Food & Drink

How to Make Baller Pulled Pork

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Recipe by Jun Robles, chef de cuisine, Oven and Shaker

Here's what you need:

  • 4lbs pork shoulder cut into large chunks
  • 6 strips of your favorite bacon, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 ancho chiles
  • 2tbsp cumin, ground
  • 2tbsp coriander, ground
  • 3tbsp chili powder
  • Enough chicken stock to submerge all of it
bacon
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As you should do with most things, start by frying up six strips of bacon. As you shouldn't do with most things, chop it into little bits and set them aside. Save the grease.

pork shoulder
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4lbs of pork shoulder ideally, pork butt if not available.

pork shoulder
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Chop the shoulder into huge chunks.

searing meat
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Turn the burner up high and, using the bacon grease, sear the meat on each side for a few seconds until it's brown on the outside.

chicken stock and pork
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Drop the meat into a pot, then hit it with four chopped ancho chiles, six smashed garlic cloves, 2tbsp each of cumin and coriander, and 3tbsp of chili powder. Then drown that ish in chicken stock.

simmered pork
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Cover the entire concoction and simmer on low heat for about 2hrs, or until it's tender enough to fall apart when poked with a fork.

pulled pork
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When it's ready, strain out all the juices, transport the meat to a bowl, then just start jamming forks in it until it's all shredded. (Psychologist's Pro Tip: Now is a good time to expel all your demons! Just let it all out!)

Salt to taste, then pile that pork onto slider buns or over a mound of nachos.