How To Make Pulled Pork In A Slow Cooker
I am not a huge fan of pork but my family is and when meat is cheap I will buy it to make sure I can feed my whole family foods on a budget. This slow cooker pulled pork is easy to make and so tender and flavorful that even I enjoyed it.
The best part of making pulled pork in a slow cooker is that I could easily put the food in first thing in the morning and by the time we were ready to eat it was extremely tender and juicy. Then we shredded and added some of our favorite barbecue sauce and dinner was ready.
Why it’s smart to make slow cooker pulled pork
The slow cooker is truly one of the best tools you have for taking cheaper cuts of meat and turning them into tender juicy perfection, in this case, I used some pork buts I had gotten last year for 97 cents a pound that was starting to look rough in the deep freezer.
Not only was this incredibly easy and perfect for making cheap cuts of meat into a delicacy to make pulled pork you really need a long slow cook that is easiest done in a slow cooker over other options like a smoker that can take all day and need constant monitoring.
How to cook your pulled pork in a slow cooker
Cooking your pork in a slow cooker is easy. While you can choose to leave hot the vegetables I decided to use these really helps to add flavor to these old pork butts. If you do not have fresh onion and garlic and want to infuse these flavors you can use dried minced or even onion powder and garlic powder.
Place your meat, onions, and minced garlic or whole garlic cloves into your slow cooker. Do not add any more water. Your meat will make a broth on its own leaving you with tender meat.
Set on high for the best results. After your meat has cooked down for a few hours you can easily cut or rip it into smaller sections to keep cooking down.
When you are ready to serve drain out the excess broth your meat and vegetables have made while cooking.
Shred your meat using a couple of forks.
Mix in your barbecue sauce and serve from your slow cooker.
Making crock pot pulled pork for a larger group
One of the best things about using your slow cooker to make pulled pork is that you can cook it and serve it right out of the slow cooker to feed a large group without worrying about the meat getting cold.
This batch was two standard-size pork butts from Meijer in my 7 quart Crock-Pot but for a larger group, you can cut up the meat into smaller chunks to fit more before cooking and easily fit enough for a very larger crowned into a single slow cooker.
What barbecue sauce goes well with pulled pork?
For this one we used Sweet Baby Rays and it was just perfect. If I had the ingredients on hand this would have been absolutely amazing with my Blue Moon Barbecue sauce.
You can use any of your favorite barbecue sauces. If you are looking for a recipe these amazing barbecue sauce recipes are great. You can use any sauce you like.
How to serve pulled pork
Pulled pork is great for serving with all of your cookout favorites like macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and corn on the cob. This goes amazing with steakhouse onion chips. You can use the leftovers to make pulled pork sliders.