Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions Recipe

Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions

I have never pulled pork before, neither have I pulled a pig, and this is my second time eating pulled pork. Quite a simple dish to prepare, and the outcome is outstanding. 

The recipe I used suggested using pork shoulder or tenderloin but I used chops and it worked perfectly. I think just about any cut of meat will work. The tougher cuts like pork leg may take longer to cook and produce a much more juicier outcome.

I  reduced the amount of ingredients by 6 to get a single serving size, and cooked it in a ramekin. This was convenient and mess free.

I adopted the recipe from Cooking in Stilettos

1 pound chops (I used Svensk Rapsgris Kotlett)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1½ tablespoons turbinado or brown sugar 
1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves  garlic, minced 
1/3 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch salt and pepper
1/3 cup chili sauce (or BBQ sauce)
½ teaspoon minced chipotle chili in adobo

1.      Heat oven to 160°C/325°F
2.      Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
3.      Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes
4.      Add sugar and cook until the onions are a rich golden brown, stirring continuously, about 6 to 8 minutes.
5.      Add the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for another minute.
6.      Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Cook until the vinegar is mostly evaporated, about 1 minute.
7.      Remove from the heat and stir in the chili sauce and chipotle chilies.
8.      Place pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, add sauce and cover with aluminum foil
9.      Bake until a fork inserted in thickest part of pork can be twisted easily and meat shreds off with little resistance, about 3½-4 hours.
10.  Alternatively, instead of baking, you can cook the pork in a slow cooker on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours
11.  Once the pork is done, transfer it to a cutting board and shred using two forks. Add the sauce and mix.

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