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Recipe: The Ultimate Effortless Pulled Pork

An easy recipe for succulent, moist, tender beautifully flavoured pork - perfect for pulling - that only has 20 minutes hands on time.
Servings: 8
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
Prep Time1 d 12 hrs
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time1 d 12 hrs 12 mins


  • 3 lb / 1.5kg boneless rolled joint of pork
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • For the spice rub
  • 1 dried smoky chilli
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp cumin – ground
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic – crushed
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tbs soy sauce


  • Grind the spices for the spice rub, add the garlic, miso and soy sauce and mix well.
  • Place the pork in a strudy plastic bag, dissolve the salt and sugar in a jug of water, stir in a tablespoon of the spice rub and pour over the pork. Add a little more water if needed, give a good squidge to mix well, seal the bag and put in the fridge to brine for 24 – 36 hours.
  • Once brined remove the pork, and dry it off with some kitchen paper. Rub the remainder of the spice rub well into the meat.
  • Place the meat in your slow cooker or crockpot and cook on low for about 12 – 14 hours. If you want the pork for dinner start cooking it first thing, for lunch I cook it overnight.
  • When done remove the joint from the slow cooker, and shred the meat with two forks. Skim and discard the fat from the juices.
  • Serve with a little of the juice poured over, with bread, buns and salads.
  • Freezes well.


Leftovers freeze well - allow double portions as this is SO good
Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 2301mg | Potassium: 590mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2.3mg
Course: Main meal
Cuisine: Meat