Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Until you've made pulled pork, you think that it's something quite time consuming and special.  And hey, I'm not saying that it's not a thing of beauty, but it's reeeallll easy to make.  Probably one of the easiest things that I make.  I will also warn you that you shouldn't probably go making this every week because it isn't the healthiest of meals, but it is a nice treat every once in a while.  This recipe is also amazing if you're having company because it feeds a lot of people at a good price and it's one of those things that you can set it and forget it (correct me if I'm wrong, but that was a line from an infomercial once upon a time, no?)  Anyways not much to say about this one except it is delicious and pretty hard to screw up, so it's great for beginners and a great way to cook during the summer that isn't going to heat your whole house up!

S L O W  C O O K E R  P U L L E D  P O R K    R E C I P E

☂ 4-5 lb. pork shoulder
☂ 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
☂ ½ Tbsp. cumin
☂ 1 tsp. cinnamon
☂ 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
☂ 1½ Tbsp. chili powder
☂ 1½ Tbsp. salt
☂ 1 tsp. coriander
☂ 1 Tbsp. paprika
☂ 1 tsp. black pepper
☂ 2 red onions, thinly sliced
☂ 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

☂ Heat slow cooker to the 6 hour high heat setting or the 8-10 hour low heat depending on how long you wish to cook it (it becomes more tender when you cook it on low for a longer amount of time.)
☂ Place onion slices and chicken broth at the bottom of the slow cooker to act as a bed for the pork shoulder.
☂ Mix all the seasonings and spices together in a bowl and pat them onto the outside of the pork shoulder, completely covering it.
☂ Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker and sprinkle any remaining spices over the pork and the onions.  
☂ Put the lid on top of the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours of high or 8 to 10 hours on low.
☂ While the pork is cooking you can whip up some homemade barbecue sauce.  I always use my recipe for Texas BBQ sauce that I definitely recommend making with this!
☂ After the pork has cooked, pull it out of the slow cooker and shred with two forks.  To make sure the pork isn't dry, moisten it with a few tablespoons of the liquid it cooked in and top it off with the cooked onions and barbecue sauce.
☂ I love to serve this with some tangy vinegar based coleslaw and kettle sea salt and vinegar chips all smothered in homemade barbecue sauce, but feel free to serve it on buns, on pizza, or just on its own.  Whatever your heart desires.
☂ WALAH!  Enjoy and start feeling nourished

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