Is pulled pork becoming an increasingly popular dish?

What’s The Deal With Pulled Pork?

Not that long ago, if someone had asked you, “Would you like some pulled pork?”, you’d probably be baffled and maybe a little insulted. But nowadays it seems pulled pork, and barbecue in general, is everywhere. You can find it in restaurants, airlines, pubs, and even the underground (if you’re brave enough). There are also a wide range of pulled pork caterers appearing on the scene, In fact, back in 2013 the UK was named Europe’s leading BBQ nation. So just what is the deal with this trend?


What Exactly Is Pulled Pork?

Pulled pork, like other types of barbecue, hails from the American South. The typical cut of meat for this sort of dish is the pork shoulder. A pork shoulder’s marbling and bone make it the perfect candidate for pulled pork. It’s marinated and rubbed with various spices and sauces (usually vinegar-based), and then slow-cooked for at least several hours, or maybe even a whole day. Once it’s properly cooked, then it’s ready to be pulled and shredded. Hence the name pulled pork. Then it’s traditionally served on a warm, toasted bun with pickles and some type of slaw.

What’s Been Happening?

The attitude in the UK towards BBQ has changed quite a bit in the past couple decades. In 2015, Britain’s barbecue market was estimated to be worth about £1.3 billion, which is quite a jump from only £150 million back in 1997. And to top it all off, there’s been a 35 percent increase in BBQ dishes served in the UK since 2010.

But Why All The Fuss?

The pulled pork and barbecue scene mostly made its way across the pond with establishment of the first two authentic barbecue joints in the UK, Pitt Cue Co in London, and Grillstock in Bristol. All of this was in response to the US modernizing the barbecue market. Thus greatly increasing the popularity of the genre in between 2008 to 2010. Since people just couldn’t enough barbecue, pulled pork especially, it soon started showing up in supermarkets and restaurants everywhere.

Make Way for Pulled Pork

Now that the barbecue trend has officially morphed into the barbecue genre, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Even celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson have released their own pulled pork recipes. Now that pulled pork is rapidly growing into a food staple, you’ll need to keep your eye out for that perfect pork shoulder next time you’re at the market.

About the author

This piece was written by Steven Preston of The Roasting Pig who amongst all of their offerings offer well cooked BBQ pulled pork dishes. Steve has been an expert in pork dishes for many years and has written many articles about cooking over the last decade, he spends his time catering across the Midlands providng hog roasts for Hinckley and the surrounding areas. Other food interests of his include Banquets and Pizzas.