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Aug 13, 2014 07:58 PM

Bland Crockpot Pulled Pork

Has anyone ever made a flavorful crockpot pork shoulder? I've tried a couple times but every time the taste is very bland. This time I seasoned with just salt and pepper. Then I put the pulled pork in the broiler to sear it. After that I put it in the crockpot with no liquid, as I've always been worried that when I've made it past times that the flavor was diluted from too much liquid.

Despite this, the meat still turned out with barely any taste. Does anyone have any tips or tricks? Or should I switch to a dutch oven?

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  1. My mom used to cook it, take it out and shred it, put it back in the pot, and dump some BBQ sauce (probably Kraft) in with it. I wouldn't really call it BBQ, but put it on a hamburger, add some Cole slaw, and it was pretty good..

    1. Pork is a bland meat; you have to season it with some flavor and do more to it than just add salt & pepper. If you were doing this on a grill or smoker, you wouldnt need much more than salt & pepper because the smoke would add flavor over an extended period of time. With a slow cooker, you have to add the flavor. If you think a pork shoulder would be diluted from too much liquid released from the meat, you need to heavily season it to allow for that. I cook pork in the slow cooker regularly and have not experienced this problem.