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Spicy Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

The taste of this this dish will explode in your mouth, filling it with spicy goodness that makes you want more and more.

First of all, you will need a crock pot for this dish, secondly you will need time. This is a slow dish, it means you will spend at least 1,5 days preparing it, but with very little actual work, so all is well. The recipe is based on one I read years ago, hence I cannot recall the source, but thanks to whoever showed it to me back then.

Dry Rub
5 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teasoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Brine
1/4 cup salt (55g)
4 cups cold water (1 Litre)
1/4 cup brown sugar (55g)
1 or 2 large onions cut in rings
4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
4 bay leaves
A generous dash of white vinegar

Miscellaneous
1,5 kg or 6 pounds of pork shoulder (for up to 6 grown ups, all can be easily scaled up or down as required)
3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1/2 cup cold water (125 ml)
1/3 cup Sriracha sauce (113 g)

Rub
Mix the brown sugar, salt, freshly ground pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika, put aside.

Brine
Add the salt to the cold water, add about 1,5 tablespoons of the rub, brown suger, onion rings, garlic and the bay leaves. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Add the meat and cover. Leave in fridge overnight.

Enter the pork
Remove from the fridge about 2 hours before putting it into the crock pot.

Drain the brine, keep the pork and onion rings. Dry the pork with paper towels. Mix the mustard and Sriracha sauce. Use a silicone brush to spread the mix all over the pork,then start rubbing in the rub after you sprinkled it all over the meat making sure it all sticks nice to the pork. Put the onion rings into the crock pot, add the water and place the meat on the onions.

Cook on low for 11 hours. Turn the heat off and remove the meat from the pot and cover it with aluminium foil and let it rest for about 40 minutes in the oven at low temperature. The meat will fall apart when you look at it, but it will be tender, moist and delicious! Pull the meat apart using two forks. Eat it while hot.

You can eat it with salad or as my resident Canadian expert +Mellie B advised, eat it with creamy coleslaw in a bun. The meat can be preserved in the fridge and gently re-heated.

Enjoy!
  
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Glorious Pulled Pork....;)
 
Looks fab mate, well done. Nice Dune reference BTW. I know someone else around here who would appreciate that, but I can't spell his name.
 
Thank you +John Lewis :) this is just a guilty pleasure that happens to taste good. Because I know how well you cook, your compliment is extra special! 
 
Thank you +Dirk Reul. We're having roast leg of pork again tomorrow. I feel the need to do something beyond the standard with it, now. :)
 
+John Lewis your dishes are always beyond standard but feel free to up one me on this :)

+Annie Yim let's see what the other ladies have to say :P

+Andrew Clifton-Brown thank you so much I shouldn't tell you but, it tastes even better 
 
+Dirk Reul I wouldn't go to that much effort. I don't think I will be able to up one cooking pork for 11 hours, it's surely going to be as tender as you can get.
 
Maybe I've seen dune a few hundred times too many to realise it was something to point out ;)
 
We are simply way too steeped in quotes :) I love it 
 
Psst ladies... don't worry, change of title, same job!
 
as long as he's still equipped in the kitchen... :)
 
It's getting a bit steamy in here. ;)
 
+John Lewis this is not the rest time :) but they only want my food. I'm just a means to an end :P well, at least that is what they tell me 
 
It's not just men whose path to the heart lies in food. They just have to figure out if you're a feeder first. ;)
 
+Anna Robertson Davis If you are jealous that means you want to stop him doing it. So the idea is to sabotage his cooking when you get him in the kitchen then. I see! ;)
 
Thank you dear +Anna Robertson Davis I would love to make a big portion for you, your hubby and Andrew and T :) we'll work on that! 
 
I had that the wrong way round, envy is the more negative of the 2. I'm going off, grumble grumble
 
I believe there is a silent "s" and "h" in there too, Dirk. ;)
 
+Dirk Reul I'm sure I speak on behalf of +Andrew Clifton-Brown and our respective otherhalves when I say I gladly accept your offer :-D - i'll get out my food bib in preparation!

+John Lewis , I have a feather duster I could use to distract him with (in a tickling capacity, however if he's any good at cleaning as well...)
 
I think he does dust weekly :p
 
Pictures of Dirk with apron and duster, please! ;)
 
Whatever I answer now, will only hasten my demise... <_<

Uhm I, you know... 
 
I'll expect you round next tuesday, then - and you'll have to bring your own rubber gloves.
 
Now that sounds a bit wrong :P
 
So what was your profession again and why isn't it a chef and/or food photographer? So yummy!
 
I wonder why everyone seems to want photos of Dirk in specific outfits/poses?... hmmmm.......
 
I have no clue, must be the enigma... 
 
Ever going to oblige? (raises an eyebrow)
 
I like to be an enigma for now :) 
 
You could still dress up and do the poses and remain anonymous... wear a gimp mask?
 
Haha, always back to my fantasies... boys really do have a one track mind! (she said hypocritically after her 'smut' comment)

In all honestly, the photos of your food are just fine. If I had to choose between a photo of you or your food, def go for the food. ;)
 
+Yoon-Mi Kim it is the better choice :)
Thank you for the compliment though. 
 
YUM! I am so making this.
 
I'm all for pork exploding in my mouth +Dirk Reul, but 1} that recipe hada lotta words in it and 2} it was an f'n recipe! Do you have a restaurant in Chicago? Make house calls? How about a really big slingshot? ...God that would be sexy...a slingshot filled to the brim with spicy pork aimed right at my mouth ( ^ . ^ )
 
+LAURIE WADE Sorry for the late reply, G+ failed to notify me. This one is only available in Germany I'm afraid, so you might have to get yourself in a plane and drop by, give me some advance warning and I'll bake a cake as well :)
 
Are accommodations included +Dirk Reul? I must warn you, I've hopped on a plane for goofier reasons ;0)
 
I have a couch that can be turned into a bed :) But I am concerned that my cooking might not make a trip worth your while :P
 
i want one.
can you make me one and deliver it to new zealand :))
 
Ha, no worries +Dirk Reul, it's Germany! Thank you kindly for the sofa...that turns into a bed. I love sightseeing
( ^ . ^ )
 
"The taste of this this dish will explode in your mouth, filling it with spicy goodness that makes you want more and more."

JPIIMM
 
Yes.. you caught that one, didn't you? :P
 
...you brought this on yourself with your saucy wording and devilish cookery....
 
I am a very, very bad cook. I know. 
 
I feel like I should send you an apron in addition to the pyrographic creation I'm to make...
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