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Pulled Pork using the paddle KA attachment?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: sbp

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

    2. 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

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

      2. told by whom?

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

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        1. re: hotoynoodle

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

          1. re: The Oracle

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

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

          1. Pull it while its still pretty warm though.

            1. 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. 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.

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

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                      1. re: paulj

                        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

                        1. re: ePressureCooker

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

                          1. re: hambone

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

                            Nothing like gilding the lily ;D

                            1. re: ePressureCooker

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

                              1. re: hambone

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

                              2. re: ePressureCooker

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

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  It's ok, they look good on you.

                                2. re: ePressureCooker

                                  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 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

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

                              1. re: monavano

                                haha - were you there in the kitchen with me?

                              2. re: kengk

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

                                1. re: kengk

                                  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.

                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    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.

                                    1. re: ePressureCooker

                                      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.

                                      1. re: C. Hamster

                                        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...