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Four Ways With Pulled Pork

With apologies to any vegetarians in the room, we have stumbled upon these traditional words of American kitchen wisdom: ‘There isn’t an animal on earth that isn’t made better with one-third brown sugar, one-third salt and one-third smoked paprika.’ Which neatly sums up the irresistible deliciousness of pulled pork.

This is a true barbecued classic, from a melding of Spanish flavours and Indigenous cooking techniques – pork cooked long and slow over fire until the meat is so meltingly soft it can be pulled apart with two forks. It’s a staple in America’s Carolinas, where they don’t even call it pulled pork, but simply ‘barbecue’, and serve it up with ‘pig sauce’ (the people of the Carolinas don’t waste their words where food’s concerned). 

If you were to make this for yourself, as well as 24 slightly stressful hours of prepping and cooking, there’d be serious decision-making needed… Which spices for the sweetest dry rub? Which wood for the perfect smoky flavour? Shoulder or Boston Butt for that melting porkiness? Civilisations have fallen, and MasterChef contestants wept, over such pressing matters. Fortunately, Dinner Ladies will deliver to your door a generous serving of spice-rubbed, slow-roast pulled pork in a tangy, sweet barbecue sauce.

You might love it packed into a warm milk bun with crunchy coleslaw, or in a crisp taco with shredded lettuce, pickled jalapenos and guacamole. It’s one of the most versatile dishes on our menu - with an order of our slow-roast pulled pork in home-made barbecue sauce in your freezer you've got a multitude of easy Tex-Mex dinners at the ready. Below are four of our favourites. Grab yourself an avocado and a lime, too – all taste even better with a dollop of creamy, tangy guacamole. 

The following recipes serve 4 people.

Pulled Pork on Rice with optional black beans, corn, sour cream, guacamole and chilli

Pulled Pork On Rice

The simplest bowl of food, but what a feast for the eyes. Pulled pork with black beans, sweet corn and tomatoes over rice. Dress it up with sour cream, guacamole and chilli. 

Ingredients

4 cups of steamed rice
1 cup of canned black beans (optional)
1 cup canned of fresh sweet corn (optional)
120g sour cream
2 tomatoes, chopped (optional)
1 small Dinner Ladies pulled pork with barbecue sauce

Instructions

Heat the pulled pork as per the label and serve on top of steamed rice of your choice.
Scatter with black beans, corn and diced tomato and top with dollops of sour cream and guacamole (all optional. Delicious on it’s own with rice and squeeze of lime)
Add fresh chopped coriander and chilli if you like.

Pulled Pork on a Baked Potato with cheddar cheese and sour cream

Pulled pork on baked potato

A little bit Tex-Mex, a little bit 1970s retro – old-style baked potatoes stuffed with pulled pork, grated cheddar and chopped green chilli. Top with guac, sour cream, coriander and lime.

Ingredients

4 large potatoes, approximately 220g each (brushed, Desiree, Sabago)
½ cup sour cream
80g of grated cheddar cheese.
Pickled jalapenos or 1 chopped green chilli (optional)
Fresh coriander leaves
1 small Dinner Ladies pulled pork with barbecue sauce

Instructions

Rub the potatoes with olive oil and sea salt and bake in a 200 degree oven for 1-1.5 hrs. For a quicker cooking time, skewer the potatoes about 6 times each and microwave for 10 minutes or until softening. Then bake in a 200 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until the skin is crispy and the potato is soft when skewered.
Heat the pulled pork according to the label.
Cut a cross in the top of the potato and squeeze to open.
Top the potato with grated cheddar, Dinner Ladies pulled pork, extra cheddar and sour cream.
Also delicious with chopped pickled jalapeno, guacamole and garnished with fresh coriander.

Loaded Nachos

loaded nachos

Equally perfect with Friday night drinks or as a family TV supper. Any dish that combines pulled pork, corn chips and melted cheese will always be a hit in our kitchen. 

Serves 2 as main or 4 as a snack!

Ingredients

200g plain corn chips
200g grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup canned black beans
1/2 cup canned sweet corn kernels
1 small Dinner Ladies pulled pork with barbecue sauce

Method

In a baking tray or oven proof platter, layer all ingredients.
Repeat the process and top the second amount of pulled pork with extra cheese.
Cook in a 200 degree oven for approximately 20 mins until the nachos are heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbling.
Serve with Guacamole, sour cream, pickled jalapeno and fresh coriander.

Pulled Pork Quesadillas

pulled pork quesadillas

Fill soft tortillas with pulled pork, black beans, sweet corn, sour cream and pickled jalapeños. Toast in a sandwich press while you mix up a jug of margaritas.

Ingredients

8 soft tortillas (we used 6-inch)
120g sour cream
1 cup canned black beans (optional)
1 cup canned wweet corn (optional)
Pickled jalapeno or chopped green chillies (optional)
1 small Dinner Ladies pulled pork with barbecue sauce

Method

Spread each tortilla with sour cream.
Layer one side of the tortilla with DL pulled pork, grated cheddar cheese, optional beans, corn and chilli.
Fold the tortillas over and toast in a sandwich press or fry over a low to medium heat in a fry pan.
Serve with guacamole.

quesadillas

PS. All of these dishes are even better with guacamole. So here's our preferred guac recipe.

Our quick and easy guacamole recipe

1 ripe avocado, mashed
1 clove of garlic crushed
A generous pinch of salt
A generous grind of black pepper
Juice of half a lime
Combine all of the guacamole ingredients and taste for seasoning and balance

Order our pulled pork with barbecue sauce here.