Beer pulled pork is incredibly popular at the moment and making it in a slow cooker is really easy. The Beer Pulled Pork can be used in so many different ways but a family favourite is using it in burgers. Slow cooker pulled pork is a super recipe and perfect for burgers or even a stirred through a pasta sauce.
This beer pulled pork is a wonderfully simple recipe to make and feed you for a week. Beer pulled pork is a summer staple in my house; it makes for wonderful pulled pork buns, especially when mixed with fresh salad and chilli coleslaw.
I love being able to just turn on the slow cooker and leave the pork to cook slowly overnight. Once you’ve made this once you’ll never cook pulled pork the same.
Why you’ll love this Beer Pulled Pork recipe
You can cook the pulled pork in the slow cooker and leave it. No need to spend all day over the hob cooking.
You can make the beer pulled pork ahead of time for a picnic or party. The pulled pork buns make for wonderful street party food for the King’s coronation.
The mix of the pork in beer and the spiced coleslaw is wonderful and will quickly be a staple in your
Beer Pulled Pork Ingredients
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The beer really helps to keep the meat succulent and adds such a wonderful flavour. Any beer will work so you can use what you have in the house. Lighter IPAs will give a lighter hoppy taste whereas darker beers like Guinness will provide a richer, deep flavour.
If you’re cooking an extra large joint of pork. I would mix half beer with half stock to stop it from becoming overpowering. It can also help save money on beer doing it this way.
In this recipe, I used a large joint of pork shoulder to slow cook. I really think this was the best joint to use for the pork in beer. It took on the flavour of the beer, stayed juicy and the fat from the meat really added to a full meaty flavour. You can use any pork joint thought, even a pork loin would be delicious, just don’t forget to reduce the cooking time.
HERBS & SPICES
Whilst you can add any of your favourite seasonings to this beer pork roast slow cooker, I personally like to keep it simple with salt & black pepper, thyme and chopped parsley. A bit of brown sugar also really makes the pork and beer flavours pop. A bit of fresh chilli or chilli flakes is a great addition for spice fans.
Wimbledon Tower SPA
I used Wimbledon Brewery’s Tower SPA to cook the pork shoulder in. It has a fruit, floral spice and orange smell with a full, rounded taste with a bittersweet finish.
I would really recommend a visit to Wimbledon Brewery. They do tours and tastings and on Saturday have a food and beer market. You can also buy their beer online. It’s definitely worth getting a few extra bottles to enjoy with the burgers!
How to make beer pulled pork – step by step
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- To start, pop your pork into your oven dish (with a lid) or slow cooker and top up with your beer of choice. As a rough guide, you’ll want almost the same quantity of liquid as meat, just a little less.
- Add your sugar, and herbs and make sure the fat side of your pork joint is facing up so that all that flavour goes into the pork.
- Cook the meat slower over 6 hours in the oven or 10 hours on low in your slow cooker. I like to cook this overnight so I’m not tempted to check it.
- Chop your carrot, red cabbage, onion & chilli and combine along with some salt and the juice of half a lime (this adds a zing and helps keep your veggies crisp).
- Then stir this in with some olive oil, yoghurt and balsamic vinegar.
- This is a simple combination and stir recipe. So to start combine your mayo, dijon mustard, olive oil and white wine vinegar. Mix all this together and then add some chopped parsley to finish. It’s creamy and utterly delicious.
Now all the ingredients are prepped, add your coleslaw to the bottom of your burger bun, add the beer pulled pork on top and finish with a healthy dollop of the mustard mayo.
Beer Pulled Pork Top Tips
- Cook your pulled pork in beer on low heat in your slow cooker overnight. This will help the tannins in the beer to have time to work their magic in tenderising the pork.
- Don’t forget to add seasonings and herbs to your pulled pork, this will help to bring out the flavours.
- You can make this pulled pork slow cooked in beer at the start of the week and freeze it in portions for later. That way you can enjoy pulled pork when you want it with minimal cooking! It is great when defrosted and stirred through a tomato pasta sauce.
