Easy Smoked Paprika Pulled Pork Recipe

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This recipe was given to me from my Uncle who got it from his friend in California. It's a great dish for parties, family dinners, or even keeping in the fridge and making sandwiches out of it!  I made it recently for my Mum's birthday dinner and it went down a treat so I figured why not share it so even more people can enjoy it? 

This recipe is in 2 parts that come together in the end, the meat, and the sauce. Please note that for the meat you'll prob have a fair bit of spice rub left over. Which you can use to season other meats, or store for next time. If you want cut it down to about half, you'd prob still have enough to coat your meat.  

For the meat and dry rub you'll need:
  • 1 shoulder of Pork (around 6lbs, and this should feed 4-6 hungry people if it's all you're serving, or could stretch to more if you're serving a combo of dishes/lots of bread/etc)
  • 1 cup Smoked Paprika (You could use regular if you can't find smoked, but I find there's a pretty big difference in taste and smell between the two)
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • A Pinch of Cayenne (or if you like it spicy, as this recipe is a little sweet, you can add in more)
For the sauce you'll need:
  • 1 inch / 1.6 tbsp Butter (it's an odd one I know, I just used 1 and a half tbsp as I can't get sticks of butter where I am, but someone on Reddit worked out what that would be in tbsp for me and 1.6 tbsp was just a little messy!) 
  • 2-3 White Onions (Finely chopped)
  • 1 cup Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (couldn't find it anywhere! So I used regular cider vinegar instead)
  • 3 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • A Pinch of Cayenne (again, add more if you're a fan of spicy)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar with a splash of Worchester Sauce (for basting)
  • White hamburger rolls / dinner rolls / flour pancakes / etc (for serving with)
  • Head of Iceberg Lettuce (keep the large leaves for serving in, shred the rest for salad)
Equipment used:
  • Sauce pan / large pan / wok
  • Large casserole dish
  • Oven tray with rack
  • Tin foil
  • Parchment / grease proof paper
  • Mixing bowls
  • Forks, spoons, jugs, bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Serving dish / platter
  • Oven and Hob
What I was listening to (because you need good cooking beats):
  • Imelda May - Love Tattoo / Mayhem
dopple2 years ago
I would definitely recommend leaving out the salt from the rub if you're marinating overnight. Salt dries out meat and will draw out all the moisture from the pork. Leave the salt until the last minute.
tclemmo2 years ago
Yum, I love pulled pork!
Nomnyomnom . . .
this looks yummy!
but what would be a possible paprika substitute?
paprika and i don't get along lol
codename-3c (author)  AussieAnglerGal2 years ago
I'm sure it's possible! There's usually a wide range of smoked spices available, you'll just need to chose what you think would work with the sweetness of the sauce. I've seen people on here using a BBQ rub, you could try that? But because that might be sweet already I'd cut out a ton of the sugar as my sauce gets fairly sweet from all the brown sugar. Maybe try making up little batches of sauce and see what works for you?

Let me know how it turns out if you do decide to fiddle with the recipe, I'd like to play with different spices myself in the future =D
ok thanks i might try this!
This looks absolutely amazing! The sauce sounds really yummy. :D
codename-3c (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you =D It is! I'm extremely guilty of bowl licking once the sauce was finished >_