With warm weather comes an increase in barbecue consumption, though if I'm being honest, I'm even more of a fan of Mexican chorizo than I am of pulled pork. But why choose between the two? Instead, bring them together by braising pork shoulder with chorizo spices, then shredding it like pulled pork. The crowning glory: a coleslaw made with corn, mayo, and cotija cheese, just like elote, the Mexican street corn.
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An easy oven-baked pulled pork recipe.
A triumphant search to balance the juiciest pork shoulder with a beautiful blackened bark, for a butt worth pitting against the big boys.
This simple pulled pork recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare, then set it and forget it in your crock pot. Sweet, tender, and delicious.
To get that great slow-cooked smokiness, the spiced and rubbed pork belly or butt is grilled over smoldering coals and wood chips until it gets all pull-apart-y. Tossed in a sauce of sweet-tangy cider vinegar, hot sauce, and chile flakes, our pulled pork is pretty darn close to the real-deal, even more so when topped with finely chopped coleslaw and served on that perfect kind of squishy white bread bun.
This isn't a sauce you'd baste on grilled chicken, but rather, as the name implies, it's used as a dip or topping. Tasted alone, it's harsh with a strong bite of vinegar and a heat that starts to border on excessive. Introduce it to pile of pulled pork though, and it's a match made in barbecue heaven.
There wasn't anything not to love here. The pulled pork was as smoky and tender as always, with the added tang and spice from the sauce, and the empanada crust was flaky and crisp. They'd be perfect for this weekend's couch marathon, AKA the Oscars.
I realize barbecue spaghetti sounds wrong. The authentic pasta lover in me scoffs at the heavy-handed sauce, while my barbecue side can't deal with the meat playing second fiddle to noodles. But while it may be "mutant barbecue," as it is called in the caption in this recipe from Mike Mills's Peace, Love, & Barbecue, that doesn't mean it isn't good.
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