Why hasn't pulled pork made it into my cooking repertoire before now? I can't tell you. But I can tell you this: I wish it had made its appearance earlier. It's just so dang EASY. And so dang TASTY.
My brother-in-law tipped me off to the ease of pulled pork last year, and now that I've made it once, I think it's going to be one of those go-to suppers for a busy day.
So here's what I did.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
I started out with this recipe as a guide, but...I didn't really follow the recipe....(I guess I use recipes more as an idea of how long to cook things for.)
I put my 4lb pork shoulder roast, fully defrosted, into the slow cooker on High.
Along with it I threw in:
Large chopped onion
A few cloves of garlic
A can of tomato paste
Some brown sugar (a few tablespoons)
A few splashes of apple cider vinegar
Half a cup (or so) of a spicy apple butter (spiced with allspice, cinammon, cloves, nutmeg etc.)
Half a cup (or so) of applesauce
A splash of Worcestershire Sauce
A tablespoon of yellow mustard
Thyme, Salt, Pepper to taste
A cup (or so) of water (broth would have been better, but I hadn't thought to defrost any in advance)
After 5 hours, the meat was ready! I removed the roast from the sauces, shredded it with a fork, and put the meat back in to soak up some more of the juices until we were ready to eat supper.
We served it on toasted, buttered buns, with a simple coleslaw on the side.