Porky Burger
Food and Drink

Courtesy of Michael Symon on behalf of The National Pork Board, PorkBeInspired.com

Porky Burger

"Make this succulent pulled pork the day before your tailgate. Heat it in a pot on the grill while you cook the patties. "

Prep time: 20 minutes (plus 8 to 12 hours for seasoning pork roast) Cook time: 3 hours, 20 minutes Servings: 6


3 cups pulled pork, in juices (about 12 ounces pulled pork)

2 pounds ground pork, 96% lean

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 potato burger buns, OR brioche burger buns

6 1/2-ounce slices Gruyere cheese

1/2 cup pickled red onions, OR very thinly sliced red onion, separated into rings

1/2 cup cilantro leaves


For the Pulled Pork

1 1/2 pounds bone-in pork shoulder blade roast

1/4 cup ancho chile powder

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon coriander seed, toasted*

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seed, toasted*

2 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons olive oil, PLUS 2 tablespoons

24 ounces Mexican beer

2 cups water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped

1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings

4 cloves garlic, chopped

For the pulled pork: Combine ancho chile powder, paprika, coriander seeds, cumin and salt in small bowl; set aside.

Cut two large pieces of plastic wrap. Place plastic wrap pieces on work surface in a cross position. Place roast on top in the center. Rub 2 teaspoons of oil on top of roast; spoon and pat half of the spice mixture on top. Carefully turn over roast on plastic wrap. Rub 2 teaspoons of oil on top; spoon and pat on the remaining spice mixture. Tightly wrap pork in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to a 6-quart heavy Dutch oven. Heat over medium-high heat. Unwrap roast, and place in hot oil in Dutch oven. Cook on each side for one to two minutes or until spices begin to brown and appear slightly dry. Transfer roast to a plate. Remove Dutch oven from the heat. Slowly and carefully pour in beer, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan. Add water, vinegar, chipotle peppers, onion and garlic. Return to heat; bring to a gentle boil.

Add the pork roast to the hot liquid. Cover and bake in preheated oven for two and a half to three hours or until pork is fork tender.

Transfer pork to a cutting board; cool slightly. Meanwhile, pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer; reserve 1 1/2 cups. Discard remaining liquid and solids. Shred meat using two forks; transfer to a medium container. Add 
the 1 1/2 cups reserved liquid. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or for up to two days.

*To toast spices, place spices in a dry skillet. Heat and stir over medium heat until fragrant. Immediately remove spices from skillet.

For the Porky Burger Patties: Form the ground pork into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Season both sides of patties with salt and pepper.

Preheat grill to medium hot. Place prepared pulled pork in a pot, and place on the corner of a grill to keep warm. Place patties directly over heat. Grill, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until pork patties reach 160°F internal temperature, turning patties over halfway during grilling. In the meantime, toast the buns on the grill.

Top the pork patties with cheese. Cover grill, and grill about 30 seconds or until the cheese is melted.

Place burgers on bun bottoms. Using a slotted spoon, spoon pulled pork on top of burgers. Top with onions, cilantro and bun tops. Eat immediately!