No matter where you go, once you’ve tasted slow cooker pulled pork, you’ll always find a place for it in your heart as well as in your belly. But it can always be a pain to cook it the old fashioned way; preparing that casserole then getting ready to heat it up for around a couple of hours and sometimes, it might even take the whole day. To some, it’s well worth it since you get that juicy, tender, succulent pulled pork that anyone who knows food dream of.
But to many who either can’t afford the time or resources to cook this legend of a dish, they would rather skip it. But not anymore. Manual slow cooking is now a thing of the past thanks to the Crock pot. A crock pot, to those not in the know, is an electric cooker that slowly cooks your food using low heat and can be left alone for hours on end, heating away. This cookware is just perfect for stews, pot roasts, and other dishes that may require long term, low heat cooking. And one such dish is slow cooker pulled pork.
Slow cooker pulled pork recipes actually have some variation like what part of the pork to use and what do you cook it with
Some suggest that you use the shoulder muscles while others say use tenderloin. Some tell you to cook it in rootbeer while others tell you to rub on some spices.
Even the sauce that goes with it is different like say in Tennessee, they cook pulled pork with tomato based barbecue sauces but in the North Carolina area, they actually use vinegar based sauces or sometimes, they don’t even put any at all. You can find recipes all over the net as well. Some slow cooker pulled pork recipes tell you that their recipe goes with bread as others say theirs go well with boiled rice. But nothing can be closer to the truth than saying “They’re both good.”
Looking around the internet, I stumbled upon an interesting recipe that might just catch your tastebuds. All you’ll ever need are these:
2 pounds pork shoulder (deboned but keeping the bone in can enhance flavor)
1 can or a 12 oz. Bottle of rootbeer (I find A&W rootbeer works great for this recipe)
1 18oz. bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I just fell in love with Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce for this dish but hey, go with your tastes)
8 burger buns, lightly toasted and split
Then all you need to do is place the pork shoulder into the crock pot, pour the rootbeer over the pork, and let it cook for about 6 to 7 hours ‘til it shreds real easily with a fork.
When cooked, let it drain well then stir it in with the BBQ sauce and serve on the buns. slow cooker pulled pork would be a sure winner for any family and should be able to feed 2 to 4 people with ease. Of course, with a bigger meat comes a longer cooking time so if you get a bigger slab, you might want to cook it for around 10 hours. But when you taste this, you will definitely know why this dish is one of my leading favorites. Bon appétit!