3 Easy meals you can make with pulled pork

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3 Easy meals you can make with pulled pork, plus easy oven roasted barbecue pulled pork recipes.
Pulled pork is delicious, hearty, and surprisingly simple to master. With just a few spices and some low and slow heat, the simple pork butt (that’s the shoulder, by the way) gets magically transformed into tender, juicy pulled pork. There’s only one problem with pulled pork: it takes forever to cook, as in 6 to 12 hours. Still, with a little planning, you can make pulled pork one day and eat it as make ahead meals the next day and the next day and the next day.

First, though, let’s talk about how to make the pulled pork itself. 

Oven roasted or barbecue pulled pork recipe

There are several ways people make pulled pork, including in the oven or on the barbecue pit. Pulled pork made either of these two ways will give you delicious results, but there is something about barbecue pulled pork that makes it special. However, barbecue pulled pork takes 90 minutes per pound of pork. That means a decent size butt will take 12 hours before it becomes BBQ pulled pork. 

Oven roasting the pork butt takes only about an hour per pound before you have delicious pulled pork and more people feel comfortable running their oven for long periods of time rather than their grills. The following recipe gives cook times for both recipes and also uses minimal spices so that the pulled pork may be used on several dishes.

Pulled Pork

Ingredients:
1, 6 or 7 pound pork butt
2 tablespoons each salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 4 cups chicken broth

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Make shallow incisions in the pork shoulder and coat liberally with the spices.
3. Grease an oven-safe cooking dish with olive oil, then put the pork butt in the baking dish. Pour in about a cup of the broth and put the pork shoulder in the oven. 
4. Roast until the pork has reached about 170 degrees in the oven. This will take about 6 to 7 hours, but check the temperature periodically to prevent over-cooking and to add more broth, which will steam the meat.
5. When the pork is done, shred the meat with two forks.

Barbecue (grilled) pulled pork recipe variation

Directions:
1. Make shallow incisions in the pork shoulder and coat liberally with the spices.
2. Start a fire in your grill. Heap all of the coals in your grill onto one side and put a bowl with the broth on the other side. Oil the slats above the bowl with the olive oil and put the pork on them.
3. Cook for 90 minutes per pound, or until the pork has reached an internal temperature of 170 degrees.
4. Shred with forks.

Now that you have your oven roasted, or barbecue pulled pork, how are you going to fix it?


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Meal 1: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw
This is by far the simplest meal, but you spent all day yesterday cooking pulled pork, so you deserve a break. Buy coleslaw, BBQ sauce, and buns. Heat the pork with the BBQ sauce, top with coleslaw, and serve as sandwiches.

Meal 2: Pulled Pork Tacos
This will be a quick meal as well. Reheat the pork with a little olive oil and some enchilada sauce, if you have any. Serve with refried beans, warmed corn tortillas, rice, white cheese, and green salsa.

Meal 3: Pork Fried Rice and Pork Egg Rolls
You should be about at the end of your pulled pork, but you should have enough for this fried rice with homemade egg rolls. To make the fried rice, first start with leftover white rice (or make new if you don’t have leftovers). Next, put two tablespoons of oil in a skillet or wok and cook the rice with soy sauce, pulled pork, sliced green onions, and peas.

Here is the recipe for egg rolls:

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 head of cabbage
1 carrot shredded
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon ground ginger
8-ounces pulled pork
1 egg
Egg roll wraps
Oil for frying

Directions:
2. In a skillet or wok over medium high heat, add the oil and let it get hot. Then add the cabbage, carrots, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook until the cabbage is wilted. Add the soy sauce and ginger and continue to cook.
3. Finally, mix in the pulled pork and let it get hot. Set the mixture aside to cool.
4. Beat the egg with water to make an egg wash.
5. Lay out the egg roll wraps and brush all sides with egg wash. Add a heaping tablespoon of egg roll mixture near one side, fold two of the edges over the filling and roll like a burrito. Repeat with the other wraps.
6. Fry the egg rolls in 350 degree F oil until they are golden brown.

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