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Super Easy Pulled Pork

Super Easy Pulled Pork

I love a good pulled pork sandwich, and I’m willing to pay for it, especially at Bubba’s BBQ, just over the Missouri border.

For the longest time, I thought that this delicacy was high art beyond my culinary capability. And yes, it probably is on the high end, but it turns out that you can get pretty close to high end with just a slow cooker and dang near anything in your fridge and pantry.

There are four key ingredients to a tasty pulled pork sandwich.

  1. Pork Shoulder; your grocery may call this Pork Butt; same thing.
  2. Some kind of acidic ingredient, like vinegar or citrus juices, or even a can of soda. (We tried Dr. Pepper; delicious.)
  3. Some kind of sweet and savory (and spicy?) something. You can use off-the-shelf BBQ sauce, honey mustard, ketchup and brown sugar, mango puree; you do you. Use up all those fast food dippin’ sauces you got piled up in the side drawer. It’ll be good, trust me.
  4. Bread and toppings. I have a weakness for Kaiser rolls, but you can go full on Ciabatta with Herbs™ or day old bargain buns; don’t matter. Seek out some toppings to make the creation uniquely yours: cheese, more BBQ sauce, fried onions, spicy pickles; whatever.

My Recipe

This is how we typically prepare our pulled pork here at Baker’s Acre.

Prepare the Meat

  • 3-4 lbs - pork shoulder (aka pork butt)

There will be a good deal of fat on any pork shoulder. Cut off the large sections of fat and discard them. You don’t have to remove every trace; you want some fat to provide flavor; leave more if you want a fattier end product.

raw pork shoulder

Optional : Pork Rub

  • 2 tbsp - Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp - Paprika
  • 2 tsp - Kosher Salt

Combine the rub ingredients and massage them into the pork shoulder for full coverage. I like to wrap it in plastic and let it sit overnight in the fridge, but you don’t have to.

Create the Sauce

In a small pan, warm the oil over medium heat and saute the onion and pepper until soft, but do not brown them. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the meat); stir and simmer for about 5 minutes. Transfer this sauce to your slow cooker or crock pot. Add the pork shoulder and use a spoon to splash the sauce all over the meat.

Slow Cooker

Cook covered on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. I prefer the low setting, but time does not always allow. Resist the urge to open the lid throughout the day; keep those aromas and liquids inside. The pork should be falling apart with the touch of a fork.

pork shoulder in crock pot

At this point, you have two choices: 1) you can shred the pork with a fork in all those juices; or 2) you can pull it out and shred it on a plate. It all depends on how messy you want it to be. I like to keep the sauce separate and spoon it onto the pork to taste.

pulled pork

Serve on Kaiser rolls with Famous Dave’s Devil’s Spit Pickle Chips.

One final note: you can refridgerate this and warm some up for lunches for a week. I do this for work lunches all the time. It beats peanut butter and jelly; and I like peanut butter and jelly!

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