I love recipes that are easy to make, that make a large quantity of food, and don't require turning your oven on. When my brother and sister in law came up to the lake to visit while we were on vacation last week, I made pulled pork in the crockpot (perfect considering the heat wave we were having in Maine). This recipe is very versatile and literally makes enough to feed a small army. You can put this together in the crockpot in the morning in less than 5 minutes and stay out of the kitchen all day!
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
1/2 onion, sliced
4 pound pork shoulder, trimmed of any visible fat
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 can soda (pepsi, coke, cherry coke, 7Up, rootbeer, ginger ale, whatever)
Directions:Placed sliced onion in bottom of crockpot. Remove any netting or string from pork shoulder (it may fall apart slightly, no worries). Trim any large pieces of visible fat. Generously salt and pepper pork shoulder.
Rub the brown sugar all over the pork. Don't be afraid to use your hands to really rub in the salt, pepper and brown sugar.
Place the pork over the sliced onions in the crockpot.
Add a can of soda to the crockpot - any kind. It really doesn't matter what kind of soda you use, but please do not use diet soda.
Cover and turn crockpot on low for about 8 hours, or until the pork is tender and falling apart.
You will probably end up with several large pieces, which is okay. Remove from crockpot and place on cutting board. Remove the liquid from the crockpot and reserve 1/2 cup (strain and discard the onions).
Using two forks, shred the pork. Remove any pieces of fat. Place the shredded pork back into the crockpot, and add about 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid.
Add 1 to 2 cups of your favorite bbq sauce to the shredded pork, depending how saucy you like it.
Let the pork and bbq sauce meld together in the crockpot for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Yum. Doesn't that look great?
Serve the pulled pork and build your sandwich. Here is how we like ours - first, pulled pork.
Second, a drizzle of more bbq sauce.
Third, a bit of coleslaw. Wow, my mouth is watering just looking back at these pictures.
Fourth, a couple of dill pickles.
Delicious. And messy. But so soo sooo good.
Seriously, you have to make this. It is super easy and taste delicious. We love having leftovers too. Leftover pulled pork is tasty in a sandwich, but is also great in quesadillas with some shredded pepper jack cheese.
Oh, and did I mention that these pulled pork sandwiches are kid approved?
Get out your crockpot and enjoy!