Thursday, May 7, 2009

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Wow. I can't even believe I haven't shared this recipe yet! It's so good I've made it twice so far in the last few months. I showed up with a crock pot full to one of our many family gatherings. We have a pretty large family and this always seems to go pretty far.

There are a lot of recipes for crock pot pulled pork, but I really liked this version from The Way The Cookie Crumbles. She used a spice rub recipe from Cooks Illustrated, so you pretty much can't go wrong with that. Another recipe I'd like to try soon is made with root beer. yum!

If you are using a smaller pork roast, which I did the first time, then I would recommend decreasing the amount of the spice mixture or it will be way to spicy. Also, I think there is too much pepper in the spice rub and will use less next time. Or use less chili powder. Either way, you can sort of play around with it until it is to your preference of spice level. I did not marinate the pork for 3 hours. I skipped this step all together and there was LOTS of flavor.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Spicy Chili Rub:
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons table salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground white pepper

1 (6-8 pound) bone-in pork roast (preferably shoulder or Boston butt)
½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce

1. Mix all spice rub ingredients in small bowl.

2. Massage spice rub all over meat. Wrap tightly in double layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

3. Unwrap roast and place it in a slow cooker. Add liquid smoke, if using, and ¼ cup water. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, until meat is fork-tender.

4. Transfer roast to cutting board and discard liquid. Shred the pork with two forks or your fingers. Discard fat.

5. Place the shredded meat back into the slow cooker; toss with 1 cup barbecue sauce, adding more to taste. Heat on low for 30-60 minutes or until ready to serve. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.

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