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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The last seven weeks I have been working out at the MN Renascence Festival on top of my day job which I usually do some over time so cooking at home has been at a minimum for many of a week.  All I can say is that if the zombie apocalypse happened I would fit right in! One thing I did cook was some awesome slow cooker pulled pork that I took out for my co-workers.

I made sandwiches out of these but you could do so much with the end product.  I am thinking of nachos, tacos, over rice or mashed potatoes with gravy from the left over cooking liquid, for that matter why not put in a cottage pie, casserole or hot-dish.  You could do any of these with the leftovers if you have any!

  • 4ish lb pork roast (shoulder or Boston butt) bone in
  • Spice rub (I used this one)
  • 1 12 oz. amber beer (sub chicken stock if you like) I used Red Hook’s Copper Hook
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 yellow onion quartered
  • Several cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Several stalks of fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Rub your favorite pork dry rub onto the entire roast, I used the left over rub from my ribs.  Let it sit in fridge for up to 12 hours (optional).  Put onion on bottom of slow cooker throw in garlic then place roast on top, add beer and vinegar around roast and then the rest of the ingredients, cover and put on low and cook for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

in the slow cooker

Pull out of cooker and let cool slightly, it should be falling apart at this point.  Pull pork, which will not be hard at all, into thin strands and use as you like. I made sandwiches with a yogurt based coleslaw (see this post) on top and a NC vinegar bbq sauce that I was not completely pleased with so I will leave that one out until I perfect it.

pulled pork

Cole Slaw Yogurt Dressing

Nice alternative to mayo based dressings for coleslaw that is it is healthier as well and it adds a nice zing to the cabbage.

  • 2 cups plan or Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbls. apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 -2 tsp. paprika
  • Several dabs of hot sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together and put pour over a slaw that is made with any of the following depending on your mood:

  • Green and red cabbage
  • Shredded carrots
  • Thinly sliced onion red or white
  • Tart apples sliced thin such as granny smith

Use as a side dish or top the sandwich with it! 

See my other slaw and pulled pork recipe here.

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