The hardest thing about this dish is remembering to prepare it in the morning. Other than that, it’s a very straight-forward pulled pork recipe that produces succulent, tender, delicious pulled pork. It is not overwhelmingly spicy but still has a nice flavor.
I used store bought bbq sauce because all of the recipes I found use ketchup. It seems kind of weird to me to buy one bottled product to make another bottled product? Maybe this pusedo homemade bbq is awesome and I don’t know what I’m missing, but I went the safe/lazy route and used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.
The recipe calls for 1/2 cup bbq sauce, which may not seem like enough. My thought process is just to add a little for flavor then each person can add more if he/she likes.
Recipe adapted from Chow.com’s Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
simple yet flavorful crock-pot pulled pork
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||8 hours|
|Total time||8 hours, 15 minutes|
- 2-3lb pork shoulder / pork butt (netting removed)
- 1 sliced yellow onion
- 2 sliced garlic cloves
- 1 cup chicken stock (or low sodium broth)
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce (or more to your preference)
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
|1.||Put the sliced onions and garlic in a layer at the bottom of the crock pot. Pour in chicken stock. Mix the spices together then rub the pork with them. Put the pork in the pot.|
|2.||Cook on low for 8 hours.|
|3.||When the pork has finished cooking, remove it from the pot and use two forks to shred it up, removing bones or large pieces of fat.|
|4.||Carefully (using oven mits) pour the remaining contents of the pot through a mesh strainer and return the solids to the pot. Discard the cooking liquid. ** If you don't have a mesh strainer, you can use a slotted spoon to pick out the cooked onions, then discard the remaining liquid.|
|5.||Return the shredded meat to the pot and mix in bbq sauce.|