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pine time Dec 10, 2012 03:08 PM

Trying to make a pork convert of Mr. Pine, so I need to wow him with pulled pork. I'll make my own bbq sauce (not too sweet), but I've seen some weird recipes for crockpot pulled pork--many had various sodas poured over the meat. Can you do better than that??? Gracias.

  1. jboeke Dec 11, 2012 10:46 AM

    I can't remember where I got this recipe, but here is our favorite (and it freezes great!)

    Mustard Pulled Pork
    2 Tbsp. of butter
    2 ½ cups chopped white onions
    2 Tbsp. minced garlic
    1 cup cider vinegar
    1 cup water
    1 ½ Tbsp. dry mustard
    2 Tbsp. mustard seeds
    ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
    1 cup sugar
    1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ cup lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. honey
    1 Tbsp. crushed red chili flakes
    ½ tsp. turmeric
    ½ tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. onion powder
    Salt & pepper

    5lb. pork shoulder or Boston butt, cut into 2-inch cubes

    Day 1

    In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent. Add remaining ingredients in order through salt and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Place the pork in crock pot and pour sauce over top. Cook on low, 6-8 hours, until tender enough to pull with a fork. Let cool overnight.

    Day 2

    The melted fat will have solidified on top of the meat and will appear bright yellow. Scoop it off with a spoon and discard. Remove the meat from the mixture and pull apart with fingers, discarding any connective tissue. Spoon some of the cooking sauce into the pork to moisten and flavor it and discard the rest.

    1. Hank Hanover Dec 11, 2012 09:56 AM

      Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
      Ingredients:
      3 1/2 - 4 lb. Package pork carnitas (chunks of Boston butt roast)
      16 ounce jar of barbecue sauce
      12 ounce bottle of beer
      8 ounce can of pineapple juice (You can add another 4ounces if you like but no more.)
      pork rub consisting of onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, and black ground black pepper
      1 large or 2 medium onions rough chopped
      Directions:
      Put onions in bottom of slow cooker. Rub pork rub onto chunks of pork and put in crockpot.
      Add barbecue sauce, dear, and pineapple juice to crockpot. Put the lid on and set too low for eight hours.
      Remove pork to separate plate to cool. While pork is cooling. Strain and defat 4 cups of braising liquid. Put this liquid in a saucepan on medium heat and reduced to 2 – 3 cups. Be sure to bring liquid to boil to kill any lingering bacteria. Adjust sauce to taste. It may be necessary to add vinegar if the sauce is too sweet. It may need liquid smoke. You may want to add more barbecue sauce to thicken it. If you don't wish to use more barbecue sauce you could thicken the sauce with a teaspoon of cornstarch in a slurry.
      Use two forks to shred pork. Discard excess fat. Add some of the braising liquid to the pork and mix. Serve on hamburger buns with a ring of sweet onion and some relish.

      Use a whole bone in boston butt if you can't find carnitas.

      1. t
        travelerjjm Dec 11, 2012 08:51 AM

        My favorite is "Slow Simmered Pork Roast" from Jeff Smith's _Three Ancient Cuisines_. The book has you simmer it, but I do it in the slow cooker. It is great with homemade bbq sauce.

        1. chowser Dec 11, 2012 08:40 AM

          I like Carolina vinegar style pulled pork, not the sweet one, and find a dry rub on the pork yields better tasting pulled pork. I do something along these lines.

          http://savour-fare.com/2009/03/19/car...

          I like the onions in the pulled pork and cut it a little finer than quarters.

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          1. re: chowser
            tcamp Dec 11, 2012 09:01 AM

            That sounds pretty good., chowser. I have tried many sauces and have reached the conclusion that I just don't enjoy any tomato-based BBQ sauce, spicy or sweet or anything in-between. Vinegar style might work. I'm not southern either; CA born and raised.

            1. re: tcamp
              chowser Dec 11, 2012 10:03 AM

              I'm the same way. I avoid any that call for barbecue sauce in a jar, especially ones that are sweet. I'm from California, too (though not born and raised but more years than any other place in my life)--is there a connection? I don't follow the recipe exactly but play w/ it, depending on mood and company.

          2. f
            foodie06 Dec 11, 2012 08:33 AM

            My favorite recipe just uses my homemade bbq sauce poured over and then cook in the slow cooker. I have made the root beer pulled pork (I use a craft root beer) and it was very good.

            1. tcamp Dec 11, 2012 08:25 AM

              I also like to cook with a spice rub and then shred and add sauce at the very end. Often I put the (lightly) sauced meat in the baking dish and crisp in the oven. Depending on how fatty the meat is, I may use a bit of beer or water in the crockpot for moisture.

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                p
                pine time Dec 11, 2012 08:29 AM

                Thanks, all. Tcamp, yours is more what I was thinking of (altho' beer-cooked ones sound good, too)---want a drier meat, little or side sauce, some crispy bits. Appreciate all the advice.

              2. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 10, 2012 04:45 PM

                I use a basic barbecue rub (I think I use McCormick) on the pork and a little beer (Newcastle Brown Ale). Cook for 8 hours on low. Instead of sauce I like to toss the pulled meat with a vinegary sauce that I found for pulled chicken. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pu...

                For those people who prefer sauce I toss the meat w/barbecue sauce before serving. I do it kind of sparingly so people can use as much as they need.

                1. j
                  jessicheese Dec 10, 2012 03:46 PM

                  I like to cook my pork into crockpot with a beer, a touch of BBQ sauce and water to cover. After 6 or so hours, I remove most of the liquid, shred the meat, add sauce, and cook until ready to eat

                  1. f
                    foodieX2 Dec 10, 2012 03:19 PM

                    My favorite is just what you said-home made BBQ sauce poured over a boston but and cook on low for 10+ hours depending on the temp of the crock pot. (My new crock pot cooks at a much higher temp then the old one.)

                    Once the pork is fall apart tender, remove from sauce and crank up to high. While the sauce is boiling, shred the pork with two forks or your hands. Then depending on whether you like saucy or dry either put back in the sauce before serving, or plate the pulled pork and serve sauce on the side.

                    Once thing I do that many have called me out on is defat my BBQ sauce after the pork is cooked. It takes longer because I strain the sauce and pour int a de-fatter, let cool slightly and then boil down the defatted sauce. I like the taste much better.

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                      pine time Dec 10, 2012 03:32 PM

                      Thanks, foodie. Thought I'd need to cook in in {something}, shred, then use my homemade BBQ sauce. That's why I was snarling up my nose at the sugary-soda idea.

                    2. p
                      pine time Dec 10, 2012 03:10 PM

                      Woohoo--glad this showed up...not finding the new format very intuitive for a non-techie.

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