Jun 17, 2009

Slow-cooked Pulled Pork

Got another recipe for you all... if you're interested.

I'm not big on measuring things. I just kind of "wing it" as I go along but I'll try to give you some measurements to use for this.

I made some BBQ pulled pork the other night and posted about it on my Facebook page.
Not everybody reads that, so I'm putting the recipe on here for you in case you want to try it out.

You'll need:
Pork Shoulder (you can use bone-in, but boneless makes it easier to "pull" after it's cooked)
How much to use? Well, for this recipe... make a fist with your hand. Now get about 2 - 3 times that size in pork shoulder meat.
Barbecue Sauce
You can use what ever kind you like. Or make your own sauce... it's pretty easy.
For this recipe I used the cheapest kind I could find. (It was on sale at Fred Meyer for under $1 a bottle)
Onion (I used a regular yellow onion)
Spicy Brown Mustard (or you could use stone-ground mustard)
Red Pepper Flakes (the kind you shake onto pizza)
Buns or Rolls (your choice as to what kind to use. They're just for putting the pork on to make a sandwich with)

1. In a crockpot, pour a little bit of the sauce (enough to cover the bottom but not more than 1/4 inch deep) and then place your pork inside the pot.
2. Thinly slice your onion and put it on the pork. (You can use as much or as little onion as you please. I maybe used about 3 Tbsp. Just be sure to make it really thin when you cut it.)
3. Then pour some BBQ sauce on top of the pork, just enough to cover it and toss in some red pepper flakes (again... as much or as little as you'd like. More to make it hotter, less to just give it a little heat).
4. Squirt some mustard on top (about 2 Tbsp) and stir everything with a big wooden spoon just to get it all mixed up good.
5. Turn the crockpot to "low" and let it cook all day (at least 7-8 hours)

The meat should fall apart by that point and any fat from the meat will have cooked out leaving you nothing but BBQ marinated pork meat..
Take out the larger chunks of meat and shred (a.k.a. "pull") them with a couple of forks until you have it all nicely shredded.
Serve it on your choice of rolls or buns with some extra BBQ sauce, mustard, or whatever condiments you prefer. You can even put a slice of cheese on it if you want.

I'm sure those of you who like beer can find something worthy to accompany this.
I, myself, prefer an ice-cold Mike's Hard Lemonade.

This recipe will fill a 3-4 quart crockpot about 1/3 of the way and you'll get about 10 - 12 "hamburger bun"-sized sandwiches with this amount.
You can always increase the amounts if you want to make more.

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