PULLED PORK; PASTA SAUCE & SANDWICH...
I love meat! And i'm ready and willing to try out almost any meat recipe i can lay my hands on.
I'd bought a massive rack of pork ribs and after chopping up and grilling the rib-rib part of it, i was left with this chunk of meat that even my meat cleaver couldn't hack into so i decided to cook the sucker down and have it 2 ways just for the heck of it! Ha!
2Kg Pork Ribs
1 Chopped Onion
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Coriander
Garlic & Ginger
Salt & Pepper
Put your pork into a nice big pot, add your onions and all of your spices and about 4 cups of water. Turn the heat to medium and go watch a movie...or 3...or whatever will take 4.5 - 5 hours.
If you are using a pressure pot, make it about 5 cups of water as you won't be able to open the pot and top up as desired. Also, cut the cooking time down by half.
After 3.5 hours our pork has started breaking down but isn't quite there yet. Top up with another cup of water if need be. Taste for seasoning and cover.
After another 60 - 90 minutes, the meat has fallen clean off the bone! Ha! What bone? :p
Pour 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a pan and add chopped onions and allow to sweat down.
Add blended tomatoes, pepper and garlic and allow to cook down. About 10 minutes.
As the sauce continues to bubble and thicken, add a healthy serving of your pulled pork to it and turn down the heat. Allow to cook for another 7 - 10 minutes to allow all the flavours marry and the tomatoes cook properly.
While that is going on take the skin off the pork, cut it up into little pieces and deep fry for a mouth filling, crunchy, fun "snack".
Now, a trick i learnt from my former Filipina colleagues (who eat pork everyday of every week) is, while the skin is frying, from time to time CAREFULLY splash a little bit of water (just from your finger tips) into the oil. It causes the oil to boil hotter and helps crisp up the skin to cracking. This frying process should take about 10 minutes.
Serve pulled pork sauce with spaghetti and cracklings, topped off with grated parmesan cheese.
Pulled Pork Sandwich:
Slice open your burger bun and lightly butter both sides and toast.
Layer with lettuce and slices tomatoes.
Heap on a healthy serving of warm pulled pork.
Top with a slice of cheese (the heat from the pulled pork will melt the cheese beautifully...mmmm...)
Cover with top bun and enjoy!
I went through all of this 'cos i couldn't hack into a piece of meat. Lol.