I like to make a lot of pulled work and use it throughout the week in different meals.
You can make the slow cooker pulled pork into a curry, in burger buns like I have here or as part of your roast dinner. This delicious tender beer pulled pork with roast potatoes and gravy is enough to make your mouth water.
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Substitutions and variations
ALCOHOL-FREE PULLED PORK
You can easily omit the beer from this recipe in order to make slow cooker pulled pork. just don’t forget to add some stock to your pot to keep the pulled pork tender and juicy. You could use an alcohol-free/ 0% beer in place of the beer to keep the flavours without the alcohol content.
APPLE JUICE PULLED PORK
A simple swap out for this recipe is to replace the beer with apple juice. It makes the finished pulled pork really sweet. Absolutely delicious.
CIDER PULLED PORK
Continuing the apple juice theme for pulled pork, a lovely addition to cooking pork is cider. Cider offers a fruity mix for the pork and can be a cheaper option than beer.
Storing Beer Pulled Pork / Making ahead of time options
Slow cooking is the best way of making pulled pork ahead of time.
The beer pulled pork can be made at the start of the week and then either popped in the fridge or frozen to use later. It only takes a short time to defrost so you can usually get it out just prior to cooking.
Just don’t forget to check your pork is fully defrosted and hot all the way through before eating. Frozen pulled pork will last for about 6 months.
What kind of beer is good for pulled pork?
Any beer is good for pulled pork. I used a bottled Wimbledon pale ale for this beer-pulled pork recipe but any beer will do. The dark stouts give the pulled pork a really rich flavour. It’s worth experimenting to find your favourite flavour.
Is pork good with beer?
Pork is so good with beer. The hoppy taste from the beer blends perfectly with the juicy slow cooked pork. I love adding in some spices & herbs to really bring out the flavours from both ingredients.
Does beer tenderize pork?
Beer does tenderize pork along with other meats like beef. This is because it contains tannins and alpha acids that help break down fibres in meat. Resulting in a tender and full of flavour finished pork dish.
Can you slow cook pork in beer?
Yes you can slow cook pork in beer and it tastes wonderful. You simply have to pour your beer of choice into the slow cooker and add the pork. Season and leave for about 10 hours on low. Cooking the pork slowly on low heat means it comes out really tender and juicy.
What can you serve with pulled pork cooked in beer?
I like to serve burger buns and a spiced coleslaw with pulled pork cooked in beer. The fresh and tangy coleslaw really brings out the flavours of the pulled pork cooked in beer. You could also serve this beer pulled pork with chips, taco shells or roast potatoes!
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Beer Pulled Pork Recipe
- 1.5 kg pork shoulder
- 1.3 litres beer (4 bottles)
- 200 ml water
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- salt and pepper
- 4 Burger buns
- 1 small red cabbage
- 1 red onion
- 2 carrots
- 1 red chilli
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- 0.5 teaspoon salt
- 1 lime (juice from)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons plain yoghurt
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- Put the 1.5kg pork shulder in the slow cooker (or oven-safe pot with a lid) fat side up.
- Pour over 1 litre of beer and 200ml water. Most of the pork should be covered.
- Sprinkle the pork with the 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley with a large pinch of salt and pepper.
- Turn the slow cooker on low for 10 hours or overnight. Or cook in the oven for 6 hours at 125ºC / 257ºC / gas mark 1.
- In a small mixing bowl mix together the 4 tablespoons of plain yoghurt, 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.
- Chop the parsley and mix it into the mayonnaise mix.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
- Thinly slice 1 small red cabbage and 1 red onion and it to a bowl.
- Peel and thinly slice 2 carrots and add them to the red cabbage mix.
- Thinly slice the red chilli (optional) and fresh parsley and it to the mix.
- Sprinkle over the salt and drizzle with the juice from 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Give it a good stir.
Assemble the beer pulled pork burgers
- Take the pulled pork out of the beer and pull it apart.
- Toast the burger buns.
- Stack the burgers high with the pulled pork, coleslaw and a drizzle of mayonnaise.
- Enjoy when still hot and succulent.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.