Pulled pork is a traditional, and effective, way of cooking tough cuts of meat. It is cooked very slowly and at low temperatures. Although preparing pulled pork does require a lot of time, the effort usually pays as the resulting meat is soft, tasty, tender and moist.
Pulled pork is usually a preferred compliment to hamburger buns. Although there are more interesting alternative cooking styles for this specific part of pork. Pulled pork is also affordable, compared to other cuts of meat. It is usually not served on many restaurants as it is tough and requires a lot of preparation time for it to be tender.
A slow cooker or a crock pot is usually used in cooking pulled pork. Typical cooking time is around six to eight hours. This is why crock pot pulled pork is a great choice for holidays, and important celebrations in which you have time in your hands to prepare the dish. For this recipe you will need a crock pot, and a lot of time.
4 pounds pork shoulder roast
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 large onion, chopped
2 large garlic, crushed
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoon butter
Pour the olive oil into the slow cooker and set it to medium heat. Put the pork shoulder roast, and slowly add the barbecue sauce, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar. Make sure to stir the mixture for about a minute. After that, slowly stir in the mustard, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion, thyme and garlic. Stir in these ingredients one at a time and not all at once. Keep stirring until all ingredients are properly mixed up.
Turn the slow cooker to high heat and let pork shoulder cook for at least 5 hours. Check the roast if its shreds easily using a fork, or until your desired meat consistency is achieved.
Once done, remove the pork shoulders from the slow cooker. Shred the meat using a fork, and return the shredded meat back into the slow cooker. Stir in the mixture making sure that the meat and the juices are properly combine.
Cut the hamburger buns into half. Spread the inside of each buns with butter and toast the buns with the buttered side down. Use a skillet or a pan for toasting. Toast the buns until golden brown. Lastly, add the shredded pork into the toasted buns and serve.
Some might add additional condiments to the shredded pork before serving. Mustard and ketchup are among the popular favorites for this. Other recipes have added coleslaw. For this, you can make the coleslaw while waiting for the pork shoulders to be properly tender. For a more tender pork shoulder, some may advise to slow cook it for up to 10 or 12 hours. While this might add to the preparation time, it does pay in the end as the pork is more tender and soft the longer it is cooked.