How to make it

  • Rub thyme in between your fingers to release oils.
  • Combine thyme, fennel seed, cumin, smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.
  • Spread evenly over pork then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 275.
  • Select a lidded pan just large enough to hold the pork.
  • With the pan over medium to medium-high heat add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Season pork with salt then brown all sides.
  • Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Discard any burned bits in the pan then add the onions, a sprinkle of salt and more oil if needed.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and cook onions until soft and translucent.
  • Add garlic cloves toward the end of the cooking.
  • Add vinegar and stock to deglaze the pan.
  • Stir in tomato paste then bring mixture to a boil.
  • Place pork in the pan.
  • Add water or more stock as needed to bring the liquid level to about half way up the pork.
  • Cover pan and place in the oven.
  • Cook 3 hours checking liquid level and turn pork every 45 minutes.
  • To make sauce remove meat from pan and cool for at least 10 minutes before shredding.
  • Discard garlic cloves and skim any fat from the liquid and onions in the pan.
  • Reduce to 2 cups then stir in ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, remaining pepper and garlic salt.
  • Add pulled pork back into the pan and mix with onion and sauce.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Keep warm until ready to serve or cool and refrigerate.
  • Reheat in a 325 oven or in a pan over medium-low heat stirring occasionally.
  • Add water or broth as needed to keep moist.
  • Serve on buns.

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