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Monday, January 28, 2013

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I love pulled pork...pork, pork, pork...down in my belly.  So, anyway, I searched high and low for a good recipe for pulled pork, but there are so many different ones and there was not one that I liked from start to finish.  So I decided to just throw one together on my own.  It came out terrific!  I would absolutely make this again.  Alter it as you see fit.  Use the spices you like.  You can pretty much wing it.  You'll love it if you love pork.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3-4 lbs. pork (I used a pork roast although all the recipes call for butt or shoulder and it was delicious), trimmed of any visible fat
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce plus more for serving

Put the onion and garlic on the bottom of your slow cooker and add the chicken broth.  Mix together the chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and sugar and rub it evenly onto your pork.  Place the pork in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours (I cooked it for 9.)  When it's finished cooking, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks.  Strain the remaining liquid into a small bowl.  Discard the solids, and put the liquid into the freezer so that the fat becomes solidified on the top and you can strain it again into another bowl.  Put your shredded pork back in the slow cooker.  Once you are able to strain the additional fat from the cooking liquid, heat it back up in the microwave for about a minute and add 1/2 cup of the hot juice back to the slow cooker.  Add 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce to the pork.  Combine everything and serve on rolls with additional barbecue sauce.  Enjoy!

You can add more or less of the juice and/or barbecue to suit your tastes.  I want to go light on the barbecue sauce to avoid a lot of sugar and calories.

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