I learned while writing this post, there is nothing "pretty" about taking a photo of raw meat. Or cooked meat for that matter. At least I haven't really learned how to make it look it's best. Unless it is steak, but I eat that way too quickly and try and snap a photo of that. This pork isn't the prettiest gal at the dance here, but it sure tastes damn good.
I snagged this recipe from my mom, who adapted it from Everyday Food when it was still a monthly magazine. I LOVED that magazine, do any of y'all get that? When I moved from Florida I lost a bunch of them in my move and it still makes me so sad. You can still find a lot of the recipes online, but its not the same ya know. I loved the little book and all the practical recipes they stuffed in there every month. Maybe we can petition Martha to bring that sucker back??
But back to this pork! Growing up in the South, pulled pork was EVERYTHING. A big deal. Don't mess with the South and their BBQ. I still remember going to Sonny's for lunches as a kid and all the time in high school with my friends. Then in college we would always find these run down places on the side of the road that had THE BEST BBQ! I'd always get the pulled pork and a big ol' cup a sweet tea at all of these places...mmmm...so yummy! I'm so predictable, but if it ain't broke!
Now a days when I head back to Florida, we always make sure to grab a meal of BBQ somewhere. I can't so much do the sweet tea any more, but I never tire of the pork goodness.
Now, this pulled pork recipe is in no way, shape, or form a good sub for any thing close to Southern BBQ, but it passes and works for me here in California. It is crazy easy since you can just through it all in the slow cooker. It makes a ton too and you can easily double it if the size of you cooker allows. I've made a batch of this for an office pot luck in the past - big hit.
This stuff is good as a main dish, on a sandwich with some cole slaw, as breakfast with an over easy egg on top, inside of tacos, and even on a salad. I have a particular salad creation of this pork, a green apple, and sauerkraut over a bed of greens. It is quite lovely.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Makes 4-6 servings // adapted from my mom who adapted it from Everyday Food
- 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 3-4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
In a small bowl, combine sugar, cayenne, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
Place pork in the slow cooker and rub with the spice mixture
In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, onion and chicken broth; pour over pork.
Cook on low for 6-8 hrs.
When done, transfer pork to a cutting board and with two forks, shred the meat. Toss with reserved juices that were left over and serve in desired way.
Enjoy you faux BBQ!