You all might think I’m crazy for posting a recipe without a photo of the ‘finished’ dish.
Do you know why?
Because, this is serious love right here.
Now, here’s how this whole thing went down…
As I lifted the lid after nearly 3+ hours of braising, I was hit with the incredible smell of slow-cooked pulled pork that had been spreading its amazing aromatic juicey-ness throughout the entire house (did I mention it was for OVER 3+ hours?) and I placed it on the cutting board to shred, by then… my senses were on sensory overload.
And, the very first thing I thought when I put a bite-sized sampler of this juicy, flavorful pulled pork in my mouth and the spices exploded was “OMGosh, this would taste amazing in Pork Tacos!” or “Quesadillas! or Nachos! or Chimichangas! or TACO SALAD, for pete’s sake!”
This was quickly followed by exclamations of “BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, “White Beans & Ham Soup!”
And, the next thought came equally as fast and furious, but with a dreaming quality.
Yet, it whispered.
“Can you just imagine how heavenly these would be in a Cubano Sandwich?”
After that, my creative brain shut down as it was peppered with the measureless amount of possibilities and hungry tummy took over.
Clearly it was time to do less talking and more eating. My favorite part!
So, after much sampling as I lovingly shred the pork into succulent bite-sized pieces (hey, I was shredding with two forks…it WAS convenient) I somehow managed to prep this Cubano Sandwich that I popped into the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
If your hopes have been dashed by not seeing the finished product, don’t let them ~ let this be an opportunity for you to open your creative culinary mind to the measureless possibilities of recipes filled with mouthwatering, moist, flavorful, lip-smacking pork. I’d love to hear your ideas!
So, grab two forks, shred, get creative and enjoy.
Or…just place fork in mouth.
Scotch Ale Beer Braised Pulled Pork
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
- 3.5 lb Pork butt
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 44 fl ounces Scotch Ale Beer
- Mix all dry rub ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Rinse and pat dry pork. Rub generously with dry rub.
- In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil until very hot. Sear all sides of the meat, until evenly browned (roughly 10-15 minutes).
- Pour the beer over the meat, add the minced garlic and cover and reduce heat to medium low.
- Cook for 2 1/2 - 3 hours, turning the meat over periodically. Cook until meat is tender and falling apart.
- Remove meat and let rest on a cutting board for roughly 3-5 minutes. Shred using two forks. Return pork to the braising liquid and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the meat from the dutch oven and discard the liquid.