was alleviated when I broke it down in my head as to what pulled pork actually is; a very slowly cooked joint of pork shoulder.
Everything else is up to you with regards to flavors, and with that in mind I relaxed a bit more knowing what I had concocted was going to be delicious. I don’t claim my recipe is the holy grail of pulled pork, neither do I claim it’s the best way, all I know is it turned out very well indeed. It was sweet, sticky and spicy with all those dark crusty ‘burnt ends’ adding extra texture to an already sumptuous thing.
I can’t lie, this dish was a long time coming. I submerged the pork in the brine last night, I was then up at the crack of dawn – thanks to a cooing pigeon right outside my bedroom window – to rub the spices in before cooking for 7 hours. The result, however, was worth it in my opinion, and apart from ‘waiting’ there is little else to do.
I wanted something crisp and refreshing to go with it, so I created the beetroot slaw that turns a fetching electric pink when combined with the other ingredients, a winner in its own right if I do say so myself. The BBQ sauce is optional, you could use a ready-made jar if you so wish, but it’s much more gratifying making your own.
If you make my BBQ Pulled Pork with Beetroot Slaw, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
Brine Ingredients 1 liter of apple juice Dry rub ingredients 3 dessert spoon smoked paprika Beetroot slaw Ingredients 1/2 red onion finely sliced BBQ sauce Ingredients 1/2 red onion finely diced Brine Instructions: Dry rub and Cooking Instructions Beetroot Slaw Instructions BBQ Sauce Instructions Final Instructions Try out our BBQ Pulled pork with beetroot Slaw Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make BBQ Pulled pork with Beetroot Slaw
100g dark brown sugar
100ml cider vinegar
2.5kg Joint of pork shoulder, bone in.
1 dessert spoon garlic powder
1 tsp crushed fennel seeds
2 dessert spoons dark brown sugar
1 dessert spoon cayenne pepper
1 dessert spoon salt
1/2 white cabbage finely sliced
1 medium-sized fresh raw beetroot coarsely grated
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 dessert spoons cider vinegar
5 dessert spoons mayonnaise
salt and black pepper
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp crushed fennel seeds
50g dark brown sugar
25ml Worcester sauce
300ml tomato ketchup
1 dessert spoon cider vinegar
1 liter of apple juice
Dry rub ingredients
3 dessert spoon smoked paprika
Beetroot slaw Ingredients
1/2 red onion finely sliced
BBQ sauce Ingredients
1/2 red onion finely diced
Dry rub and Cooking Instructions
Beetroot Slaw Instructions
BBQ Sauce Instructions
Try out our BBQ Pulled pork with beetroot Slaw Recipe and post your results below in the comments…