I don’t know why, but I’ve never liked the idea of a slow cooker. It seems to take the total JOY out of cooking: the lovely rhythmic dance relying on timing, chopping, stirring, taste-as-you-go fun. I am in love with the actual act and the art of cooking and baking. That said, I’m always game to try new things and was presented with a 5 quart slow cooker for my birthday. It’s a West Bend and it can also be used as a griddle. Plus, it comes with an insulated carrying case to keep the food hot so you can transport it to neighborhood potlucks and family BBQs. I know. I’m always skeptical of gadgets that claim to be able to do multiple things, but hubby got it for me, and he’s the king of researching products to make sure they’re the best. I’m the queen of optimistic skepticism so I double checked his work. He’s right: it’s supposedly one of the best.
I’ve only made one dish in this slow cooker so far, and MY. GOD. It’s insanely good. Unreal. I’m not even a huge pulled pork fan but you bet I’ll be making this dish at least once a month from now on. Maybe twice, which would mean we’d be having it at least twice a week because it makes THAT much.
Since I’ve never used a slow cooker, I asked my friends for recipes & of course forgot them all when I went to the store, so out came the iPhone. This recipe from The Pioneer Woman had the least number of ingredients, and since I had 15 minutes to get in and out of the store and back to the office for a client call, that’s the one I chose to shop for. I was hesitant mainly because I don’t drink soda, but I figured if my stomach could handle pulled pork, it could handle some soda.
Here it is. Insanely easy slow cooker pulled pork.
- 2 lbs. pork shoulder, cut into chunks
- salt & pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon of each; doesn’t take much)
- One 20 ounce Coke (not diet, because diet Coke is disgusting. Also, I know the inspiration recipe called for 12 ounces, and I know I said I hated soda, but I almost hate waste more, and it was either buy a 6-pack of soda that no one will drink, or buy a 20 oz bottle. This is the logic that goes through my head, people).
STEPS TO YUMMY GOODNESS
1. Place the cut up chunks of pork shoulder into the slow cooker. Season with salt & pepper.
2. Pour the 20 oz bottle of Coke over the pork.
3. Close the slow cooker lid, set it to low, and let cook for 8-10 hours. I cooked mine for 9.
4. Once meat is thoroughly cooked, remove and place cooked pork in a large bowl. Shred the pork with two forks. Meat should be very tender and shred apart easily.
5. Mix in as much of your favorite BBQ sauce as you want. We used what we had on hand: Sweet BBQ sauce that we got at Costco, but I love homemade BBQ sauce (our basic recipe: ketchup, brown sugar, Worsterchire sauce, apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper). Eat the pulled pork straight out of the bowl (as I did for a few minutes) and/or serve in the middle of a burger bun like a normal person.