01 March 2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork!

Life as of late has been all about convenience and what can be more convenient than cooking with the crockpot?!

Nothing.

I have been craving a little pulled pork lately and since my sister came over last night, I thought I would try out a recipe of my own. This is what came out:
It was deeeee-licious and both Tina and Parks already requested that I make it again!

When looking up recipes for pulled pork in a crockpot, there were approximately 12 billion different kinds with all sorts of ingredients. I decided to take what I liked about each and make my own! They were juicy and flavorful and again, easy-peasy.

Here you have it!

Ingredients:
-1 pork shoulder or pork butt or "boston butt" (they are all the same thing and no, it is not the butt of the pig, I googled it)
-1/4 tbsp mustard seed
-1/4 tbsp smoked paprika
-3/4 cup light brown sugar
- salt
- pepper
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Your favorite bottle of  BBQ sauce: I used Jack Daniels Honey BBQ

To Do:
Make a rub: In a small bowl, mix together the mustard seed, paprika, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and 1 chopped clove of garlic. 

Take your pork out of the casing and rub the ingredients on all sides of the pork. You can trim the fat off first, but I just leave it on while cooking. Once you start shredding the meat after it is cooked, the fat comes off a lot easier and you can discard it then. Up to you!

In the bottom of the crockpot, pour in the vegetable oil and the remaining chopped garlic cloves. Place the pork in the pan. Pour the apple cider vinegar on top of the meat. Pour a bit of BBQ sauce on the meat (enough to cover the pork).

Close the lid and heat on low for 10-12 hours.
Your home will sell like a sweet and savory BBQ! Yum, yum, yum.

Serve:
When time is up, strain the meat of all its juices, and place the pork on a cutting board. 
Use two forks the meat will easily break apart and start looking like delicious pulled pork. The pork should be nice and juicy! This is when you will easily see the "fatty" pieces and you can discard them.

Once all the pork is pulled, put it back into the slow cooker and add as much or as little BBQ sauce as your heart desires! I served our sandwiches on potato rolls with some shredded lettuce and kettle-cooked potato chips.

They were so yummy, we all had seconds.

For more crockpot recipes, you can checkout my Pinterest board, "Rock out with my Crock Out!"

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