Pressure Cooker vs Slow Cooker: Preparing Pulled Pork
Who doesn’t like pulled pork? This economical dish is versatile, and it tastes just great whether you want it for the main meal with a barbeque vibe or just want to use it in sandwiches or anything else you might fancy. In this article, we are going to compare 2 debatable cooking appliances for preparing pulled pork, which is the pressure cooker vs the slow cooker.
Pulled pork takes a long time to cook. The idea is that the pork should be so well cooked that it falls apart on the fork and is the right consistency to form into shreds. You cook it in a sauce – there are numerous recipes available as well as ready-made barbeque sauce, and this adds to the flavor of the dish and helps keep the meat delicious and moist.
Many recipes for slow pulled pork recommend the use of a slow cooker. And it is very easy to do. You sear the meat first and then pour over the sauce, leaving it to cook on a slow setting for around eight hours. The slower you cook it, the more delicious and tender it will be. The preparation time is very fast – this is not a difficult or complicated dish, the time-consuming bit is the length of the cooking time.
Multi-function pressure cookers all have a slow cook function, so this is a great way to make pulled pork as long as you employ some planning and give yourself enough time for it to cook. This is not a meal to rustle up in an hour after all!
You can also cook pulled pork in a pressure cooker which, to be honest, is a much easier and faster option. The results are identical, and it only takes about an hour and a half from start to finish.
The process is much the same as cooking in the slow cooker; you sear your meat first then add the barbeque sauce and water. Seal the lid and then cook on high for around an hour, depending on the size of your meat. Once the cooking time has elapsed, slow-release the pressure, which should take approximately 20 minutes, depending on your pressure cooker model.
Once you have opened the lid, you can shred the pork in the pot using a couple of forks or even a special kitchen gadget designed for the purpose and add extra sauce if necessary.
The results are fantastic. Pressure cooking pulled pork seals in the flavor and leaves the meat juicy and succulent just the way it should be.
If you like pulled pork, either cooking method will give you great results, but the advantage of cooking it in the pressure cooker is that it slashes the cooking time to a fraction of the cooking time you need in the slow cooker. This means that you don’t have to plan too far ahead. And if it got to midday and you suddenly decided to have pulled pork for your evening meal or even afternoon entertaining, the pressure cooker makes this possible.