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Pulled Pork using the paddle KA attachment?

The Oracle Jun 28, 2013 12:23 PM

I've got a pork shoulder cooking away and was told the easiest way to shred the pork was to put it in my KA with the paddle attachment.

Has anyone actually tried this? Does it work well? Or should I just shred with forks?

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    kengk Jul 2, 2013 01:03 PM

    The beauty of pulling it by hand is that you will encounter bits and pieces that you are unsure whether to put in the good pile or the bad pile. Those bits go directly in your mouth.

    As someone else mentioned, I don't really care for long shreds and prefer to cut the big pieces down across the grain with a knife.

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    1. re: kengk
      monavano Jul 2, 2013 01:13 PM

      Boy, those ends look burnt, I guess I should eat them ;-)

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        The Oracle Jul 2, 2013 02:53 PM

        haha - were you there in the kitchen with me?

      2. re: kengk
        sbp Jul 2, 2013 01:29 PM

        Shhhh...that's supposed to be a secret!

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          C. Hamster Jul 2, 2013 04:37 PM

          There usually is a lot of stuff you really don't want to put in your mouth, so hand pulling allows you both to remove that and sample along the way. Cooks MUST taste their food, so this is just our burden to bear. :-)

          I also cut the big pieces across the grain with a knife and pull from there.

          But I hate wearing gloves. I think it makes the job harder.

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            ePressureCooker Jul 2, 2013 04:48 PM

            It does make it somewhat harder, because the easiest way to identify the fat and connective tissues is by feel (the fat feels slimy, slippery, greasy, whereas meat has more texture) but some people just don't like to handle food, and some folks don't like the idea of their food being handled without gloves. Gotta respect it if they feel that way.

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              C. Hamster Jul 2, 2013 05:07 PM

              Yes I do!

              I'm a clean hands fanatic in the kitchen since I do some catering.

              But I find gloves awkward for the task.

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                ePressureCooker Jul 2, 2013 05:24 PM

                I agree, but whatcha gonna do? If I were doing them for my family, I'd just make sure my hands were very, very clean, if I were doing a whole party, I'd use gloves and just feel more aggravated about it...

        2. paulj Jul 2, 2013 10:43 AM

          Pros use rubber gloves, most likely heavy duty insulated ones.

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            ePressureCooker Jul 2, 2013 12:52 PM

            That's true, and I would have suggested disposable gloves, but she was about to make the dish and I assumed she probably didn't have them. Oracle, if you want to do this again, you can get a box of disposable gloves (I like the clear nitrile ones, they fit snugly). Also if you have leftovers and want something different, I have a good recipe for easy green enchiladas and one for tacos using pre-cooked shredded pork shoulder / butt on my blog (no pressure cooking required at that point), if you want to check them out. You can also make posole, tamales, chimichangas, and other things with leftover shredded pork. (I wasn't kidding, I love Mexican food)

            ePressureCooker
            http://ePressureCooker.com

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              hambone Jul 2, 2013 01:07 PM

              I'll put in a shout out for incorporating into home made baked mac and cheese.

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                ePressureCooker Jul 2, 2013 01:11 PM

                Oh yeah, that would be good, too. Especially if crumble some cooked bacon on top.

                Nothing like gilding the lily ;D

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                  hambone Jul 2, 2013 01:38 PM

                  Mine is topped with panko but I like the way you think.

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                    ePressureCooker Jul 2, 2013 02:27 PM

                    No reason you couldn't use both for both fat and crunch, some of the essential food groups. ;D

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                    LindaWhit Jul 2, 2013 01:47 PM

                    Oh good lord - I just gained 5 lbs. reading that!

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                      hambone Jul 2, 2013 02:08 PM

                      It's ok, they look good on you.

                    2. re: ePressureCooker
                      The Oracle Jul 2, 2013 02:33 PM

                      Yum! I definitely loved the pulled pork and will definitely be making it again! Thanks for the disposable glove tip - I was wishing I had some on hand for the messy task.

              2. The Oracle Jul 2, 2013 10:29 AM

                Update: Well, my first pulled pork shredding was a success... it was a tad too hot when I started - but using fingers is DEFINITELY the best method (to identify fat chunks, etc.). Thanks again for steering me away from using the KA!

                1. juliejulez Jun 29, 2013 11:44 AM

                  Agreed w/ the others. I've thrown some chicken into the mixer to shred it but I don't think I'd do it with pork. Plus, it just dirties up more dishes. I don't think I'd even do the chicken again that way unless I was really really pressed for time.

                  1. JMF Jun 29, 2013 05:54 AM

                    I find that I like it better pulled into large hunks, then cut into chunks with a knife, rather than pulled into shreds. Be gentle with it so it doesn't fall apart, and keep the pieces on the larger side, more than a mouthful, and let people cut/bite it to size.

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                      ePressureCooker Jun 29, 2013 03:05 AM

                      I would have to think whomever does this undercooks their pork...pork shoulder when fully cooked is tender, and easy to fall apart. You should be able to do it with your fingers, in fact I recommend it, because sbp is right, its a great opportunity to remove any residual fat or connective tissues that didn't melt completely during the cooking process...

                      1. C. Hamster Jun 28, 2013 04:16 PM

                        Pull it while its still pretty warm though.

                        1. tcamp Jun 28, 2013 02:01 PM

                          I'd stick with the forks or do it by hand.

                          1. hotoynoodle Jun 28, 2013 01:32 PM

                            told by whom?

                            let it cool off and just pull it by hand. it takes but a few minutes.

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                              The Oracle Jun 28, 2013 02:00 PM

                              Told by the 'truth' found on the internet :) hence, why I come to the 'hounds for vetting and help!

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                                monavano Jul 2, 2013 01:12 PM

                                That's why you come to "the source" of sage advice!

                            2. C. Hamster Jun 28, 2013 12:59 PM

                              I would be worried it would turn it into baby food ...

                              Its not that hard to do by hand. In fact I usually do it by hand and not with forks.

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                              1. re: C. Hamster
                                The Oracle Jun 28, 2013 02:01 PM

                                Thanks for that tip! I will shred it by hand!

                              2. sbp Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM

                                Haven't tried it. I can't imagine it's a good idea. Part of the pulling process involves removing hunks of fat and gristle.

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                                  The Oracle Jun 28, 2013 02:00 PM

                                  That's a good point about the fat.... this is my first pulled pork attempt!

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