Learning to cook slow cooker pulled pork was one of my News Years Resolutions as we’d been dying to try it for ages.
We saw a giant version on Man Vs Food (how on earth does he eat as much as he does) before Christmas and it looked delicious so we knew we wanted to try it but I thought it would be really complicated to make. Thanks to the magic of Google, I’ve found lots of different recipes and ways to make it – marinade this, rub that, cook in the smoker, add this spice and that spice. All of which I’m sure would be delicious but not my style at all as I like our meals to be quick and easy.
The main theme of all the slow cooker pulled pork recipes I found was obviously pork, slow cooked and with some sort of barbecue flavouring added to it. So I decided to just wing it using some BBQ sauce that I had in (it was actually hunters chicken sauce but that’s the same thing right?).
My simplified version of slow cooker pulled pork turned out to be one of the easiest, most delicious meal we’ve had in quite a while so I thought I’d share it with you today.
* Buy a joint of pork – I find that shoulder is usually the cheapest and works well with this recipe.
* Put your joint of pork in the slow cooker with a little water and cook on a low setting until the joint is completely cooked through – usually around 6 – 8 hours, depending on how big the joint is that you’re cooking. Some recipes call for you to cook the meat in root beer or stock but water works just as well and there’ll be plenty of flavour added shortly!
* When the meat cooked through, use two forks to pull the meat apart and get rid of all the fatty bits, trying not to nibble too much at it at this point. I had to keep slapping away hands as I was shredding the pork and I would’ve had no complaints if I’d served it just plain like this!
* Then you need to put all the meat back in the slow cooker and mix in the barbecue sauce of your choice – be it a ready made version in a jar (as favoured by me) or a home made version of your own. I used a large jar of sauce (500g) that I’m sure I picked up for less than a pound which to me, is great value considering the time and effort it saved me.
* Turn the slow cooker up to high and cook the barbecue pork mix for an hour or so – keep an eye on it as it’s on high though as it might burn a little bit and that pan will then take forever to clean 😉
That’s it, you’re good to go. It really does taste so delicious that no one will guess how little effort it takes to make – just hide the barbecue sauce jar and let people worship your domestic goddess skills.
There’s all sorts of ways you can serve slow cooker pulled pork but my favourite is just on a bun topped with apple sauce. Add some fries and coleslaw on the side and you’re good to go. I was considering making some sort or lasagne with the leftovers -until I realised that someone had eaten half the leftovers for his supper that night while I was relaxing in the bath!
Considering the joint of pork cost £3.50 (reduced bargain) and the sauce cost £1, we definitely got a lot out of it. It could have easily stretched to two meals for us all if we hadn’t been so greedy and someone hadn’t eaten most of the leftovers before I got chance to do anything with them.
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