Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

The magic ingredient to make this juicy pulled pork is simple: time. Gently microwaving pork for nearly two hours might seem like forever, but the result is unbelievably fork-tender pork that pulls apart to the touch. Plus, that's a fraction of the time that the oven or slow cooker takes.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

1 hour 45 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup (110ml) water or chicken stock
  • 2 lbs (900g) boneless pork butt or shoulder
  • Barbecue sauce, to serve


Preparation

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients until well incorporated. Rub the pork with the dry seasoning, then transfer to the Large Deep Anyday dish. Add the apple cider vinegar and water or stock, and cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

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    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 1 hour.
  2. Flip the meat, cover, and continue cooking at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    [[video-power]]

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 45 minutes, or until the meat is tender and shreds easily.
  3. Transfer the pork to a cooling rack with a tray underneath to catch juices. 
  4. Pull the meat apart with 2 forks and transfer to a bowl. If desired, you can remove some of the fat from the pork meat.
  5. Toss shredded pork in enough barbecue sauce to coat, and season with leftover juices to your liking. Serve pork on buns or by itself.


Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add some chipotle sauce into the dish for a smokier touch.
  • Substitute the vinegar for Coca-Cola for a sweeter dish.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.