Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Slow Cooker Carolina Pulled Pork

When Gracie and I went to California for my nephew's graduation, my sister-in-law made this wonderful BBQ sandwich that she got from Pinterest. I immediately decided I would make it for Robert.

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder blade roast (3 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper sauce
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split  (We used regular bread.)
  • 1 pint (2 cups) coleslaw with sweet-and-sour dressing (from deli) (Optional)
  •  BBQ sauce
  • Notes:  My sister-in-law used a pork butt roast, so that's what I used, too.  I could only find a 6 pound roast, so I doubled the dry rub ingredients and increased the wet ingredients by 50% which made the crockpot almost completely full.

    1.  Trim the roast of fat.  This was a difficult procedure for me.  I think this was the first time I ever tried to handle pork, and it was not easy for me.  The fat really clings to the meat.  I didn't remove all of it, but most of it.
    2.  Mix the brown sugar, kosher salt, pepper, and paprika.  Rub all over the pork roast.
    3.  Place the pork roast into the crockpot.  Set it on low.
    4.  Mix together the cider vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper sauce.  Pour over the pork roast.
    5.  Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
    6.  Shred the pork (I highly recommend using a mixer with the paddle attachment.)
    7.  You can put the pork back into the crockpot and mix together.  I did not.  I served from the mixing bowl.
    8.  Optional:  Mix with BBQ sauce or add BBQ sauce to your sandwich.
    9.  Some people put coleslaw on their BBQ sandwiches.

    Robert really liked it as I hoped he would.  For some reason, I didn't like cooking this.  I didn't even try to eat any of it until the next day.  The smell just didn't agree with me at all.  (No, I am not pregnant!)  I was also still kind of grossed out from handling the raw meat.  However, when I tried it the next day, I really liked it.

    My husband used the pork broth to make rice and added shrimp and cajun sausage.  He liked it, though he said it's very rich.  I ate some of it but didn't care for it that much. To each his own.

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    1. I've NEVER made a pork roast! I'll have to try this! Thanks for posting.

    2. This sounds delicious!! Is that picture one of your actual sandwich? Looks soooo good!!