I have this really bad habit, that when I want to cook or bake anything I must first be certain that I have my hands on the best recipe possible. This simply means that I search every website on the internet for people’s reviews, comments, likes, and dislikes before I even enter the kitchen.
I wouldn’t consider this bad habit of mine symptoms of a perfectionist. No. I would consider it more of a dire need to please my taste buds.
It’s not every day that I wait 8 hours for my dinner to be ready, but I was really in the mood for barbecue this weekend. So when my mom asked me to do the food shopping for her I used this as a perfect excuse to pick up some pork. Pork isn’t exactly cheap, so I figured when I came home from the food store and my mom pulled out a $13.00 slab of meat, I’d react with a, “I have no ideaaaaa how that 3-pound slab of pork butt got into my groceries!” Yes, it’s called pork butt, although I’m not exactly sure that’s what it actually is.
I’ve made pulled pork in the past. I’ve even photographed it – but I’m not going to link the post in here because the pictures are actually embarrassing. Now that I have my big girl camera (my Canon Rebel XSi), I was more inclined to photograph this dish. The truth is, these photographs don’t even do this pulled pork justice. This was the best pulled pork I’ve ever made. It was spicy, juicy, flavorful, fall-off-the-bone, finger-lickin’ good. I got this recipe from Two Pea’s and Their Pod’s blog and I will forever keep this as my go-to pulled pork recipe. Please do note that you can use whatever barbecue sauce you’d like though. You don’t actually cook the pork in the sauce, so add whatever your heart desires at the end.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2-3 pounds pork butt
Rolls or buns
1 1/2 cups of your choice of barbecue sauce (or more if you like it extra saucy)
1. Combine all of the ingredients except the pork butt, salt and pepper, and the buns in a large slow cooker. Stir together with a spoon until well combined. Season the pork with salt and pepper on all sides. Add the pork and place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook for 8 hours on low or until pork is tender and easily pulls apart from the bone.
2. Take two forks and shred the pork. The pork and all the ingredients will form a very oily, fatty-looking juice. I drained this and got rid of it, then shredded the pork and put it back into the pot with barbecue sauce for about a half hour. Stir well and serve on rolls or buns.