Pulled Pork

Hello Dear Reader,

I have resisted this recipe for a very long time. Pulled pork in an Aritisan bun seems to be for sale everywhere! I’ve never bought it but it’s now time to try it. I’m so glad I did, this is sticky, unctious and feels like proper dirty food. The salad has made this just about healthy! If you want to be less virtuous, then eat yours with spicy wedges and some blue cheese mayo. 

Here’s what I used

1kg shoulder of British pork joint – £2.89 from Aldi
The rest? I just made that up as I went along.

In my crock pot, I added

5 heaped tablespoons of soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
1 teaspoon of chopped ginger
2 heaped teaspoons of smoked paprika
1 finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
6 tablespoons of ketchup.
1/2 cup of water.
salt and pepper

Stir together and roll the boned and rolled shoulder of pork in the mixture.

Switch the crockpot onto low and leave all day whilst you go to work.

When you get home, remove the pork shoulder from the crockpot, cut the string holding the joint and together, remove the skin and using forks, pull the meat apart.

I replaced the meat in the slow cooker to keep warm after I had removed the cooking liquor and reduced it in a saucepan. I then returned the much reduced sauce to the crock pot and went off and had a cup of tea and a sit down for half an hour. 

As you can see, I served it with salad.

On a different note, I had a #stoptober hiatus today and toddled off around the charity shops. More out of a nose than anything else. I love tunic tops and could do with some more for work…..I found one and splashed out the massive sum of £3.99. Any way, I digress! In one of the shops, they had a retro style, country kitchen cream with autumnal fruits, slow cooker for sale……for flippin’ £24.99. As I was paying for the tunic top, I told the manager that you could buy a new slow cooker for around a tenner and her pricing was a joke. She did say that she didn’t know what they cost and I suggested the best price for it in the shop was a nice tidy fiver and no more! I saw loads of nice clothes but resisted, especially as some of them wanted almost twelve quid for a dress! They get the stuff for free, they don’t pay any tax or business rates and most of the staff are volunteers. They are extracting the urine!!!!

Never mind the nonsense, if you get to Aldi PDQ they still have the kilo joints of shoulder of pork for sale for £2.89 and it will easily feed a family for four! Whilst you’re at it, try my pulled pork, make it up as I went along recipe. 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


24 thoughts on “Pulled Pork

  1. Ooh, I so agree with you about charity shop pricing, Froogs. Well done for speaking your mind to the manageress! I've heard the argument that people don't/shouldn't mind what they pay because it's 'for charity'. Yes it is, BUT the people who shop in charity shops are LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN! They are not going to pay over the odds whether it's for charity or not. Also, it is sound business sense to get the stuff rolling off the shelves, which it will if the price is fair/tending towards the lower end on the spectrum.


  2. BBQ pulled pork. Now your talking my language. 🙂 I do the same with chicken. My southern USA hubby loves BBQ and grilled meats. Tunics and leggings are my go to outfit. I am tall and if I am correct so are you. I stand 5'11″ and tunics are not always tunics so I am always on the look out for one long enough to cover the tush. When I was on holiday in the Netherlands I found leggings long enough for me and grabbed many pairs and several colors.


  3. Pork looks lovely. My favourite pork recipe is something similar called Carnitas (recipe here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/crispy-carnitas/#axzz3GFRzuCWd) It would probably work in a slow cooker too though I've never tried it.

    And I couldn't agree more about Charity Shops. I have stopped donating to a lot of the ones near me because of their prices. I want the charity to benefit but I also would like a local person who is hard-up to get a bargain. In our local Oxfam I have seen second-hand Primark clothes priced more than they would be brand-new – it's bonkers! No more donations from me I'm afraid. I'll give it to a charity that charges reasonable prices instead.


