Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pulled pork. Because I don't just bake. (Yes, I do.)

After The Husband went on and on about how goooood the pulled pork sandwich was at the fair, I felt a need to declare that I could do better.

So, yesterday, before diving head first into peanut butter cupcakes, I made this pork. In my slow cooker. (Do you call it a slow cooker? Or a crock pot?)

I only had a bite of his sandwich at the fair, but... I think I succeeded. (Husband? Feel free to confirm.) (If you know what's good for you.)

It really was tasty and incredibly tender. And since I share everything with you, here's the recipe in case you're interested. (Sadly, I have a crock pot the size of my fist, so I had to cut this recipe in half.)

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Cut boneless pork shoulder crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. Partially freezing it will make slicing easier. (I used pork shoulder spare ribs (or something to that effect). They were pre-cut into thick strips which I then cut in half to make fit.)

In the slow cooker, combine pork, onion, garlic, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, pepper, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce; mix well and cover. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 hours or until the meat is tender.


  1. I'm always looking for new slow cooker recipes so thanks. Pulled pork is my man's favorite sandwich so I should probably make this for him...

  2. Nice tip on partially freezing the meat before you cut it...that had never occurred to me before. Thanks!

  3. And what will make that sandwich EVEN BETTER (not that it doesn't look excellent now) is a big heap of cold slaw on top of the pork. I know it sounds weird but we have recently discovered that this is absolutely awesome.

  4. Deanna, I love my slow cooker. I just wish I used it more often. Make this for your man... if he's been a good boy. ;)Emily, no problem! It never occurred to me either... until I read it somewhere.Debbie, I love me a good slaw. If you've got a good recipe, don't hold out on me.

  5. And not only slaw but hot sauce. I don't know why, but no matter how you cook the pork and what you add, slaw and hot sauce make it more complete.It's like, perfect.

  6. I call it a crock pot and think this looks so yummy for summer (or anytime of the year, really). I was also happily surprised to see the new moon countdown and know that I'm not the only one who can't wait!Justine

  7. DominiqueJuly 21, 2009

    Can i ask you? In the picture the pork looks dry, not wet, like its been put under a grill or something when it was readdy? Did you do that, or does the pork come out of the slowcooker looking like that? And dit you make the pieces smaller after cooking?Please excuse me if there are wrong words, I'm from Holland, so my english is not realy fluent.

  8. AnonymousJuly 22, 2009

    Yumm!!! *drool* I call it a crock pot. When I cook in it I say I'm "crock pott'in it". For example... "Hey what's for dinner?" "We're Crock pott'in it tonight! Pulled pork bab-ay!!"Thanks for the post it looks great.-L

  9. This looks so good! Another thing to add to my grocery list! Thank you!

  10. I'm making this tomorrow because of you. Bought all the ingredients today. The way you write about it makes it sound delicious.

  11. Hi Dominique, this is the pork after I pulled it out of the liquid and shredded it. It was not dry and not put under a broiler. It was super tender and delicious. Usually, you'd put some sauce over it on a sandwich, but my husband prefers it without sauce. Hope that helps!

  12. DominiqueJuly 23, 2009

    Ok thanks for your awnser, i'm going to try to make this next week!

  13. I am always in the mood for porky goodness. I do however have one problem. I think to do this recipe right you have to sear the pork roast first. In fact all roasts should be seared before being slow braised in my opinion. All that being said. I would slap a bean pie selling muslim for a pork sandwich from your crockpot.

  14. I don't remember how I found your blog, but I've had this recipe bookmarked for a while now. I made it today in the slower cooker and have just finished eating it. It's so going in my Big Book O' Things I Can Cook. Fantastic.