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nigafool 11-18-2008 14:46

[TrailerPark] Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

I usually use a 2-3 pound butt/shoulder in a 5 quart crock pot. You can use a less fatty cut if you want (like a rib or loin roast). It can be boneless or with the bone. I recommend the fattier cuts because they're both cheaper per pound and more flavorful.

You can also skip the sear and the reduction if you're in a hurry, but both will make you happier in the long run.

I recommend using a reynolds 'crock pot liner'. It saves a lot of cleanup when you're done, and also makes transferring the liquid much easier. This is even more useful if you have a newer crock pot, because newer models run hotter, even at the low setting. Cleaning burnt **** off of ceramic sucks ass.

- 1 pork shoulder/butt
- 12 oz. (1.5 cups) liquid (this can really be anything. i use a can of ginger ale. other people use apple juice, diluted vinegar, etc.)
- one onion, cut into slices
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (a recipe for my homemade Jack Daniels sauce is at the bottom)
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- kosher salt, black pepper

1. Lay the onion slices on the bottom of the crock pot.

2. Salt the roast relatively liberally all over while you heat a pan big enough to hold it to medium-high heat. Add the oil to to the pan, and once it's hot, add the roast. Grind the black pepper over the roast while it's in the pan. Sear each side of the pork until it's golden brown.

2. Take the roast out of the pan and put it into the crock pot on top of the onions. Remove the pan from the heat, and deglaze it with your 12 oz. of liquid. Basically just pour it in and use a wooden spoon to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the entire contents of the pan over the roast into the crock pot.

3. Cover the pot and set it to low. You really only need 6 hours for a 2-3 pounder in a newer crock pot. If you have an old crock pot that actually runs at a low temperature (~175), you can probably do 8 hours. Most new pots run over the boiling point on low, from my experience.

4. Remove the roast and put it in a bowl. It will be falling apart at this point. Get a strainer, put it over another bowl (or a fat skimmer if you have one), and pour all the juice from the crock pot through the strainer and into the bowl. Skim/pour off the fat, and pour the juice into a saucepan.

5. You will probably have 2-3 cups of juice. Reduce this on medium heat by at least half in the saucepan. While it's reducing, shred the meat with a pair of tongs or a couple forks.

6. Once the juices are reduced, add the BBQ sauce, bring it up to a simmer for a minute, and then pour the whole thing over the shredded pork.

7. Put some pork on a hard roll and then change your pants.

Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce

Notes: Before adding the thickest ingredients (molasses, tomato paste), I use a stick blender on the mixture in the pot so I can put it in a squeeze bottle without getting chunks of onion/garlic stuck in the tip. If you don't have a stick blender but want to be able to do the same, you should chop them very fine or use a food processor to puree it before finishing.

2/3 c. Jack Daniels
2 c. ketchup
1/3 c. vinegar
3/4 c. molasses
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. tomato paste
3 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. tabasco sauce
1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
half an onion
4 cloves garlic

1. Finely chop the onion and garlic, and toss it into a pot with the Jack Daniels. Bring it up to a simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Avoid allowing it to boil.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer it uncovered for 25 minutes. It will bubble from time to time so I suggest using a splatter-screen.

Falhawk 11-18-2008 15:07

did u learn this while bussing tables?

Jasper 11-20-2008 16:07

That sounds yummy.

FOURSTAR 11-21-2008 17:35

i love pulled pork and now i want some :( damn florida doesn't have good pulled pork anywhere around here (that i know of at least)

i wish smithfields was in florida

Paladin-5 11-22-2008 18:42

Looks good, will try

Kiint 06-18-2009 06:23

I missed this recipe, I am going to give it a go next week methinks.

Mantua 06-18-2009 09:25


Originally Posted by FOURSTAR (Post 13975439)
i love pulled pork and now i want some :( damn florida doesn't have good pulled pork anywhere around here (that i know of at least)

i wish smithfields was in florida

where are you in FL? in hollywood, ft lauderdale, i used to drive up and down the main roads in black neighborhoods and look for the mobile smokers. i think oakland park blvd had a couple, sunrise (or sunset, it's been a couple years) blvd by the hustler store had a couple

all over the place in miami. once you go black, you never go back

ReCurve 06-18-2009 17:44

diluted vinegar? how diluted does it need to be?

ReCurve 06-18-2009 18:04

oh well I went with 8 oz of Cabernet Sauvignon blanc however it's spelled and 4 oz of balsamic vinegar. I'll post results later

nigafool 06-19-2009 00:23


Originally Posted by ReCurve (Post 14648489)
diluted vinegar? how diluted does it need to be?

it depends on how strong (acidic) the vinegar is

cider vinegar is great for flavor, but very strong, so you'd want to dilute it a decent amount. white wine vinegar wouldn't need to be cut as much, etc.

Xion 06-22-2009 13:57

do you put the onions back in after straining?

nigafool 06-22-2009 17:23

i dont but i dont see why you couldnt if you want to

Xion 06-23-2009 12:53

made this yesterday, turned out awesome. I bought a 3lb shoulder from a butcher near my house, put it in at about noon, pulled it out at about 7. Used my own bbq sauce, but prepared the meat according to the recipe. Tasty.

cyclozine 11-07-2009 10:46

i made the jack daniels bbq sauce for another dish using this recipe. all the people who tried it loved it.

is there a good substitute for ketchup in that sauce? i really liked where it was going but then when i added the 2 cups of ketchup the sauce to me basically tasted like ketchup.

nigafool 11-07-2009 13:20

id try using a decent amount less and going from there. im not sure i even use the full 2 cups anymore. i also make it a little spicier than it is in that recipe

gabe 11-09-2009 12:17

sounds great. i'm gonna try it

nigafool 01-18-2010 13:14

seems like a good time to bump this LOL

MadBoFo 01-18-2010 13:29

I actually searched for your BBQ sauce recipe before I kind of made one up

gabe 01-18-2010 17:47

i just pulled the pork out of the freezer

gabe 01-21-2010 00:54

best bbq sauce i've ever had. delicious on the pork

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