This is a variation on the Pulled Pork recipe I developed for Food52's "Best Pork with Apple Cider" contest a few months back. I usually cook meats like this in a slow cooker, so I've simulated that here by using a low temperature oven and lots of liquid. This sauce is both sweet and spicy, just the way I like it, and it's a pretty low maintenance recipe as you can leave it to cook overnight (or all day if that's more convenient). —WinnieAb
Test Kitchen Notes
I had the pleasure of making WinnieAb's Slow & Low Roast Pork this week. How she extracted a Memphis-Style barbeque from all those international grocery items is a mystery to me! The pork was succulent, tasty, spicy, sweet -- every flavor I love with pork. The recipe took 10 minutes to put together and 10 hours to cook -- 10 long hours, as the scent of this roast is enough to drive you crazy. I served it with celery remoulade and my sweet potato rolls. Delicious. - MrsWheelbarrow —The Editors
bone-in pork shoulder
course sea salt
bottle of natural ginger beer
pure maple syrup
brandy or bourbon
ketjap manis (dark and sweet Indonesian soy sauce)
large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
In This Recipe
Place pork in a large bowl. Mix the salt and sugar together and rub all over the pork. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients (except for the onions) and mix well.
Remove pork from the refrigerator. Have ready a dutch oven or other oven proof pot that will allow the sauce to cover at least half of the pork. I used an 8 qt. stockpot.
Place the sliced onions in the pot and put the pork shoulder on top. Pour in the sauce.
Place several pieces of foil on top of the pork, sealing in as much of the moisture as possible.
Cook for 10-12 hours, turning the pork several times during the process, if possible. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 20 minutes before slicing.
Serve slices of the pork with some of the sauce spooned over, and make sure to include some of the onions on the side.
I grew up in a restaurant family (my parents owned the now closed Quilted Giraffe in NYC) and I've always loved to cook.
My interest in the connection between food and health led me to pursue a graduate degree in naturopathic medicine. I don't practice medicine anymore; I have a blog called Healthy Green Kitchen that I started in May of 2009 and I wrote a book called One Simple Change that will be published in January, 2014.
I live in upstate New York with my family and many pets.