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Pulled pork with olives and pearl barley

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Warm everyone up with this hearty pearl barley dish. Loaded with veggies, pulled pork and olives, it’s sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

  • Serves8
  • Cook time6 hour 10 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Pulled pork with olives and pearl barley


  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.8kg Coles Australian Pork Shoulder Roast Boneless
  • 2 brown onions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 carrot, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups (750ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (200g) pearl barley
  • 1/4 cup (70g) tomato paste
  • 100g pitted Sicilian olives, coarsely chopped
  • 50g pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 bunch dill, sprigs picked

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  1. Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Remove the string from the pork. Season. Add to the pan and cook for 2-3 mins each side or until browned all over. Transfer the pork to a slow cooker.
  2. Step 2

    Add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery, stock, diced tomato, pearl barley and tomato paste to the pork in the slow cooker. Cover and cook for 6 hours on high (or 8 hours on low) or until the pork is very tender and the mixture thickens. Transfer the pork to a heatproof bowl.
  3. Step 3

    Add the combined olives and the vinegar to the barley mixture in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Stir in the spinach and half the dill.
  4. Step 4

    Use 2 forks to coarsely shred the pork. Divide the spinach mixture evenly among serving bowls. Top with pork and sprinkle with the remaining dill.