Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

It's fall my friends and high time to break out those crock pots. I know, I know... slow cookers can be used in every season, summer included. But let's be honest: the wafting smell of your crock-pot simmering on low is best accompanied by a crisp fall day.

I have a decent library of crock pot recipes that are near and dear to my heart and someday I'd like to share them all with you, if the fates allow. Today, we're going to make some BBQ pulled pork. Sure, pulled pork sandwiches are a bit summery, but it's 70 degrees in Chicago today! Plus, I'd eat pulled pork any season, wouldn't you? Ain't no shame!

In addition to a five to six pound pork shoulder (bone in), here are your ingredients. They are very basic and most likely items you already have lying around in your cupboards or fridge, and they're asking to be used.

After setting the pork on top of the chopped onions placed in your crock pot, combine all of the other ingredients and pour the saucy concoction over the pork, covering it from top to bottom.

Cover and set your slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours, sit back, relax, take a walk, do whatever it is you do when you having a delectable meal cook itself.

Look how it just slides off the bone once it's been cooking for a good several hours. Oh doesn't it look like a treat? Once it's ready, shred it and remove the bone and any extra fat. You can let it sit and get comfortable on warm for a bit too. Now serve on the bread of your choice and eat up the BBQ goodness!

5 to 6 lbs pork shoulder (bone in)
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
1 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP mustard
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 pinches sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/3 cup water
10 to 12 kaiser rolls

1. Place onion on the bottom of your slow cooker. Place pork, trimmed of any obvious excess fat, into slow cooker on top of onions.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients to form the barbecue sauce. Pour half of the sauce over the pork and cover. Set remaining sauce aside.
3. Cook over low heat for about 7 to 8 hours.
4. Shred with two forks and cook for a few more minutes, until meat has soaked up the sauce. Pulled pork can be held on the warm setting in the slow cooker for serving. Serve on soft sandwich rolls, topped with extra barbecue sauce.


Beth said...

thanks for the great recipe. i just made one of our family standard pork slow cooker dishes last night (sweet pork tacos: pork, with cumin, salt, pepper, red onions, salsa and apricot jam), but am in dire need of a new one - this is perfect!

Rachel Lynn said...

This is the second pulled pork recipe I've seen in Blogland today. Must mean I should go and make some!

Looks delicious!

Jessica said...

looks delicious as always sarah!!! and yes.. pulled pork is a year round meal at our house too :)

amylouwho said...

I LOVE crock pot pulled pork. But, you wouldn't really be surprised to know that now would you?

I'm definitely going to try your recipe!

Catherine said...

This sounds really yummy and easy! Even though it's not fall here I might try this. My Mother gave me a crockpot that I hardly ever use because of my lack of good recipes for it. Thanks for sharing.

Amy and Andrew said...

Tried and true. Slow cooked pork is something I discovered later in life, for some reason, and I love it.

The Wellspring said...

This is cooking in our crockpot right now. We didn't have any paprika and I'm hoping it doesn't matter. :) It smells deeeeeelicious!

Cola said...

Thank you for this recipe... it is also currently sitting in my crockpot!

Anonymous said...

got a nine pound but t in the slow cooker right now. second attempt. the first one disappeard fast. gonna t ry the chicken bnext weekend. this pulled pork is a great recipe for sure.

Susannah said...

Love it! We used beef (chuck roast) instead and it was still delicious!