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    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    Enjoy the perfect blend of sweet and savoury pulled pork, served over warm tortillas and guacamole.

    Difficulty

    Medium

    Serves

    6

    Prep Time

    10 minutes

    Cooking Time

    6 hours on high or 8 hours on low

    Pulled pork that’s meltingly tender needs very little prep and minimal effort if you employ your slow cooker. It is an essential gadget for those short on time and especially useful for creating family meals as if by magic. Pretty much any combination of ingredients works well when using your slow cooker – a balance of sweet and savoury is best when cooking pork. Make sure there’s enough liquid to come about halfway up the pork shoulder and if you wish to skim the fat use a gravy separator.

    Here's what you'll need...

    For the pork:

    900g boneless pork shoulder
    250ml chicken stock
    4 tbsp ketchup or tomato paste
    4 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
    2 red onions, peeled and sliced
    2 tbsp red wine vinegar
    2 tbsp honey
    2 tsp ancho chilli powder
    2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    Salt and pepper to season
    A little vegetable oil to sear the pork
    1 tsp cornflour, diluted with 1 tbsp cold water to thicken the sauce if needed

    For the chunky guacamole:

    Flesh from 2 ripe but firm avocados, cubed
    5 vine tomatoes, cubed
    1 red onion, finely sliced
    1 tbsp chopped coriander
    Juice of half a lime
    Dash Tabasco
    Salt and pepper to season

    Serve with:
    Small tortillas
    Chunky guacamole
    Sour cream
    Pickled jalapeños, finely diced
    Lime wedges
    Fresh coriander

    Here's how it's done...

    Step 1

    Season the pork with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a splash of vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Sear the pork on all sides until nicely browned. Set aside.

    Step 2

    Pan fry the onions and garlic in the same pan over low heat until softened.

    Step 3

    Stir in the remaining ingredients and continue to cook until combined. Transfer to the slow cooker container.

    Step 4

    Place the pork in the slow cooker, cover and set to cook for six hours on high or eight hours on low. Rotate the pork halfway through the cooking if you can.

    Step 5

    Remove the pork from the slow cooker and cover with foil. Leave to stand for 10 minutes then remove the fat layer and shred using two forks.

    Step 6

    If the sauce is too liquid – which can happen as the slow cooker traps all the steam – you can transfer to a pot and cook over high heat with a little cornflour until it has thickened.

    Step 7

    Mix the sauce with the shredded pork.

    Step 8

    Mix all the ingredients for the guacamole in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

    Serve the pork over warm tortillas with the chunky guacamole, pickled jalapeños, sour cream and lime wedges on the side.