16 February 2010

bbq pulled pork for my valentine

I present to you a photo essay that is both graphic & heartwarming, disgusting & tantalizing, ridiculous yet poignant. It's the Power of Love, as demonstrated by the preparation of BBQ Pulled Pork. By a girl who hates, nay loathes, the handling of raw & intimidating cuts of meat.

This is the pork shoulder, bought at the farmer's market from a stand promising "all natural lean pork product" and under the recommendation of a very knowledgeable man who guaranteed that this particular pig was happy in its life, because ya know, it was allowed to do pig things and wasn't all cooped up and sickly. So that's a plus. Although I'm guessing the pig was less-than-thrilled when he donated his shoulder to my Valentine's Day dinner.

Meat. Can. Be. SO. Disgusting. SO DISGUSTING. I made myself a drink to help with this stage of preparation.

Our BBQ dry rub spices. Approx 1-2 tbsp chili powder, 2 tbsp paprika, 1/2 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp allspice, 2 tsp garlic, 1 tbsp coarse sea salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp brown sugar.

And now it sits overnight in the fridge.

And then it sits ALL DAY LONG in the crockpot (with 1/4 cup water).

And then we eat it prematurely, thus explaining why it isn't really shredded here. But two hours later, it was perfect for some more nibbling. For those keeping count, it took 12-13 hours for this to actually become shreddable in the crockpot, not the 8 hours recommended by most recipes.

And that, plus a pint of Ben & Jerry's, was Valentine's Day!


  1. yum. hope it was as good as it looks! and that you became just as happy as that pig was during its life.

  2. Oh.... the things we do for love! :)

  3. heehee! I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like to touch meat! lol


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