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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 11 hr 15 min
  • Active: 2 hr
  • Yield: 50 sandwiches
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Peanut Butter Pulled Pork:

The Crackle:

Bacon Jam:


  1. For the pulled pork: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Separate the skin from the pork shoulder and reserve it for the crackle. Place the pork shoulder in a deep roasting pan or large braising pot and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce and peanut butter. Mix well to blend, then rub the mixture into the pork.
  2. Add 2 cups water to the pan and seal tightly with aluminum foil. Transfer to the oven and cook for 6 hours. When done, shred the pork with tongs.
  3. For the crackle: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly salt the pork skin on both sides and set on a baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and roast, skin-side-up, until golden brown and crispy on both sides, 40 minutes to 1 hour. For even cooking, flip the pork skin every 15 minutes and drain some of the rendered fat while you do; the skin will render a whole lot of fat.
  4. Once the skin is fully cooked, place it in a large bowl and crush it with a spatula to the size of bacon bits, adding salt as you go.
  5. For the bacon jam: Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook for about 10 minutes to render some fat and lightly brown the meat.
  6. In a separate skillet, cook the onions over medium heat until they begin to soften, 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce and brown sugar.
  7. Drain the fat from the bacon pan, then pour the onion-soy sauce mixture over the bacon. Cook over very low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When the bacon has become darkly caramelized, turn off the heat and leave it to cool for an hour. When cool, transfer the bacon to a food processor and process until smooth. If you like your bacon jam really smooth, add a little water and some more brown sugar.
  8. To assemble: Spread both halves of a bun generously with bacon jam. Add a healthy amount of pulled pork, then sprinkle crackle on the meat. Put the sandwich together and lightly grill it in a buttered pan or a flattop grill. Eat.

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