This is a super easy, super yummy way to make pulled pork at home without a fancy smoker. The ingredients are really easy, and you will most likely have many of them in your pantry already. The one thing you may have to buy is a pork butt (pork shoulder, etc. There are a lot of different names but just something good for pulled pork). I got mine at the butcher, but a grocery store may sell them. We just don't have a lot of really good grocery stores in town and its sad :(
Now for the recipe:
Crockpot Pulled Pork
adapted from: A Year of Slow Cooking
*my notes in italics
- 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder*
- 1 onion, sliced in rings
- 2 cups ketchup (a 24oz bottle seems to be exactly 2 cups)
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (I probably added about a tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (again, I added about a tablespoon and I used the Chipotle kind)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or more depending on taste)
- 1-2 tsp liquid smoke
- Use a 6 quart crockpot.
- Trim meat, and place into your crockpot. Add sliced onion.
- Squeeze in 2 cups of ketchup, and then pour 1/2 cup warm water into the ketchup bottle and shake. Pour the ketchup-y water into your crock.
- Add vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
- Take the meat out and shred with two forks. Pour some sauce over the meat and then more over it when you make a sandwich. I wouldn't recommend shredding the meat in the pot with the sauce because it may become too "sauced."
- Serve over rice, or make sandwiches on rolls or sliced bread.
*Note: Make sure you trim the fat off of your meat. I made the mistake of not doing this and the sauce was a little greasy. It should still be nice and tender since it is braising for such a long time in so much liquid.