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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Yield: 12 sandwiches

Ingredients

For the Pork:

6 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
Scant tablespoon onion powder
Kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper
1 10-to-12-pound boneless pork shoulder or Boston butt, rinsed and dried
12 soft hamburger buns, split
Coleslaw, for serving

For the Barbecue Sauce:

2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Directions

If using a gas grill, preheat to high on one side; put soaked wood chips in a smoker box. Once smoking, reduce the heat to maintain a temperature of 275 degrees F and cook the pork, covered, on the cooler side of the grill.

Rub the pork

Make the Neelys’ go-to barbecue seasoning: Mix the paprika, sugar and onion powder in a bowl. Transfer 3 tablespoons seasoning to a separate bowl, add 2 tablespoons salt and 3 tablespoons pepper, and massage onto the pork. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. (Reserve the remaining barbecue seasoning.)

Prepare the wood chips: Soak 6 cups wood chips in water, about 15 minutes, then drain. Don’t oversoak, or the wood will snuff out the fire.

Light the grill: Fill a smoker or kettle grill with charcoal and light. (Pat uses lighter fluid; you can also use a chimney starter.) When the coals are mostly white, spread them out with tongs. Spread 1/2 cup of the wood chips over the coals (use 1 cup for a kettle grill). The temperature of the grill should be about 275 degrees F.

Cook the pork: Place the pork fat-side down on a rack in the smoker or on the grill. Cover and cook, rotating the pork every hour or so, until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees F, about 6 hours total.

Feed the grill: As the pork cooks, add more charcoal and wood chips to keep the temperature between 250 degrees F and 275 degrees F and to maintain the smoke level.

Make the sauce: Meanwhile, mix the ketchup, 1 cup water, both sugars, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, the onion and mustard powders, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, corn syrup and 1 tablespoon of the reserved barbecue seasoning in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, at least 2 hours. Let cool, then reheat on the grill when ready to use.

Shred the pork: Transfer the pork to a rimmed baking sheet (you’ll want to catch all the flavorful juices) and let stand until cool enough to handle. Shred into bite-size pieces, pile on a platter and pour any juices from the baking sheet on top.

Make the sandwiches: Mound the pork on bun bottoms, paint with a little barbecue sauce, top with slaw and cover with the bun tops. The best sandwich ever.
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Pork and Tomatillo Stew

Ingredients

2 Tbs. canola oil
1 boneless pork loin, about 1 1/2 lb, cut into 2-inch chunks
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. mild chili powder
1 Tbs. ground cumin
Pinch of dried oregano
1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups (14 fl. oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
3/4 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
1 can (28 oz. diced tomatoes, thoroughly drained
1 lb. (500 g) tomatillos, husked, rinsed and cut into 1-inch dice
Hot-pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Corn tortilla chips for serving

Directions

Place a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot over high heat and add the oil. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper. Add to the pot and sear on all sides until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Add the onion, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes.

Add the jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and the 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the flour, stir to make a paste and cook for 1 minute more. Whisk in the broth and bring to a simmer. Add the carrot, potatoes, tomatoes and tomatillos. Cover partially, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the pork is very tender, about 45 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a plate. Increase the heat to medium-high and continue to simmer the stew until thickened, about 10 minutes. Shred the pork with 2 forks. Return the pork to the stew and season with salt, pepper and hot sauce.

Ladle the stew into bowls, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with tortilla chips. Serves 4

The ingredients are cut into bite-size pieces so that the distinctive flavors of the vegetables — tomatillos, tomatoes and carrots — shine through. When serving cheese aficionados, sprinkle each bowl with shredded pepper jack
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Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)

The real deal Chinese barbecue pork is cooked over charcoals, with the meat hanging on hooks. But for us ordinary folks, you can still make Chinese barbecue pork at home that tastes just like store bought, it just has less smokey flavour.


