When we travel we try to learn a few phrases and bring a phrase book. Knowing please, thank you, where is the toilet, etc can go a long way. It certainly is better received than yelling louder in English. Honestly, why do people do that? Right now my husband and I are learning French. Well, he’s reviewing it and I’m trying to learn it.
Now I know English is very hard to learn, it is such a mish mash of languages from all the influences going back a few thousand years. I’m starting to think French isn’t that far behind in the level of difficulty of learning it. Questions have completely thrown me for a loop! And the proclivity for words having many different meanings that don’t connect. And plurals. Sigh, I learn best by hearing and plurals sound the same as singular! I am determined to get this because we’ll be in France this summer for a couple of weeks. I am going to do my best but I think my phrasebook will be by my side!
I can not wait for the markets and the food. I’ll be cooking up a storm!
I had mentioned a few months ago that my son had asked his friend’s mother to make pulled pork and he asked that I make it some time. Now that I have more time I thought I’d give it a try. To be honest I’ve never had a pulled pork sandwich. But they look delicious.
This is an all day affair so in the morning prepare the dry rub. This can be done the day before as well to let the pork sit overnight. I found an hour to be enough.
In a small bowl mix 4 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of garlic powder, and some sea salt.
Prep the pork. I got a 2 pound pork shoulder. The connective tissue on the outside needs to be removed prior to cooking. Mix the dry rub well and rub it all over the pork making sure everything is covered.
Chill for an hour at least. Preheat the oven to 300F/150C. Prior to cooking spread some mustard on the pork. I used my homemade mustard which is super easy to make. Then add about 3/4 cup of ale. We used our Irish copper ale we homebrewed.
Cover and slow cook in the oven for about 6 hours. After a couple of hours baste the pork every hour. The goal is to have it falling apart but still moist. Nothing worse than stringy dry meat!
Pull the pork with forks to shred it completely and put it into a pot.
For the BBQ sauce I used the last of the Peach BBQ Sauce I made last year. Time to make another batch! Add enough to coat the meat without it being soupy. While this is warming through pickle red onion in apple cider vinegar.
The onions lend a wonderful brightness to the pork. For the bread I found some local brioche that we warmed up in the microwave. Layer the pork with shredded cheese and the onion.
If you would like add a dollop of sour cream. Because I couldn’t have the bread I had my dish in a bowl with the sour cream. Delicious!
Even though this takes all day it is so worth it. Unfortunately our son had a friend over and it turns out he is vegetarian! So he had a grilled cheese. I promised the next time I’ll do a vegetarian meal for him. But given his age the grilled cheese hit the spot. 🙂
This is a big favorite down here. Your recipe looks delicious.
Good luck with your language lessons.
Thanks. I’ve always wanted to be multilingual but it’s something I struggle with.
Good luck on learning French, I’m looking forward to your veggie recipes 🙂
I have never made pulled pork. Love your recipe! And how lovely you will be in France this summer.
Give it a try! Not sure what took me so long to give it a go.
Very nice pulled pork. It’s getting very popular here in Ireland just now.
Thank you. I can think of worse dishes invading Ireland! ☺️
This looks great! Love your seasonings. It’s all about the le, la, or les. My mother, who is French but has never had an accent, will still say things like, “look at those tree!” or “I bought 3 orange!” She writes just fine, but you’re right, the s is silent!!!
Fascinating! It’s a pretty language, I just need to keep working on it.
i’m just impressed that you try and learn the language – so many people don’t. I failed miserably in Germany and Austria, except for the basics. Even the greeting changes wherever you are in those countries!
I think I’m just getting stubborn about it now. I’ve always envied those that are at least bilingual.
You’ll love France! And once you learn a few of those phrases, the idea of snotty French people completely disappears. We found everyone to be charming and very welcoming.
I love France as well. I’ve been there a few days at a time but this trip we’ll be more immersed so to speak. Can’t wait!