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Electric Pressure Cooker Pork Barbecue

27 Comments | Written on February 23, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Raise your hand if you feel like you are under a lot of pressure.  Family, work, social obligations…whew!  Finally, something where pressure is a GOOD thing.  That’s right, it’s time to make dinner in the Pressure Cooker!

I have to tell you, this dish is my very first experience with a pressure cooker.  I was raised with a bit of a fear of the appliance.  My mother told me horror stories of an exploding pressure cooker during one of her college classes and I was convinced it was evil.   Yet, I kept seeing it on Top Chef and Iron Chef and my curiosity was piqued.  I decided to take the plunge and and give a pressure cooker a try!

I started with this one from Cuisinart and followed the instructions to the letter.  I didn’t want to “experiment” with one of my own creations, so I began with one of the recipes in their book.  The results were nothing short of magic!  What would take hours in the oven or crock pot was complete in 45 minutes.  The pork was juicy and tender and the experience was stress-free!  Who knew that a pressure cooker could actually relieve some of the pressure at meal time?

Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker Pork Barbecue

1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
4 pounds country-style spare ribs or pork shoulder slices
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups barbecue sauce (homemade or purchased)

Add oil to cooking pot of pressure cooker and select Browning.   When oil is hot, add pork and brown well on all sides in several batches.  Add onion, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper to cooking pot along with the browned pork and any juices that may have accumulated.  Cover and lock lid in place.  Select High Pressure and set timer for 45 minutes.  When audible beep sounds, allow pressure to release naturally.  Turn off.

Remove lid, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse.  Allow pork to cool in cooking liquid.  When cool enough to handle, remove pork from bones, discard bones and pork fat.  Shred pork pieces. Strain cooking liquid, reserving 1/2 cup.

Place pork in cooking pot with barbecue sauce and reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid.  Cover and lock lid in place.  Select Low Pressure and set timer for 3 minutes.  When audible beep sounds, use Quick Pressure Release to release pressure.  Remove lid, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse.  Serve pulled pork on warmed rolls.  Makes 5 cups pulled pork.

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