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Tuppence Cafe's free-range pulled pork open sandwich
1 free-range pork shoulder
2-3 cups Chinese five spice (can be purchased or can be made up with a blend of ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground fennel seeds, ground star anise, ground Szechuan peppercorns)
salt and pepper to season
butter or hollandaise
spray free salad greens
Tuppence's red pepper sauce* or any sweet chilli or sweet and sour red sauce.
Preheat oven to 150degC fan bake.
Put pork shoulder in a large roasting dish with high sides.
Rub the pork meat with the 5 spice mix and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Turn pork over so it is skin side up and sprinkle salt over skin.
Fill roasting dish with cold filtered water to cover the meat (pork skin does not need to be covered in water although some water may end up covering part of it).
Cover roasting dish in tinfoil and put in oven to cook for 8-9 hours. Halfway through cooking (after 4 or 5 hours) remove tinfoil and keep cooking uncovered for the remaining time.
Pork should be able to pull apart with tongs.
If desired return the crackling to the oven dry and sprinkled with additional salt until crispy.
To serve as a sandwich, toast some artisan bread, spread on butter or hollandaise, top with salad greens, pork and a sauce of your choice.
*Our red pepper sauce is available for purchase at Tuppence Cafe.
Note: A smaller amount of pork can be cooked, but ingredients and cooking times will vary. The pulled pork freezes very well when portioned.
Recipe provided by Tracey Flintoff at Tuppence Cafe
Recipe requested by Dale Leennane, of Dunedin.