BBQ Shredded Pork Loin in the Oven

BBQ Shredded Pork Loin in the Oven from 101 Cooking For TwoLean, healthy and tasty. A shredded pork from loin for a few or for masses. Cut the recipe down or triple it as needed. Cook ahead or freeze. Some would call this “pulled pork” but I call it shredded saving the term pulled for that grilling masterpiece.

This really is the trial run for another “mass cooking”. We are providing food for a charity poker event later this week and I decided shredded pork BBQ sandwiches were just the ticket. I want 75 to 100 servings. I’m guessing that one 5 pound whole pork loin will make about 20 hamburger size sandwiches.

The Plan:
1) Trim a center cut pork loin of extra fat and any silver skin.
2) Braise in beef broth seasoned with chili powder, onion and liquid smoke.
3) Do the cooking in the over in a covered pan so I don’t need to pay attention (I took a nap really). You could also use a crock pot if you want.
4) Cook to about 190 so it will fall apart.
5) Cool and shred.
6) Add some of the braising liquid back in to add moisture and a LOT of taste.
It worked great.

Rating

Really nice and very smoky.

Notes:
1) The silver skin on the pork lion is tougher than on a pork or beef tenderloin. If you don’t want to fight it, you could leave it initially and remove it during the hand shredding. The same for the fat. I’m fat adverse.
2) You might also run into the a small piece of meat on the side. I believe this is the tail end of a pork tenderloin. If you can trim it out, then cut it into a couple of pieces and put it in the pan.
3) This is more moist if refrigerated overnight after the last step to allow the braising liquid to absorb. It is still good the day of cooking but a noticeable difference.
4) I have cooked five of these in the last 2 days. One of the loins seem to be “tougher”. If you hit one of this (and I don’t think you can tell until cooked) then try to be sure to do the overnight to allow the braising liquid to absorb.
5) While on the subject of the braising liquid. As I said add some back in and let it absorb overnight. I reheated in a crock pot for serving and add more back in the next day. It was moist and great. I ended up using about 1 1/2 cups total per 5 pound loin. So save at least 2 cups at the beginning.
6) This could easily be a crock pot recipe. Just use high for 3-4 hours. Check the internal temp to get to about 190 degrees.

Trim a whole center cut pork loin of extra fat and silver skin. See above note about trimming.

Cut into about 2 inch slices cross grain.

Chop onion. Add to cake pan. You could use a dutch oven or any oven safe pan that you can seal shut.

Add spices to the onion. Add broth and liquid smoke.

Mix well.

Add pork slices. It may not be entirely submerged. Add a little water if needed.

Seal with aluminum foil and place in 300 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours give of take a little. I did not preheat. It’s a long cooking time and doesn’t matter.

Remove from over. Move pork to a plate to cool.

Reserve 2 cups of the braising liquid and discard the remainder.

After pork is cooled, hand shred.

Add back one cup of the braising liquid.

Mix well and add more liquid if needed. Refrigerate overnight if possible. Save the rest of the braising liquid to add on future warmups.

BBQ Shredded Pork Loin in the Oven
 
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Lean, healthy and tasty. A “pulled pork” from loin for a few or for masses. Cook ahead if you need it.
Serves: 15-20 servings
Ingredients
  • about 5 pounds Center cut pork loin
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 28-32 oz (two cans or one large box) beef broth
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 t table salt
  • 2 t liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. Trim pork loin.Cut into about 2 inch slices cross grain.
  2. Chop onion. Add to cake pan. You could use a dutch oven or any oven safe pan that you can seal shut.
  3. Add spices to the onion. Add broth and liquid smoke. Mix well.
  4. Add pork slices. It may not be entirely submerged. Add a little water if needed.
  5. Seal with aluminum foil and place in 300 degree oven for 2½ hours give of take a little. I did not preheat. It’s a long cooking time and doesn’t matter.
  6. Remove from over. Move pork to plate to cool.Reserve 2 cups of the braising liquid and discard the remainder.
  7. After pork is cooled, hand shred. Add back one cup of the braising liquid. Mix well and add more liquid if needed. Refrigerate overnight if possible. Save the rest of the braising liquid to add in during future warmups.

Updated
December 7 2013

Comments

  1. says

    Great post… be careful drawing to an inside straight, it is only a small mistake to fold a winning hand and a charity game means incredibly loose players. Beware of draws.

    Oh and the pork looks incredible as well.

  2. says

    I would have told you that you are crazy to take a pork loin past 160 because it is so lean but then when I saw how you cooked it, it made sense. The liquid makes the difference.

    It looks like you have a solid plan now. I hope the mass feeding goes well.

  3. says

    The mass feeding went great. They ate about twice as much as I expected so it was great hit. Or they will eat anything that’s free.

    The 190 was so it would shred easy by melting any fibrous tissue that was present and have that pulled pork type feel. The key is adding moisture and taste back with the braising liquid. Otherwise it would be wood chips.

  4. says

    Yes – wonderful recipe – simple and the results were awesome – thanks for sharing! I used a little cayenne pepper instead of chili powder and it gave it a nice little bite….even my girls like it! I also used 1/2 onion since we aren’t much of an onion family….but it still tasted delicious! It could cook 3 hrs instead on 2.5 and it would be even more tender to tear up by hand.

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