We’ve been getting our meat on of late, and after we recently created a tasty slow cooked beer beef brisket dish for Easter, we’ve been busy in the kitchen again creating a pulled pork recipe with a wonderful cut of pork butt from the Lynas Food Outlet in Belfast. Rather than slow cooking the pork (as is often the norm with BBQ pulled pork), we got our pressure cooker out and cooked this pulled pork dish in less than an hour – that’s right, less than an hour! If you don’t have a pressure cooker you could slow cook the pork for 4 – 6 hours.
There’s quite a few ingredients but the recipe itself is easy to recreate as there are only a few steps as the pressure cooker does all the work for you. Check out the video at the end to see how easy it is to create these pulled pork sliders.
- 1.2kg pork butt / shoulder
- 3 small onions
- Splash olive oil to fry meat
- Baps of your choice
For the dry rub:
- 1 heaped tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 heaped tbsp garlic powder
- 1 heaped tbsp onion salt
- 1 heaped tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 heaped tsp dried thyme
For the BBQ sauce:
- 1 bottle beer
- 1 cup tomato ketchup
- 2 tbsp Worcester sauce
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 heaped tsp dark brown sugar
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 50 mins
Serves: 6 people
1. Prepare dry rub and apply to pork
Before you begin, wash and pat dry your pork. Set this aside and work on your dry rub. For this all you have to do is add the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion salt, mustard seeds, black pepper and dried thyme in a bowl and mix together. Sprinkle half the mixture on one side of the pork and rub in using your hand. Turn the pork over and repeat, until the dry rub covers all of the meat. If you want to, you could leave the meat in a fridge over night to let the flavours infuse, but this is not necessary as the pressure cooker will force the flavours through the meat.
2. Seal the meat and cook your onions
Once your rub has been applied to the meat, add it to the pressure cooker to gently fry for about 5 minutes in a splash of olive oil. Turn the meat halfway through cooking and make sure not to burn the dry rub. Remove the meat after 5 minutes and set aside. Now add the chopped onions to the pressure cooker and fry until brown. Add a bottle of beer to the onions and cook this for approx 5 minutes.
3. Make the BBQ sauce
Once the onions and beer have cooked off for 5 minutes, add the remaining BBQ sauce ingredients (ketchup, Worcester sauce, white wine vinegar and dark brown sugar) and stir together.
4. Add meat to pressure cooker and cook
Take the pork and add it back into the pressure cooker and seal the lid. Cook on a medium – high heat for 50 minutes. If time is an issue, cut your pork into smaller pieces. After 50 minutes release the steam (with caution) and remove the pork.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker you could cook the pork on a low – medium heat for 4-6 hours in a slow cooker (or place a casserole dish in the oven at a low heat and cover).
5. Pull the pork and enjoy
Using two forks, shred the pork and set aside. Now take the BBQ sauce that is left in the pressure cooker and pour it over the pulled pork. If the sauce is a little thick add a couple of table spoons of water and stir before pouring over your pork.
Mix the BBQ sauce through the pork and serve in a bap of your choosing, garnish and enjoy. We added cheese and coleslaw to our sliders and you could also serve with some sweet potato fries and a side salad if you wish.
These BBQ pulled pork sliders are easily prepared, don’t take a great deal of time and will not doubt be a popular choice with friends and family when served up at the dinner table. You could even serve the pulled pork as a topping for baked potatoes or in lettuce cups.