Servings: 6-8 people

Ingredients

Marinade

1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar (white also ok)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce (Note 1)
1 tbsp soy sauce (Note 1)
1 tsp five spice powder (Note 2)
1 tbsp oil (vegetable or canola) (Note 3)
2 tsp red food colouring, optional (Note 4)

Cooking:

2.4 – 3 lb pork scotch fillet (collar neck, pork neck) OR pork shoulder (Note 5)
2 tbsp Extra Honey

Instructions

Mix Marinade ingredients in a bowl.

Cut pork in half horizontally to make two long, flat, thin pieces (better flavour penetration).

Place the pork and Marinade in a stain proof container or ziplock bag. Marinate 24 to 48 hours (3 hours is the bare minimum).

To Roast:

Preheat oven to 320F.

Line a tray with foil and place a rack on top (recommended but not critical).

Remove pork from the marinade, save Marinade. Place pork on rack.

Roast for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour reserved marinade in a saucepan. Mix Extra Honey into marinade. Bring to simmer over medium high and cook for 2 minutes until syrupy. Remove from heat.

Remove pork from oven. Dab marinade all over, then turn. Baste then roast for a further 30 minutes.

Remove pork from oven. Brush with marinade again, then turn, brush with marinade and roast for a further 20 minutes. If charring too quickly, cover with foil.

Baste again on surface then bake for a further 10 minutes until caramelised and sticky. Meat should be tender but not falling apart, like with pulled pork. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with rice and steamed Chinese greens. See notes for more uses.

Recipe Notes

1. The light soy sauce adds a touch more salt to the marinade, the balance I like. But it’s fine to use all light soy sauce or all ordinary soy sauce. Do not use dark soy sauce (flavour is too intense).

2. You can get Chinese five spice powder (a mix of spices) in the herb and spice section of supermarkets and it isn’t any more expensive than other spices. You can substitute the Chinese five spice powder with 1 tbsp extra hoisin sauce BUT you should reduce the sugar to 1 tsp, otherwise it will be too sweet.

3. Or other neutral flavoured oil.

4. The red food colouring is to make the pork red, like you get at the Chinese barbecue shop. This is optional. Authentic Char Siu uses red bean curd for colouring and a touch of flavour – it can be found at Asian stores, use about 2 tbsp of the liquid and no red food colouring.

I use the marinade in this recipe more frequently than the authentic version because I can get all the ingredients at the supermarket and it has a slightly more intense flavour – makes up for absence of charcoal in this home version.

5. I used to make this with pork tenderloin (Note 6) but I’ve moved to scotch fillet roast and pork shoulder because they are ideal for longer cooking to get amazing caramelisation and the pork is incredibly juicy inside. Scotch fillet is also known as Pork Neck, Pork Collar or Pork Neck Collar. This is what Chinese BBQ shops in Australia use.

Pork shoulder is also ideal – beautifully juicy. If using pork shoulder, using boneless, skinless and trim off most of the thick layer of fat on the surface. Then cut into long thin pieces, like pictured in post with the scotch fillet.

You want thin slices about 1″ thick to get the best flavour penetration from the marinade.

Some people also make this using pork belly but I find that too oily for my taste for this particular recipe.

6. Pork Tenderloin cooking directions (photo here of how it looks): Roast at 350F for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 – 160F. Around halfway through roasting, baste generously with the reserved Marinade. Sort of dab it on so you get as much Marinade on the pork as possible – this is key for getting the thick, glossy glaze. Then flick to broiler/grill on high and broil for a few minutes until surface is charred and glossy, basting once or twice.


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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos


Servings 8

Ingredients

1 pork shoulder or butt roast (about 3 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
1 orange, halved
2 cups barbecue sauce
12 6-inch flour tortillas
Sour cream
Guacamole
Lettuce, shredded
Red onions, cut in a fine dice

Instructions

Generously season the pork with salt and pepper. Combine the oregano and cumin with the olive oil and rub all over pork.

Place the pork in a 6-quart slow cooker. Top with the onion, garlic, and jalapeno.

Squeeze the orange over all the ingredients and add the two halves to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Remove the pork from the slow cooker and, using two forks, shred the meat and place in a bowl.

Place barbecue sauce in a skillet over medium heat. When warm, add the shredded pork and stir to coat.

