Cravings | Saucy, Savory & Tangy Pulled Pork
Saucy, Savory & Tangy Pulled Pork
  • SERVES: 8–10
  • PREP: 20 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 8 hours, 20 minutes (including minimum resting time)

Hands down the best, most fall-apart-tender pork ever.

For the pork and rub:

  • 1

    (3-pound) boneless pork shoulder

  • 6

    tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1

    tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1

    tablespoon paprika

  • 1

    tablespoon cumin

  • 2

    teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    teaspoon chili flakes

For the braising liquid/sauce:

  • 3

    tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1

    jumbo onion, thinly sliced

  • 1

    apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • cup tomato paste

  • 2

    cups low-sodium beef broth

  • ½

    cup apple cider

  • ½

    cup white wine (or more cider or water)

  • cup dark brown sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1

    tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 ½

    tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1

    tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½

    teaspoon chili flakes

  • 1

    bay leaf

For the Japanese cucumber salad (optional topping):

  • 6

    Persian cucumbers (about 1 pound), thinly sliced into rounds

  • ¾

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2

    tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar

  • 1

    teaspoon hot sesame oil (such as Dynasty brand)

  • 1

    teaspoon sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon dashi powder

  • 1

    teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

For serving:

  • +

    Hamburger buns for sandwiches or steamed white rice

  • +

    Kewpie mayonnaise

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