Trust me on this one, pulled pork is the easiest meal to make and it feeds an army. I use the whole pork shoulder cut, which is the cut above the picnic. It comes with a blade that provides extra flavor. Unfortunately, this cut is extremely fatty; however, in my directions you will discover that I remove a great deal of the fat and later replace some of it with a healthier fat, my basting oil which primary ingredient is olive oil. BONUS: TOMORROW RECIPE- PULLED PORK STUFFED PLANTAINS
Approximate Preparation Time: Season the pork the day before
Approximate Cooking time: 7-8 hours (remember, it cooks at a low temperature for a long time)
Approximate Total Cost: $18.14 (or $1.07/serving)
1- 9lb. Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast (a 9 1/2 lb. Pack cost me $14.39)
1/2 to 3/4 cups of Angie's Basting Oil (see the recipe below) ($2.00)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Angie's Dry Seasoning (provided in a prior post, below is the link) ($1.75)
These are all the ingredients that you will need to make this meal.
Start by removing as much fat as you can from the pork. (I removed approx. 2 lb.).
Place the clean pork in a foil pan or the pan of your choice that is not shallow.
Add the basting oil and the seasoning and rub well throughout. Let it rest overnight.
Roast at 280-to 300 degrees, the hours will depend on the weight of the cut, about 1 hour/pound. Since after removing the fat I ended up with approx. 7lb. I cooked my pork for 7 hours. The lower temperature or brazing is what does the magic.
HACK: This pork goes perfectly with corn on the cob, boiled potatoes with pesto and yellow rice. I did not figure these other ingredients in the cost because you may decide to use the pulled pork in Sandwiches, or in my case for other meal combinations.
Angie’s Dry Seasoning: http://www.angieslifehacks.com/family-life/oven-roasted-bacon-chicken-and-angies-seasonings
Angie’s Basting Olive Oil.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Approximate Cost: $3.54
Serve: Multiple Servings
8 oz. Olive Oil (@ Walmart: Pompeian Organic EVOO16 oz. = $4.98) (8 oz. = $2.49)
1/2 tsp. Parsley Flakes (.15)
¼ tsp. Cilantro Flakes (.15)
¼ tsp. dried Oregano (.15)
¼ tsp. dried Thyme (.15)
¼ tsp. dried Basil Leaves (.15)
¼ tsp. of Garlic Powder (.15)
¼ tsp. Rosemary (optional) (.15)
Clean an 8 to 10 oz. glass bottle.
Add all the herb ingredients and shake well.
Fill the bottle with olive oil (or your preferred oil; canola, vegetable, sunflower, peanut oil…)
Shake well and leave it at room temperature for few hours.
Shake well before using.
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