This shredded pork is not the most photogenic entry at the pageant, but it's more like Miss Congeniality, and everyone loves it. It's versatile and easy to work with, and although it's a bit "plain-Jane", you can dress it up with some guacamole or a bit of pico de gallo or some sauce and it takes on a new life.
Here's the ugly part of the post (Ok, the color's pretty, but that's where it ends my friends). This lump of fat went straight into the garbage bag.
Yuccckkkkkkk!!!!!!!!This is the greasy fat (after chilling) that was rendered out of the pork shoulder (sometimes called pork butt, a less-appetizing name, for sure). I shudder to think of all that pork fat headed for my arteries (I prefer to fill mine with butter, given the choice), so to control that large amount of saturated fat, I like to roast the meat, shred it, and pour the liquid into a bowl. Let it chill in the fridge for a few hours, then peel back the congealed fat and discard it, leaving the jelled broth in the bowl. Next, melt the broth and add it back to the shredded meat.
This freezes well and some of this shredded pork will be going into freezer bags for a quick meal at a later date. Now that's what I consider pretty!
Spicy Pulled Pork
7-8 pound pork shoulder roast (sometimes called pork butt)
24 ounces of Dr. Pepper (you can use Coke)
14-ounce can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I used half a can)
1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
Pre-heat the oven to 300º F.
Scatter the onion pieces in the bottom of a roasting pan or Dutch oven. Sprinkle salt and pepper liberally over your pork roast. Set the pork on top of the onion and pour the chipotle sauce over the pork. Pour the Dr. Pepper around the roast and cover the meat with a lid.
Roast the meat for 5-6 hours, turning the roast four times, intermittently. When the meat shreds easily and falls apart, it's done. Remove the pork to a platter. Pour the broth into a heat-proof bowl and let cool slightly, then cover and put it in the fridge for several hours to let the fat harden.
In the meantime, shred the pork roast with your fingers or using two forks. Discard any fat left on the roast. Put the shredded meat into a bowl and refrigerate.
When the fat has congealed, remove it and heat the jelled broth. Pour it back over the shredded meat.
Reheat the shredded pork and serve with tortillas, or on buns.