When your busy schedule is holding you back from cooking delicious, homemade meals, it’s time to look to your slow cooker for help. Using a slow cooker is a great way to save time and prepare meals that are both nutritious and flavorful.
You can prep the meal in the morning, add the ingredients into the slow cooker, set the temperature and cooking time, and you’ll be all set when dinner time rolls around. No more frantic ingredient hunting in your pantry or searching the depths of Pinterest for a quick meal as your hunger pangs sink in.
This slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a favorite of mine for many reasons. It’s rather simple (don’t let the number of ingredients scare you off) and the meal options that you can use the pulled pork in are pretty much endless.
In a small bowl, combine all spice rub ingredients.
Pat your pork shoulder with a paper towel to remove moisture.
Sprinkle spice rub seasoning onto the pork shoulder and gently rub until the entire pork shoulder is covered. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until the pork shoulder is near room temperature.
Crush garlic and quarter the onions, then place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Heat a cast-iron skillet on the stove to medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or a tablespoon bacon fat. Slowly place pork shoulder in skillet and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes to develop a nice crust.
Transfer pork shoulder to slow cooker and pour apple cider vinegar on top. Sometimes I’ll sub the apple cider vinegar out and use a local craft beer, like a pilsner or session ale. Chicken or vegetable stock are fine substitutes as well.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (If short on time, cook on high for 4 hours).
Halfway through cooking, flip pork shoulder in the slow cooker.
When the pork shoulder is fully cooked, remove from slow cooker and transfer to a rack to rest on for 15-20 minutes.
Discard stock, onions, and garlic.
Once pork shoulder has cooled, begin the shredding process. This can be done by using two forks to separate the meat or by hands with rubber gloves. Discard any fatty pieces or reserve for a homemade stock or broth.
Mix in Local Folks BBQ sauce to your desired level of sauciness.
Serve right away, refrigerate for 3-4 days, or freeze for 2-3 months.
Suggested Ways to use BBQ Pulled Pork:
BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos with diced Red Onion and fresh Cilantro.
Pair with Cornbread and Collard Greens.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Organic Valley Mild Cheddar Cheese, Red Onion, and Tomato.
Make a BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Lotsa Pasta Pizza Dough, Red Onion, Bell Pepper, and a mix of Mozzarella and Monterey Jack Cheese.
James N. is the Marketing Manager at Green BEAN Delivery and has been with the company for over 6 years. From promoting local farmers to cooking up a storm in the kitchen to getting his hands dirty in his own garden, James lives a life of food. He’ll also talk your ear off about festivals and live music, especially bluegrass and jam bands.