The beauty of pulled pork is that you can take a relatively tough cut of meat—like the shoulder—and turn it into a intensely tender and juicy meal. All you need is a bit of time. Traditional recipes smoke the pork for hours over hickory wood chips, but home cooks can use an oven or slow cooker too. You'll need patience, because the pork needs to be well done with an internal temperature of 275° to be tender enough to shred. Follow For & Wine's guide to make your own perfect pulled pork at home.
Roasted garlic seasons this pork shoulder, which slow-cooks until tender and deeply flavorful. Shred it and top with barbecue sauce, coleslaw and a spicy habanero vinaigrette for the perfect sandwich.
Slideshow: How to Make Pulled Pork
Linton Hopkins turns this slow-roasted pork shoulder into sliders. "Why are we so obsessed with the 30-minute meal?" he says. "I want to create a TV show called The 36-Hour Meal. The best things take a little bit of time."