I am going to be honest from the outset, Ketchup is very popular in our house. My hubby even has a bit of a reputation about having it with his dinner and at our wedding he bought his own bottle and there was a sachet as a wedding favour for the guests on the tables! We tend to use it as an accompaniment but last week Homeserve asked us to use it as a main ingredient in a recipe to celebrate the launch of their new lifestyle blog ‘Ketchup’.
W were sent the ingredients and the recipe for BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches; pork is not something I cook a lot of and I have never done Pulled Pork before so this looked like it would be quite a challenge!
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches Ingredients:
2 Onions (sliced)
3 Bay Leaves
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
140 grams Tomato Ketchup
4 tbsps Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
3 tbsps dark brown sugar
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Scatter the onions and bay leaves in the bottom of a large roasting tin. Mix the paprika and 1 tsp ground black pepper with a good pinch of salt. Rub this all over the pork, making sure you rub it into all the crevices. Place the pork, rind-side up, on top of the onions. Pour 200ml water into the bottom of the tin, wrap well with foil and bake for 4 hrs. This can be done up to 2 days ahead – simply cover the tray in foil and chill until ready to cook.
In a bowl, mix the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Remove the pork from the tin and pat dry. Place the roasting tin on the hob, pour in the ketchup mixture and bubble vigorously for 10-15 mins until thick and glossy. Remove the bay leaves and pour the sauce into a food processor; blitz until smooth. Smear half the sauce mixture over the meat.
Heat a combined oven-grill to high, place the pork on a baking tray and cook each side for 10-15 mins until nicely charred.
Lift the pork onto a large plate or tray. Remove string and peel off the skin. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into chunky pieces. Add 3-4 tbsp of the barbecue sauce to the meat and toss everything well to coat.
4 hours is a long time for cooking when you have two hungry children around your feet so I don’t think it is an after school recipe, so we decided to have it at the weekend when we had all afternoon to cook it. The process was easy and the smells coming from the dish during the cooking were amazing.
The real question is though – what was the taste like? The words from around the table were ‘Delicious’, ‘Awesome’ and ‘Amazing’ so I would say that was a win! Tasty pulled pork made with Ketchup; there are lots of ways to eat it too – in Tacos, wraps, on top of salad. We went for Pulled Pork rolls with salad and new potatoes. It is definitely something I will cook again!
You will find another recipe you could try on the Ketchup blog too – Ketchup and Chilli Con Carne – would you use Ketchup as an ingredient?