Perhaps the pork month puts you in the mood for some barbecue. What sounds more appetizing is a super tender textured pork meal with taste of a real smoked barbecue – pulled pork.
Pulled pork is usually a nice pork shoulder or butt that is smoked for hours at a low temperature. This easy recipe infuses the pork with a pleasant, smoky barbecue flavor and aroma while slow-cooked in a slow cooker or crock pot. Since I typically add just an ample amount of liquid for my sauce so my meat does not swim in a pool of water, my pulled pork usually ends up a little saucy resulting to an incredibly moist, tasty and tender meat that just falls at the touch of a fork.
- 6 lbs. pork shoulder or pork butt, trimmed of any excess fat
- 1 large onion, sliced finely
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, or wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons mustard
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 3-4 pieces crushed garlic, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt, add more if needed
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup water
Scatter onions on the bottom of your slow cooker, or crock pot then put the pork on top so it sits on the onions. Form your barbecue sauce by whisking all remaining ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add more pepper or salt if necessary. Pour half of the sauce over the pork. Reserve the other half. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours maximum.
After the long cooking, remove pork from slow cooker or crock pot and transfer to a large bowl. Cut the meat into strips, or shred with a fork then put back into slow cooker. Cook further for about 5 minutes, or until meat has soaked up sauce just enough. This easy recipe for pulled pork can be held on the "warm" setting in the slow cooker, or crock pot for serving. You may serve on soft sandwich rolls, or plain rice topped with extra barbecue sauce, and a side of coleslaw for some crunch.
At one time I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer the night before to defrost, I've been able to cook the same easy recipe for pulled pork in my pressure cooker, frozen, for about 40 minutes with excellent results. You may also add a healthy dose of liquid smoke to the sauce for a stronger barbecue flavor.
Have a barbecue-filled pork month!