Pile the pork onto soft flour tortillas and top with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and red onions.
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Japanese Gyoza (Dumplings)


Gyoza (Japanese Dumplings) – A traditional Japanese recipe. Plus a Video to learn how to wrap them.
Servings: 40 – 45 pieces

Ingredients

Filling

1 1/2 cups green cabbage, very finely chopped
1 tsp salt, separated
1 lb ground pork (mince) (fattier the better)
1 cup garlic chives, finely chopped (Note 1)
1 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cornstarch / corn flour
2 tsp soy sauce

Gyoza

1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch) – for tray
40 – 45 round wonton (gyoza) wrappers (Gow Gee wrappers) – 1 1/2 packets (Note 2)
3 tbsp vegetable oil (or other cooking oil)

Dipping Sauce

Soy sauce
Rice wine vinegar
Chili oil (Rayu is Japanese chili oil)

Instructions

Combine cabbage and 1/2 tsp salt in a small bowl, then set aside for 20 minutes to allow the cabbage to wilt slightly.

Place remaining Filling ingredients (including remaining 1/2 tsp salt) in a large bowl. Squeeze out any excess water from the cabbage and add to the bowl.

Use your hands to mix the Filling.

Sprinkle a baking tray with 1 tsp of cornstarch / cornflour.

Place 1 gyoza wrapper on your palm (left hand for right-handed people). Dip your finger in water and run it around the edge of half the gyoza wrapper (to seal).

Place 1 slightly heaped tbsp of Filling on the wrapper. Fold wrapper over and use your right hand assisted by your left hand thumb to create 4 pleats. Press to seal and place on the tray. Repeat with remaining wrappers. (See video for demo)

To Cook

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet (that has a lid) over medium high heat.

Place about 12 gyoza in rows, slightly overlapping each other. Cook until the underside is light golden, then pour 1/3 cup of water around the gyoza and place the lid on.

Cook until the water has completely evaporated (so the golden underside is not wet and soggy) and the wrapper is slightly translucent on top – about 3 to 4 minutes. (See video)

Use an egg flip to transfer onto a plate upside down i.e. golden side up.

Serve with Dipping Sauce.

Dipping Sauce

Serve each ingredient separately so people can mix according to their taste. I use about equal portions of soy sauce and vinegar with a generous splash of chili oil.

Recipe Notes

1. Garlic chives is the authentic way to make this but if you can’t find any, you can use either normal chives or the green part of shallots/scallions + 1 garlic clove. The flavour is not exactly the same but it is pretty similar.

2. Round wonton wrappers are also referred to as Gow Gee and Gyoza wrappers. They are available at Coles and Woolworths in the refrigerator section alongside noodles (usually next to tofu, pasta / lasagna sheets).

They usually come in packs of 30 so you will need 2 packets.

3. Freezing: In an airtight container, place raw gyoza in a single layer and top with cling wrap (for extra air tightness / or multiple layers). To cook, cook from frozen using the same method, just add a splash of extra water and cook for 2 minutes longer. It won’t burn the underside because you add a bit of extra water.

Refrigeration: Same as frozen but won’t require longer cook time / extra water.
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Pork Chop Marinade


Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 bone in pork chops, 4/5″ thick about 9 oz each (Note 1)
1 tbsp oil

Marinade:

1/3 cup soy sauce (light or all purpose, not dark)
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

Place Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag. Massage to combine.

Add chops. Massage to coat in the Marinade. Marinate for 1 – 24 hours. (Note 2)

Take the chops out of the fridge 20 minutes before cooking.

Brush BBQ grill or drizzle oil in pan, heat on medium high. Add pork and cook for 4 minutes or until the underside is caramelised and the pork releases from the grill, then turn the chops and cook for 3 minutes (Note 2 for thin chops).

Baste both sides with residual marinade in ziplock bag, then cook the basted side for 30 seconds before serving. The chops should have a great crust.

Transfer chops to a plate, cover loosely with foil. Rest for 3 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

1. I used thick, bone in pork chops that were just under 1″ thick. On the bone, slightly trimmed but not much, I like keeping some fat on the edges to keep the pork really juicy. This recipe will work with any quick cook cut of pork – chops, steaks, even tenderloin.

