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Student Recipes

Cheap and healthy pulled pork recipe

Struggling to find a use for your slow cooker? Here's how to make a very tasty meal, with minimal effort required. 

pulled pork

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Originating from Southern USA, pulled pork is a meat that can be enjoyed pretty much any way you'd like. Team it with BBQ sauce and fries for a truly American treat, add it to a burger on 'cheat day', or as we suggest below team it with boiled veg for a healthier alternative.

Our mouth-watering pulled pork recipe serves four, costs just £1.21 per head and is mostly cooked in a slow cooker (one of our top kitchen gadgets for students). This means you'll be eating well, saving money, and able to spend much more time binging Netflix... studying, we mean studying.

Plus, who needs scented candles when you can have the mouth-watering smell of pulled pork cooking away in the kitchen instead?

We're sure you already know how well pulled pork goes in sandwiches – but have you tried these other cheap and tasty sandwich fillers?

Easy pulled pork recipe

Ingredients

Serves: 4 | Costs: £4.85* (£1.21 per serving) | Time taken: 6 hours 15 mins

  • 1kg of pork shoulder (£3.85)
  • 250g of passata (£0.16)
  • 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce (£0.10)
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (£0.10)
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard powder (£0.10)
  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic (£0.04)
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (£0.10)
  • 500g of mixed frozen veg (£0.40)
  • Optional: BBQ sauce and seasoning to finish.

Method

  1. Sear the pork shoulder in a hot pan. To sear your meat, use a drizzle of vegetable oil in a hot pan, let your meat effectively 'stick' to the bottom of the pan until it is seared through, then flip and repeat on the other side. Top tip: pat your raw meat dry with a paper towel before searing as this improves the contact with the pan (and creates less steam when cooking).
  2. Transfer the seared meat into your slow cooker, you can leave it turned off for this stage.
  3. Add your passata, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder, crushed garlic and sugar to the same pan that you seared your pork in (for added flavour). Cook for around five to 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the cooked mix over your pork shoulder in the slow cooker and set it up to cook for six hours on low heat.
  5. After six hours have passed (which probably feels like a lifetime when you're waiting for a meal as delicious as this), you can take your meat out of the slow cooker.
  6. Use two forks to 'shred' the pork. Top tip: pull the forks in the opposite direction to one and other to get long, thin shreds.
  7. Boil your mixed frozen veg for around three to six minutes until hot.
  8. Serve all together and enjoy your mouth-wateringly tasty pulled pork dinner. You might want to top with BBQ sauce too, but we'll leave that up to you.

Not only is this a super simple (yet super tasty) meal to make, but as you're only using minimal equipment, it's easy on the washing up too. Unless you're lucky enough to have a dishwasher, that is.

Your days of dull student meals are thing of the past. Our pulled pork recipe is effortless, budget-friendly, and above all – brilliantly flavoursome. So what are you waiting for? Dig that dusty slow cooker out and get cooking (but maybe give it a wipe first).

If you're feeling inspired to whip up some more great meals, then take a look at our student recipes page for more brilliant (and budget-friendly) ideas. 

* Prices are correct as of October 2019 (using Tesco.com prices as guidelines).

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