I'm not sure exactly what it is about bad weather that makes me want to break out the slow cooker, but it hardly ever fails. Maybe it's the thought of having a warm meal waiting for me after a long day of work, dealing with crazy drivers and shoveling snow... Or maybe it's that slow cooker foods are often comfort foods. Whatever it is, when I heard the weather forecast a few days ago calling for the snow/sleet/rain extravaganza we're having today, I decided some slow cooker pulled pork was in order.
This recipe serves at least 6, but if you need to serve more, just buy a bigger piece of pork.
Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
3-3.5 lb. pork shoulder (also called a pork picnic)
1 bottle honey barbeque sauce
1 c. ketchup
1/3 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
Place pork shoulder in the crock of your slow cooker, meat side down and fat side up. (Don't trim the fat before cooking. It will be removed later.)
Mix barbeque sauce, ketchup, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over pork.
Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 10-12 hours until pork is falling apart. (If you need to speed the process up, cook on high for 1 1/2 hours, then set to low for 6-7 hours.)
Remove any bones and large hunks of fat from the pork, leaving only the meat. Using a fork, pull the meat apart until it's fully shredded.
I love to use this for pulled pork sandwiches (shown below with sweet potato fries), but it's also good served with a baked potato and some veggies. Enjoy!