Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Espresso and Beer Pulled Pork Recipe - Tampa Style

I truly have a love affair with my slow cooker. I prepare everything the night before, turn it on in the morning and there is only one pot to clean up. I tend to do something in the slow cooker on Monday's, as that is a night we run. By the time I get home, I am mentally spent and the most amount of work I want to do is open a bottle of wine. It's easy to have everything there waiting for you. I have been experimenting a lot with pulled pork and different flavors.

I came up with a recipe to make Espresso rubbed pulled pork when I saw Cigar City Brewing's Cubano-Style Espresso Beer. Cigar City Brewery is located in Tampa and they get their beans roasted at Mazzaro's Market in St. Petersburg. I knew I had to do some sort of dry rub on the pork, so keeping with the local Tampa flair, I used my favorite coffee as part the rub, NavierA Cafe Con Leche. NavierA (or El Molino) is located in Ybor City on historic 7th Avenue, where they mill and distribute their coffee.

Two Tampa ingredients - Cigar City Brewing Cubano-Style Espresso Beer & NavierA Cafe Con Leche
I completely winged this recipe and it ended up very good.

Serves 4
2-3lb pork shoulder
1 tbl espresso
2 tbl brown sugar
1 tbl chili powder
salt and pepper
1 bottle of Cigar City Brewing Cubano Style Espresso - OR - 1 can of Guinness 
Sweet Baby Rays Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce (the savory and sweet really works with this sauce)
Whole Grain Texas Toast

The night before, combine the dry ingredients and give your pork shoulder a nice rub down. Place in the slow cooker pan with no liquid, cover and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, Set up your slow cooker, pour in the beer and place on low for 8 hours.

After it has cooked for 8 hours, drain the liquid out of the slow cooker, reserving 1/2 a cup. Shred your pork, you should be able to do this without any effort. Slowly pour back the reserved liquid, a little at a time. Do not pour it all in, this is to bring moisture back into the pork so us your judgement. You do not want it soaked. Add BBQ sauce to taste and put back on low for 30 minutes. Serve on Texas Toast instead of plain bread! You can add a slice of cheese or coleslaw if you choose.
@irun4wine Espresso and Beer Pulled Pork


  1. I don't have it often, but I am addicted to pulled pork, which I get as take out from Whole Foods. I think I might give this recipe a go, it looks FAbuLoUS!!

    1. Hi Caroline - pulled pork is SO easy to make at home and when you do, you control what is in it, so you can make it as healthy (or unhealthy) as you want. You must try this :)

  2. I love pulled Pork. I love that your recipe can be done in the slowcooker. This heat is horrible, so I will try this. I am glad I found your from Dani from Little Blog Dress.

    1. Hi Winnie! Thank you and I am glad you found me from Darlynn's blog too. I see you are going to BlogHer - maybe we can all meet up since both of us are going as well!

  3. I am so going to have to make this - after I pick up the ingredients on my next trip to Grandma's!!! Hope to see you soon!

  4. I really love pulled Pork. it looks it looks great!!