Friday, June 28, 2013

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Happy Friday everyone! We made it through another week! If you checked out my "Day in the Life" post over at The Domestic Wannabe on Wednesday, you saw that I made Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for dinner. I had my first taste of this version at my friend Michelle's and asked her for the recipe before JJ's 1st birthday party (I will post on that before he's in college, I swear). I was surprised that it was actually a Spark People recipe! I pinned it a couple weeks ago to make sure I never lose it:

Source: SLCOLEMAN on  Spark People
It's a great option for weeknights - I just prepare the sauce the night before and throw everything in the pot in the morning before work. When I get home, all I need to do (most of the time, see below) is shred the pork and make some sides.

It looks gross, but I swear its delicious!

When I got home from work, I took a look in the cooker and saw that the sauce was really really watery, which is unusual. I double checked the recipe and realized I forgot to add the brown sugar. To try and save it, I added a couple teaspoons of brown sugar and some cornstarch to thicken it back up. I set it on high and stirred it every once in awhile while the rice was cooking. After I shredded the pork, I threw it back in the sauce to soak up a little more flavor. 

Overall, my save was pretty successful. It definitely tastes a little better when prepared right from the beginning, but it was still really good.

The Verdict: I've made this a bunch of times so its obvious I like it. It's sweet and juicy and makes great leftovers.

Things to Consider: Double check you included all the necessary ingredients! Also, the recipe makes a lot and is freezer friendly - so you can make it once and have it multiple times!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
by SLCOLEMAN posted on Spark People
    1 cup chopped celery 
    1 cup chopped onions 
    1 cup ketchup 

    1 cup barbecue sauce 

    1 cup water 
    2 tbsp vinegar 
    2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
    2 tbsp brown sugar 
    1 tsp chili powder 
    1 tsp salt 
    1/2 tsp pepper 

    1/2 tsp garlic powder 
    3 lbs boneless pork roast 

Combine all ingredients except roast in the slow cooker. 
When well mixed, add roast. 
Cover, cook on high for 6-7 hours. 
Remove roast. 
Shred the meat and return it to the sauce. 
Note - You may want to thicken the sauce some.
Great for making sandwiches or using in other recipes. The sauce is good on rice too.

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