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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork

When my parents were down visiting for a month they stay out on Siesta Key, just minutes from our house. It's nice having them so close. Of course it sometimes takes awhile to get over the bridge to go to their condo with all of the seasonal "tourists" traffic. The traffic on a warm sunny day can back up to US 41. This time of year us "locals" just have to time things a little differently....anyway they decided to have the Super Bowl Party at their condo this year. The friends where we usually go didn't have one this year so we crashed my parent's party. My mom had the menu planned and we all were going to bring something. She wanted me to bring some dessert and I was going to bring the Coconut Chocolate Bars...yes! easy peasy!

Then she asked if I would do the pulled pork and she would make the dessert since I had the crockpot. Sure! She bought the pork and I put in in the crockpot the night before to let it cook all night. That way I would know it would be done and ready for her party. I also brought some black beans and cilantro rice...which weren't on her menu. Oops! Well we loved the leftovers.

I saw this recipe on Deep South Dish and it sounded very good and not too sweet, and she had a large piece of pork like I did! Perfect. I adjusted it just a little from her recipe which she first saw on Food Network.

1 large sweet onion, sliced (I used a Florida sweet onion)
6 to 9 pound pork shoulder or( I used Boston butt roast)
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon smokey chipotle powder or rub (there are many available now, I like Penzey's too)
1-1/2 cups of barbecue sauce - (I used a Memphis style I haven't perfected making my own yet)
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup of mustard
2 teaspoons of hot sauce (I used peri-peri sauce)
Couple dashes of liquid smoke - optional (since I used the smokey chipotle I skipped the liquid smoke)

Season the pork with salt and pepper and rub the chipotle powder into the meat like anytime you apply a meat rub. If you are using a rub that has salt already in it you can skip adding more salt.

Scatter the sliced onions on the bottom of a 6 quart crockpot. Place the season pork on top with the fat side up.

In a bowl or large measuring cup mix the rest of the ingredients with a whisk and pour over and around the pork. Cover and cook on low for 10 - 12 hours, or on high for 6 hours until the meat is cooked through (160-170 on instant read thermometer) I did it overnight for twelve hours!

Carefully take the pork out of the crockpot and let it rest on a platter for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it cools enough to shred it by hand. You can use forks if you prefer, but I can feel the fat and remove it when I use my hands.

I decided to try using the remaining sauce in the crockpot. Carefully pour the juice from the crockpot into a saucepan, I used a fat skimming cup first to remove a lot of fat. Bring the mixture to a boil; boil until reduced by half and thickened, stirring regularly. I added a little Worcestershire sauce, hot mustard powder, ginger/garlic paste and a touch of honey, but you don't have to.

We picked up some little slider type buns, and served them with some extra sauce, and the sauce that I reduced from the crockpot. One was spice and the other a little more sweet...that way everyone is happy. The meat by itself was so full of flavor it was even good without sauce!

Everyone enjoyed it and said it was so moist and tender! They teased my mom saying how nice she could have the party "catered". They were all finished eating by the time I could get my camera out. I know...wild crowd huh? They were all full and ready for the game...

...they even invited some Steeler's fans!

My mom liked it too and thought I did a good job, whew!... and here I was worried because she kept telling me how my older sister did this for Christmas...I felt the pressure, then to find out she didn't have my sister's it was for the other side of her family!

I will definitely make this again....


  1. I am madly in love with my crock pot! I use it year round. I MUST try this recipe.
    LURRVE me some pulled pork.
    Thank yoo so very much for the comment on the Bringing Pretty Back Beauty Co!
    I am so excited!
    Have a pretty day!

  2. Oh, I have all the "stuff" to make this. Looks so delicious. Pork is awesome! Glad it was a hit at the party.

  3. Looks like you are having lots of fun! The pork bun sure looks good, I love anything with pork in it:)

  4. My husband has been bugging me and bugging me to make pulled pork sandwiches. This is a great way to make them and I get to use my much underused crock pot! Sounds like a fun day Lyndsey!

  5. looks great and lovely family good times

  6. I often wonder how I survived before my crock pot!! Diane

  7. Lindsey, I've never tried to make pulled pork before and this sounds so delicious. I'm sure my family loves this pulled pork if I make for them :)

  8. I love pulled pork and this looks great. My crock pot is very lonely as I never use it, but maybe I will have to now!

  9. I love using the crockpot for pulled pork. Yours looks delicious and the whole meal has me drooling.

  10. Yum yum! What a fun post...I feel like I'm transported from a chilly gray March evening to someplace warm, sunny and so delish. Thanks Lyndsey, hope you are having a super week!!

  11. Lyndsey this look absolutely tempting!! delicious! gloria

  12. Kristen, Thanks for visiting here too! I had my crock pot for awhile before I pulled it out. I need to use it more if I can plan far enough ahead!

    Betty Ray - wow you have a 4-6 pound pork butt? Let me know how you like it!

    Jeannie - we like pork around here too!

    Brenda - I like finding good recipes that I can use my underused appliances too.

    Rebecca - thanks!

    Diane - I have not used mine that much. I need to check out your favorite crock pot recipes.

    Ann - I'm sure your pulled pork will turn out great!

    Ivonne - :D

    Pru - Yes...get it out right now! :D

    Lynda - thanks, I wish I had the whole meal in front of me right now!

    Jenn - thanks, you're always so sweet. It is raining today...we were spoiled for awhile there.

    Gloria, thanks for your comments!

  13. Those sliders look like perfect game food. The only that would make them better would to have one in my hand right now! :)

  14. Lyndz, is that you pop? Maranda looks so skinny that I wish I have her figure. ha... I think I have to lose at least 10kg to get that body. :o) Yeah, it's always nice to have all the guests leave with a full & happy belly, isn't it? Do you mean everything gone included your sweet bars? Oh boy, they are such great eater. You should have prepare more the next time. ha... I think if I would use pull apart chicken instead. Thanks for posting the pics.
    Love, Kristy

  15. Megan, thanks you are too kind :D

    Kristy, I know you don't eat pork, but chicken would work well too. No that isn't my dad in the photo with Maranda...he's in the other picture with the green shirt on, my mom has on a pink shirt. That was a friend of my parents with the Steeler's shirt. Maranda is thin and all legs. I used to be skinny like that but I have shorter legs...she'll be taller than be before too long.

    I need a new computer...mine is so slow it takes forever to comment and read everyones blogs.

  16. Hi Lyndsey, just trying to do a little catch up - I'm so far behind on visits I know I'll never catch up on all the good stuff you and others have posted. Thought I'd at least take a look down the front page - everything looks wonderful here as always! :-)

  17. Thanks for linking up to my slow cooker round up! I make my pulled pork in the slow cooker all the time but I have to say yours looks much better! :-)


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