Slow cooked Irn Bru Pulled Pork

This is blooming tasty, you must cocking with Iru Bru

As iconic as haggis, tartan and whisky, Irn Bru is a firm favourite of families across Scotland. Indeed, Scotland is the only place in the world where Coca Cola is not the best-selling soft drink. Along with Prince Harry, Irn Bru can absolutely be described as a national ginger treasure.

As well as enjoying a can, there are other creative ways to bring the joys of Irn Bru into your life. Check out the recipe below for Irn Bru pulled pork! A great recipe to have with your pals!

1.6kg joint boneless Pork Shoulder 
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Soft Sugar
1 Teaspoon English Mustard Powder
3 Cloves Garlic
1 teaspoon Salt 
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
500ml Irn Bru (yaldy!)
2 Tablespoons cornflour

And now for the no nonsense Scottish method...

  • Take the pork and poke it with a knife all over the meat. Make sure that thing is properly dead.
  • Get all your spices and bung them into that thing you have in your cupboard that you use to bash stuff with. Think of someone who has really been irking you lately. There! That should do it!
  • Go an add some of the ginger mother’s milk to that paste and then rub the whole lot onto your pork. Go on! Get stuck in!
  • Put the whole lot in a zip lock bag to marinate while you put your feet up and enjoy a can of Irn Bru. Give yourself a good hour’s rest, which, coincidentally, is a great amount of time to leave your pork to marinade! Good job!
  • Get your slow cooker out, turn it on and chuck the whole hunk of pork into it.
  • Now it’s time for rest number two. But this time, make sure you have at least 8 hours.
  • Ideally, you want to leave this for up to 12 hours, but with the smell coming from the kitchen it’s going to be really hard to wait that long before you have some!
  • If you don’t have a slow cooker, turn your oven on to 130°C (fan) and leave it in there for around 6 hours. Pure magic!
  • After it’s been well cooked through take a fork and pull that pork!
  • Get some rolls (brioche works if you are feeling fancy) and some coleslaw. Invite your pals and stick a good movie on. Braw!


Let us know what you and your pals think of the recipe. And, if this sounds like something you would like to try, be sure to head to True OriGINs festival and sample some of the best produce Scotland has to offer, all whilst indulging in over 80 Sottish gins! Get your tickets now!

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