Copycat Hard Rock Cafe Pulled Pork

Back in the seventies, Eric Clapton – the original guitar god, founder of Cream and Derek & the Dominoes, creator of the immortal “Layla” – liked to eat at this quirky American diner in London called the Hard Rock Cafe. Founded by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, two enterprising and music-loving Americans, Hard Rock Cafe was an instant classic.

Clapton got to be friends with the proprietors and asked them to save him a regular table, put up a brass plaque or something. And the young proprietors said, Why don’t we put up your guitar? They all had a chuckle, and he handed over a guitar, and they slapped it on the wall.

No one thought much more about it. Until a week later, when another guitar arrived (a Gibson Les Paul, by the way). With it was a note from Pete Townshend of The Who which read: “Mine’s as good as his. Love, Pete.”

The young proprietors put it on the wall. After that, the guitars never stopped coming. Today there are more than 70,000 guitars, drums, pianos, harmonicas, microphones, shirts, pants, scarves, shoes, handwritten lyrics, cars, bikes, a bus and assorted rock memorabilia.

Try out this copycat recipe for Hard Rocks famous pulled pork!

3 lbs pork shoulder
1 quart hot water
1 quart apple-cider vinegar
1/2 cup Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup granulated sugar

In a large bowl, combine apple-cider vinegar, Tabasco sauce, sugar and hot water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour marinade over pork, cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

Remove pork from marinade and place in a baking pan. Cook in a preheated 450 degree F oven until browned. Pour some marinade over pork, lower temperature to 300 degrees F, cover and slow-roast for an additional two hours or until meat pulls away easily from the bone. Serve!

14 thoughts on “Copycat Hard Rock Cafe Pulled Pork

  1. Diane says:

    How long do you think it will take to cook the pork shoulder until browned (before you slow cook for two hours)

  2. Debbie Britt Hill says:

    Ron, all your recipes my family and I have tried from your site and from the many who shared theirs, they are the BEST! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!
    I hope this new year is a good one for all. Love the “pulled pork”! Debbie

  3. Becky Toney says:

    This sounds to simple! Thanks!

    Question: How could I do this with beef? My husband does not like pork at all, so I need to convert recipes to beef. Any ideas?

  4. Fabulous recipe – I “seared” the surface of the shoulder in a smoking hot cast iron skillet with melted butter and olive oil rather than browning it at 450 in the oven … I have also made it using “Texas Pete Sauce” – and also Tabasco Green Haberno Sauce – its tasy with either – or with Ron’s original suggestion to use Tabasco.

  5. Lewis Plummer says:

    The recipes are great, but having to print out all the extra pages about the recipe book et cetera and use up all my ink cartridges is a bummer!

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