2. Minimum marinade time:
* Thin chops: 1/2″ thick – 1 hr+
* Thick chops 4/5″ thick – 3 hrs+

Cook Time for just white (juicy, no pink, reduce by 1 min for hint of blush):

* Thin chops – 3 minutes first side, 2 minutes second side, then 30 seconds on each side for basting.
* Thick chops – 4 minutes first side, 3 minutes second side, then 45 seconds on each side.

If your chops are thicker than the Thick Chops, then I’d recommend starting on the stove and finishing in the oven at 350F until the internal temperature is 145F.

3. Troubleshooting / tips: Once you put the chops on the BBQ, DON’T TOUCH IT. Once it is cooked, it will release naturally from the grills. If it sticks, it’s not ready to turn. If your chops are cooking too quickly and start to burn because of the sugar in the marinade, turn the heat down. Remember, these chops are meant to have a gorgeous chargrilled crust.
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Vietnamese Caramel Pork


Servings: 4

Ingredients

1/2 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
1 tbsp water
2 lb pork shoulder (butt) or boneless skinless pork belly, cut into 1.2″ pieces (Note 1a)
1 1/4 cups coconut water (Note 1b)
1 eschallot / shallot, very finely sliced (Note 2)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp white pepper

Garnishes:

Red chilli and finely sliced shallots/green onions

Instructions

Place sugar and water in a large pot over medium heat. Stir, then when it bubbles and the sugar is melted (it looks like caramel), add the rest of the ingredients.

Stir, then adjust the heat so it is simmering fairly energetically. Not rapidly, not a slow simmer (I use medium heat on a weak stove, between medium and low on a strong stove).

Simmer for 1.5 hours, uncovered. Stir once or twice while cooking.

At around 1.5 hours, when the liquid has reduced down and the pork is tender, (see Note 3 if pork is not yet tender), the fat will separate (see video).

Stir and the pork will brown and caramelise in the fat.

Once the liquid is all gone and it’s now stuck on the pork pieces, it’s ready.

Serve over rice, garnished with fresh chilli and shallots. Simple pickled vegetables are ideal for a side because the fresh acidity pairs well with the rich pork.

Recipe Notes

1b. Other proteins/cuts: This recipe is suitable for slow cooking cuts of pork like shoulder/butt and belly. Please don’t try this with tenderloin or loin – it will be too dry, there is not enough fat in those cuts.

This recipe will also work great with beef – use slow cooking cuts like chuck, gravy beef and brisket. I don’t think the flavours will work with lamb. And I’ve now shared the chicken version – Vietnamese Coconut Caramel Chicken (it’s stickier / saucier).

1b. Coconut water is different from coconut milk. It’s more like a whitish water, and it tastes salty / sweet, and not really of coconut at all. It’s sold at supermarkets here in Australia in the drinks aisle – it’s popular for “healthy” smoothies and the like, and costs $2 – $3 (Asian stores are cheaper).

This recipe does actually work great with coconut milk as well, and I’ve since shared a coconut milk version using chicken – Vietnamese Coconut Caramel Chicken.

2. Eschallots are also known as French shallots / French onions and look like small onions. Don’t get too hung up on this – you can even use normal onions. Just finely chop 1/4 cup. Eschallots are good because they are more delicate than normal onions so they add the flavour but dissolve into the sauce.

3. Pork Tenderness: The variable in this recipe is the time it takes for the liquid to reduce down vs pork being tender. If your pork is not quite tender enough by the time the braising liquid is almost evaporated, just add 1/2 cup water and keep cooking.

4. Simple Pickled Vegetables: Use a carrot peeler to peel ribbons from 1 carrot. Slice 2 cucumbers. Place 1/2 cup rice vinegar (or cider vinegar), 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tbsp white sugar in a bowl, stir. Add carrot and cucumber, stir. Set aside for 20 minutes until the vegetables soften then drain. Coriander/cilantro and mint are great additions to a simple pickled veg like this. Serve with pork.
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