Fast Slow Food: 1-hr Pulled Pork

pulled pork

Craving pulled pork but don’t have all day to cook it? Pressure cooker to the rescue!

1-hr Pulled Pork

(Adapted from the Fagor pressure cooker recipe book)

OK, 1 hr is only the cooking time, marinating the meat takes some more time. But with this shortcut method, delicious pulled pork can be prepared in only 3-4 hours, from raw meat to sandwich.

3.5 lbs pork shoulder (bone-in)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tbsp dried chili flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tbsp kosher salt
4 dashes liquid smoke

I combined all the spices and the liquid smoke in a bowl and whisked everything together. Then I cut the shoulder into four pieces and rubbed everything thoroughly with the spice mixture. I vacuum sealed the meat and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours (longer would probably be better, up to 6 hours).

Once the meat was marinated, I combined the following ingredients in the pressure cooker:

1 cup apple juice1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 onions, diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 chipotle in adobo, whole
1 tbsp adobo from the chipotle can

I added the marinated meat, closed the pressure cooker and brought it up to pressure on high heat. Once the pressure lid locked, I lowered the heat and let it cook for 55 minutes.

I strained the meat, catching the sauce in a large bowl. After pulling the meet apart with two forks, I poured the sauce into a saucepan, brought it to a boil, pureed everything with an immersion blender and thickened it with 1/2 cup water and 3 tbsp potato starch.

We had the pulled pork for dinner on homemade hamburger rolls with coleslaw that Virginia had made in the morning.

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