  4. We love pulled pork! Hubby makes it . He makes what I call a damp rub – dry rub spices with a little cider vinegar and water – then he rubs it all over the pork and puts it in the fridge over night before plopping it in the crockpot. It's heavenly! And we pig out on it – pardon the pun with vinegar based coleslaw and brioche buns


  5. Hi Froogs.
    lush recipe,As fort he charity shop pricing I hear you. There are 3 that I no longer go into scope YMCA and the st Luke one at the top end of town. in my view there prices are INSANE! Argos slow cooker http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2592279.htm just over the tenner mark. in fact I have stopped shopping in charity shops altogether. There is a P.D.S.A, Banardos and the small st Luke which are my main port of calls. There has to be something VERY tasty in the others to draw me in. I try and make what I want now, using the money saved back for a long term goal or an event I have been invited to.This year has been so expensive and there is a couple of killer events next year. that Christmas will be home made and gentle.I don't know about anyone else but I'm fed up of shelling out because its expected, no longer in my back yard. Annie I hear you!


  6. Excellent point about charity shops, and something we have been finding for some time. The charity shops in Fenland are not too bad, but head a little further into more affluent areas and the prices sky rocket! This recipe looks really lovely, and I shall keep it in mind for when DD18 is home from uni at Christmas as DD15 who is at home with me cannot eat pork. I think it is something DD18 would love – thanks xx


  7. Agree about charity shops. It's so rare to find a bargain in my town, unless you're looking for furniture. The pricing is ridiculous, especially if you just want something to pick apart for sewing!

    I made a similar recipe to the above last year, but with (reduced) chicken wings. Pulled chicken doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but it was delicious!


  8. As a volunteer in a charity shop I totally agree with all your comments. We have been told that we are a business first and a charity second, we even have targets to meet. Shop managers do not have much control any more and the area managers have little or no regard for the volunteers, especially the older ones. They want the shop floor to look like a boutique and would rather rag stuff than sell it off cheaper. All the shops must now conform to area management for pricing, and with fewer volunteers there are fewer ideas bounced around, and less time and incentive for shop managers to fight their corner. Write to the head offices of our national charities expressing your concerns. Charity shops can only exist with our support as volunteers and customers, and both should be treated with respect.


  9. I have that Crock Pot. It is not retro, but was sold within the past 5 years (might still be available). And, because it doesn't have a timer, it only cost $10-$12 US. BYW, I cook my pulled pork only in its own juices and add bottled barbecue sauce at the end. This is not only easier, but allows me to use the leftover pork for other things.


  10. Charity shops in this neck of the woods seem OK – I tend to only go into Oxfam these days though as I donate all my unwanted stuff there, get £5 M&S vouchers for any M&S clothing I donate, which I use at Christmas and for school uniform. I have also linked a nectar card so any sales in the shop earns me nectar points and as I am a tax payer I have also signed a Gift Aid declaration so they get more money – don't tar all charity shops with the same brush! I like being able to donate in this way as it satisfies my concious without feeling guilty as money is tight and I made a decision a few years ago that I would only donate to one 'human' charity and one 'animal' charity and I have stuck by this. I have found it very easy to say 'no' many many times………………I have even sent back school raffle tickets!!

    Pulled pork: – I use a can of full fat coke in mine!


  11. Yummy, that looks like a recipe my hubby would enjoy. Good for you speaking to the manageress too, many times I have felt that clothes in our local charity shop are too expensive – especially when people can buy new from Primark and Supermarkets for less! X


  12. We also have to watch the charity shops, this one is good on furniture but high on clothing, and that one is the opposite. I used to live near one I volunteered at and it was a constant struggle between the ladies who wanted to charge more and those (like myself) who said we have a lot of stuff, lets turn it over! Think it really matters who makes the decisions, seems the nationwide guys are higher while the local charity is a little lower. Keeps me checking and comparing and out of the bars I suppose! 😉


  13. My husband and I have always looked in charity shops to buy items, our latest buy was a pair of curtains for £10 which had blackout linings in them ( a bargain I thought) but often the things are priced far too high, I agree with the comments.
    Whatever happens to the people who cannot afford the charity prices and are in real need? and do the shops in the area know who these people are and help them, I do hope so.


  14. I agree with you about charity shop prices. There are only a few I bother with now. They must sell few items because they charge too much, in my view. On the other hand I bought some nice jeans this morning in one for £2.50. Better than £30 new 🙂



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