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TIP OF THE DAY: Coleman Natural Pulled Pork & Ways To Use Pulled Pork

For decades we knew Coleman Natural for its high quality, all natural beef.

Today, the company focuses mostly on all-natural fresh and prepared pork products that are raised 100% Crate Free with no antibiotics ever, no added hormones or other growth promotants, and fed an all-vegetarian diet.

Recently we were introduced to their pulled pork, made in the sweet Southern style with a barbecue sauce that includes Budweiser beer.

It was served to us in tortilla chip cups (photo #2). The snack-or-appetizer is finger-licking good and simple to put on the table.

Just spoon some pulled pork from the package (room temperature or warmed) into a platter of tortilla cups, and watch them disappear.

Alternatively, you can serve the pulled pork on nachos, with the addition of cheese and a jalapeño slice.

Or, you can set up a DIY appetizer stand and let people scoop their own, with their toppings of choice. All you need:

  • Coleman Natural Pulled Pork (photo #2)
  • Tostitos Scoops tortilla chip cups
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced scallions
  • Optional grated jack or cheddar cheese
    National Pulled Pork Day is October 12th.

  • The history of pulled pork is below.


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    We used the pulled in a number of ways, with various garnishes.

    One of the garnishes is a trio of toppings that we call “the fixings”: grated cheddar or jack, scallions, and sour cream

  • Baked potato, filled with pulled pork and topped with “the fixings.” Or instead, potato skins? How about a strip of bacon on that?
  • Burritos, quesadillas, tacos, etc., with cilantro, jalapeño, red onion and sour cream.
  • Lettuce wraps, with bibb or romaine.
  • Eggs, in an omelet or crêpe, or as a side with scrambled eggs.
  • Onions and peppers, sautéed.
  • Pasta: filled jumbo shells, cannelloni, etc. topped with a sauce combining barbecue sauce and sour cream; and the other fixings.
  • Pizza, topped with mozzarella and scallions, with an optional ricotta base.
  • Rice and other grains, topped with pulled pork and “the fixings.”
  • Salad, topping greens, radishes and onions with warm pulled pork; or in a taco bowl.
  • Sandwiches, especially on baguette, ciabatta, or a good roll (photo #1), with romaine, tomato, and optional sliced onion; and on grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Stuffed peppers, topped with “the fixings.”
    And for fun:

  • Cake cone/cup cone ice cream cone (see photo), filled with pulled pork and topped with “the fixings.”
  • Pulled pork sundae: Check it out!

    Pulled pork is a preparation that originated in the South, where barbecued meats are a staple.

    It is made using barbecued pork shoulder (also called Boston butt, Boston shoulder, picnic shoulder, or pork butt).

    The shoulder is an inexpensive cut that becomes tender after a long period of cooking over low heat*.

    After emerging from the slow cooker, the meat is shredded (pulled) manually*, then mixed with a barbecue sauce, which can differ by region (see them here).

    The pork is often served on a roll, or on a plate with coleslaw.

    Fusion food: Carnitas, popular in Mexican cuisine, is pulled pork with different accents—beans, cilantro, and onions, with guacamole replacing the coleslaw.

    But first came this cultural event:

    Europeans were introduced to what we now call barbecued foods when Spanish explorers first arrived in Guyana around 1499.

    There they saw the Arawak natives building a smoky fire to smoke their game†. The Spanish, who brought pigs with them, used the process to smoke their meat.


    Pulled Pork On Bun
    [1] Pulled pork and coleslaw on a hard roll (photo © Zabars).

    Pulled Pork Bites
    [2] Pulled pork “bites” in Tostitos tortilla chip cups. You can find the pulled pork in individual packages, or in the Budweiser BBQ Variety Pack with a half rack of St. Louis-style ribs with BBQ sauce and four beer brats. You’ll find it in a convenient carrying case that looks much like the familiar six-pack of beer (photo © Budweiser BBQ).

    Pulled Pork Salad
    [3] Pulled pork atop a green salad. Here’s the recipe from Fresh Menu Planner.

    Pulled Pork Pizza
    [4] Pulled pork pizza. Here’s the recipe from House Of Yumm (photo © House Of Yumm).

    [5] Pulled pork sliders (photo © Mackenzie Ltd.).

    Later, as pork became a main meat for colonials in the Southern U.S., barbecue became a popular way to enjoy it.

    Here’s a longer history of pulled pork.


    *Long, slow cooking softens the connective tissue in the meat, making it so tender that it almost falls apart before it needs to be pulled.

    †Our word “barbecue” comes from barbacoa, the Spanish adaptation of the word barabicu from the Taino people of Guyana (a related term is jerky, derived from the Quechua [Inca language] term charqui). Barabicu referred to a rack made of wood on which meat is roasted over flames from wood or charcoal. While drying meat is the oldest method of preserving it (e.g., jerky), a smoky fire kept the insects at bay, which further helped in the preservation of the meat.



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