Classic pulled pork

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Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking/me time: about 6 hours

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6kg (3½lb) boneless pork shoulder joint (remove the rind/skin if you wish)

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp black pepper


1. Preheat your oven to 220°C/R7. Line a roasting tin with a sheet of foil large enough to cover the pork later. Loosely fold the foil back for now. Remove the string, unroll the pork, pat dry with kitchen paper and place in the tin.

2. Mix the salt and pepper. Gently massage half the mix all over the pork. Roll the pork up again (there is no need to re-tie the string) and put it in the oven for 30 minutes leaving the top uncovered so it browns.

3. Turn the oven down to a laid-back 150°C/R2. Remove the roasting tin and fold the foil over the top of the pork. Pop it back into the oven and let it cook for at least 5 hours or until tender. And now relax, the day is yours.

4. Crank up the oven to 220°C/R7. Uncover the pork to crisp for 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven, cover with foil and let it rest for 30 minutes. While the pork is taking it easy, you can too.

5. Shred the pork (in the cooking juices) into chunky pieces with two forks. Add the reserved seasoning mix and stir well. Serve with crusty rolls and coleslaw or a side of potato wedges and corn on the cob.

Top tip

Create a foil tent for the pork to rest in after cooking. The steam will help it become beautifully soft and easy to pull.

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