Matt's Recipe Book

Pulled pork

Prep time15 minutes
Cooking timeabout 4 hours

Pulled pork is pretty easy to make on the hob – just leave it to cook slowly and check in every half an hour until it's falling apart. Make sure it doesn't dry out – you might need to top it up with some extra liquid.


  • Large pan with lid


  • 1000g boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500ml apple juice, cider, or other sweet liquid
  • 250ml barbecue sauce


  1. Combine the sugar, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, then rub all over the pork shoulder. Place in the pan then pour in the liquid.
  2. Cover with a lid and turn on the hear. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to a minimum and cover. Turn occasionally, and cook until the pork is falling apart – topping it up with a little more liquid if required.
  3. When it's done, remove any skin or large chunks of fat, then shred the rest of the meat using two forks. Add the barbecue sauce and liquid smoke, and stir to combine. You can tweak the flavours a little bit here too – add some vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup etc.
  4. Serve with coleslaw, cornbread, bread rolls or as a general barbecue side.