Easy Pulled Pork

It has been a super busy week with all of us running in different directions and not enough 20160226_170843time to sit down to a home-cooked meal with the family let alone actually taking the time to cook the meal.

Pork shoulders were on sale this week and it sounded like a good hot meal. Now, we just needed the time to cook something that needs a low and slow cook time. Enter the crock-pot! Friday morning I concocted my own BBQ cooking sauce, tossed in the pork shoulder (quite literally as it plopped into the pot and splashed the sauce all over the darn kitchen!) and let it cook away while we all worked.

Coming home to that wonderful pulled pork smell was so awesome! We are trying to cut back on the carbs so instead of putting it on a roll for a pulled pork sandwich, we had it on our plate next to a side salad and steamed green beans.

Most folks have their own sauce or BBQ favorites but what I did was put the following in the crock-pot and whisk together before putting the meat in.

1 cup Pepsi soda (helps break down the meat and gives it a bit of sweetness)

1/2 cup Pap’s BBQ sauce

1/4 cup balsamic red apple vinaigrette

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Whisk all together in crock-pot. Before adding the pork shoulder, trim off any skin or extra fat.

Add in your pork shoulder and turn the crock-pot on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 4-5).

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Once the pork is cooked, remove the pork bones and then shred the meat with two forks.

Stir around in the sauce and let the meat soak up the juices for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

 

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4 responses to “Easy Pulled Pork”

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread says :

    We love pulled pork and eat it about once a month. We also use some of it to make Brunswick stew the second night. 🙂

  2. Eliza Waters says :

    The crock pot is perfect for this application. Last week we used pot roast in a cajun recipe using pepperoncini, salt, pepper, butter, dressing of paprika, mayo and vinegar – it was fantastic, if a tad spicy. Next time I’ll use fewer pepperoncini.

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