How to make Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Spicy Pulled Pork

Spicy Pulled Pork – allergy free and easy to make!

Pulled pork is wonderful in everything from sliders, to hot dog buns, to freshly made bread. There are many versions of pulled pork, this is a spicy one that’s delicious with apple sauce and mayonnaise.

You can make pulled pork using many cuts of pork. If you have a rolled pork loin roast you can use the flat section to make Crispy Asian Pork Belly and trim the fat away from the loin to make lean pulled pork; you can use an entire pork shoulder roast (bone in, skin on) – the only real limitation is the size of your slow cooker!

Ingredients

  • 1 pork shoulder (approx. 2kg / 4-5 pounds)
  • 1-2 brown onions (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Dry Rub
    • 1/4c brown sugar
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1T paprika
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground pepper
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • pinch thyme
  • 170g tomato paste (or 2 cups BBQ sauce)

Allergies: gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, nut free.

Directions

  1. In the slowcooker, create a layer of onions and garlic. Gently pour in the chicken broth.
  2. Combine the dry rub ingredients. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and then rub the spice mixture all over it.
  3. Place the pork on top of the bed of onions. Slow cook for 6 – 8 hours on High or 8 – 10 hours on Low (until the pork is tender).
  4. Time to shred the pork!
    • If you are using lean pork, you will be able to pull it apart and shred it (using two forks) inside the slow cooker. You may want to mix in 1T of butter (or 1-2 Tablespoons of a neutral oil like Rice Bran Oil). You can either remove some of the excess broth or turn the slow cooker to High (lid off) to help the broth reduce down.
    • If you are using a bone-in roast, remove pork to a chopping board. Remove and discard the bone and any large chunks of fat. Shred the pork using two forks. Strain the liquid from the slow cooker into a bowl. Place the onion, garlic, and pork back into the slow cooker. Use a spoon to skim and remove the fat off the strained liquid; slowly add the strained broth back into the pork until is just moistened.
  5. Mix in the tomato paste (or BBQ sauce). Taste and season with salt as desired.

 

I like to serve my spicy pulled pork on thick slices of freshly made Ancient Grains bread with apple sauce, grated cheese, and Butterhead lettuce. If you’re looking for inspiration on different ways to use your pulled pork – check out these 20 Delicious Dinners!

 

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Mediterranean Lamb for the slow cooker


Ingredients

  • 400g lamb (small cubes)
  • Marinade:
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 2 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 tsp tumeric
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp coriander
    • 1 tsp garlic flakes
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1-2 T oil
  • 2T plain flour (or superfine white rice flour)
  • 1-2 T tomato paste
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 large carrot (grated)
  • 1-2 T tomato paste
  • Dried dates, dried sultanas, dried apricots (or use 1/2 – 1 tin apricot halves).
  • Flaked almonds
  • 1/2c chicken stock

Directions

  1. Marinade the lamb overnight in the fridge (I marinade mine in the ceramic slow-cooker pot).
  2. In the morning you can brown the meat if you want but I always skip that step for sake of convenience and dishes!
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients in order and mix as you go. The exception is the apricots, I used tinned apricots (because they’re cheaper) and they can get added 30-60 mins before you finish cooking.
  4. Turn the slow cooker on. I put mine on around 8am on Low and then checked it periodically to add a little more water (I wanted to keep the consistency to thick gravy but you can add more liquid as per preference).
  5. Serve with your choice of carbs and veggies. If you’re in a rush then couscous is very quick, or you could choose rice or noodles; personally, I love the opportunity to make fluffy dumplings in the slow cooker so I made a double batch of cheese-garlic-mixed herb dumplings 🙂

 

As always, adjust the recipe to your personal taste. You can easily add more meat or a legume of your choice (i.e. chickpeas); don’t be put off by the long spice list if you don’t have all those in the pantry, there are lots of spice blends available at the supermarket if you prefer.

Allergens: Soy free (do check the chicken stock carefully though or use home made), dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free.

 

Beautiful fluffy dumplings

Accredit to: French Tart.

I stumbled upon this recipe one day when looking for something to add to a slow-cooker stew and they were beautiful! The secret is using really cold butter (chilled or frozen) and grating it into the flour.

Ingredients

  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 60g chilled/frozen grated butter (or suet)
  • Cold water to mix
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • Optional: parsley, dried herbs, grated cheese, garlic granules, onion powder, chilli powder etc.
  1. Put the flour, seasonings, & suet in a large mixing bowl, mix thoroughly.
  2. (If you are adding herbs or extra seasonings, add them now & mix well.).
  3. Add sufficient cold water – bit by bit – to make a pliable dough; it should not be too sticky, but just bound together.
  4. Divide the dumpling mixture into 8 portions, and roll into small balls with floured hands.
  5. Drop them into your soup, casserole or stew 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time, making sure that the soup, stew or casserole is very hot.
  6. Put the lid on IMMEDIATELY and do NOT take the lid off until just before the end of the cooking time, about 15-18 minutes to check that they are nearly ready.
  7. They should have doubled in size at least, and be very light & fluffy looking!
  8. Ladle the soup, stew or casserole into warmed soup bowls & serve 2 dumplings per person.
  9. Oven baked: place the dumplings on top of your stew or casserole and cook for about 30 minutes at 200’C or 400’F, or until well risen, golden brown & crusty.

 

Allergens: soy free, egg free, peanut free.