Sunday, January 9, 2011

Crockpot Pulled Pork

Crockpots (or slow cookers if you will) are the greatest invention for busy families and over-worked moms. You can throw a bunch of ingredients in it before you rush out the door in the morning, and when you come home 8 hours later dinner is ready and waiting for you (with minimal dishes to do, bonus!).

Even as a stay-at-home mom I appreciate the slow cooker cause every day around here isn't all sunshine and lollipops. Some days having dinner cook itself without me needing to be standing at the stove is a Godsend.

This is a popular recipe around these parts, hubs likes anything on a bun and the kids will eat anything that has barbeque sauce on it. Now, if you're feeling all energetic (more power to ya, I'm tired) you can make your own barbeque sauce and use that, but I find the jarred stuff just as good as any home made sauce I've had.

Try this recipe mid week and you'll be kissing your crockpot when you get home. (but don't really cause it's hot!)

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Crockpot Pulled Pork

1 pork picnic shoulder (around 2kg or 5lbs) untrimmed (do NOT remove the fat cap)
2-3 tbsp Amanda's No-So-Secret Dry rub *recipe below*
1 onion, sliced into rings
1 c of your favourite barbeque sauce (I use a 1/2 cup Bull's Eye Hickory and a 1/2 cup of Diana's Chicken and Rib)

Amanda's No-So-Secret Dry Rub (great on chicken, pork, steaks and burgers!)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tbsp smoked chipotle powder
2 tbsp seasoned salt
1/2 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tbsp ground ginger

1. Rub the pork shoulder with 2-3 tbsp (or enough to fully cover the shoulder) of the dry rub and allow to "marinate" over night wrapped up in the fridge.
2. Slice the onion (can be done the night before to save time in the morning) and spread out rings over the bottom of your slow cooker.
3. Place the pork shoulder on top of the onions and pour barbeque sauce over the meat.
4. Cover and set your slower cooker to low and allow to cook for at least 8 hours.
5. When the meat is fork tender (it falls apart when you stick a fork in it) remove the shoulder from the crockpot and place on a cutting board. Remove the fat cap, any string and other large pieces of fat and discard.
6. Using 2 forks pull the meat apart into stringy sections and return to the crockpot.
7. Lightly butter rolls and grill or toast until light brown.
8. Top buns with pulled pork, cooked onions and a bit of additional barbeque sauce and serve!

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