Pulled. Pork. Enough said.
No, wait … I must say more - juicy, smokey, meaty, tasty, home-cooked, flavorful, sweet and tangy.
We first had this Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot a couple of years ago at my friend Kara’s Luau Party. The Crock Pot was completely empty in less than 30 minutes. You know good food when you see it. And, NOBODY passed this one by.
This recipe is pretty easy considering the Crock Pot does most of the work for you. All you have to do is endure the delectable smell wafting through the house for 12 hours. If you put it on at night like I did, here’s what you’re in for. Every time you roll over, you get a whiff of it and just smile to yourself knowing what’s ahead the next day.
Here’s how you can have smokey Pulled Pork without a smoker and from the comfort of your own kitchen:
2 lb. Boston Butt (pork shoulder) Readily available down South, but the only place I could find it here was BJ’s Wholesale. This feeds 8-10.
1 Tbsp. minced onions
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 2-Liter Coke (or 6-7 cans)
2 bottles of your favorite BBQ Sauce (We used Jack Daniel’s Original No.7 Recipe. We also like Sweet Baby Ray’s)
You can rinse your pork shoulder, if you like. When I remember, I like to give it a quick rinse and pat dry. Place it in your Crock Pot. Add brown sugar, minced onions and about 1/3 of the 2-Liter Coke (or a couple of cans), Some people also add a little Worcestshire Sauce. Turn the Crock Pot on lowest setting (on mine, the lowest was 10 hrs. - so we used that one). Wait 10 -12 hours.
My Boston Butt (aka pork shoulder) was about 2 lbs. and took up most of the room in my Crock Pot, so I couldn’t add all of the coke. Use your best judgment on how much of the Coke to add so it doesn’t overflow, but the meat is mostly covered. We had to drain a little off before we went to bed so the Crock Pot wouldn’t overflow during the night.
Next, carefully separate the meat from the bone. It’s hot, so be careful! Next, here’s a photo of what it looks like and how to remove and shred the meat.
Cut meat off the bone and pull apart with two forks or your fingers. Still hot; be careful, y’all! Naked (without sauce) pork is really tasty and is good to make a sandwich with. Just add a little salt and mayonnaise. Yum. But, wait, there’s more.
Looking for traditional Pulled Pork BBQ? Simply add a container of your favorite BBQ sauce and stir. Mmmm.
It’s good alone served with sweet pickles and potato chips or as a Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot is one recipe you’ll be making again and again throughout the coming months. Home-cooking made easy.
Enjoy. And, y’all come back real soon. Love, Cindy