Pulled pork is a pork dish that comes from the Southern US and which uses shredded BBQ pork shoulder as the primary ingredient.
Cooking methods for pulled pork include slow-smoking over wood, or using a slow cooker. For most people, using a slow cooker will be the slightly more convenient method, with a lot of people finding that this has a number of specific benefits. In particular, using a slow cooker means you’ll be able to prepare food while you’re not home. Slow cookers heat up slowly throughout the day and never get so hot as to be dangerous. Because they can also normally be set to a timer, that means you can add all the ingredients to a crock pot, leave the house, and then find your food waiting for you when you return home.
For busy professionals, this is the perfect solution for having a delicious, hearty meal, without having to spend evenings cooking when you’re already burned out from the day’s chores.
Once the pork comes out of the cooker, it will often be shredded manually, and is then usually added to bread of some sort.
In this post, we will take a look at 14 effortless pulled pork recipes: beginning with some excellent ways to make tasty barbeque pork, and moving on to ways you can use that pulled pork in other recipes.
1. Simple Flavorsome Pulled Pork
This is a great starting place: a simple pulled pork recipe that is still very tasty and still a little more interesting than simply plain pork. This is a great starting point, from which we can build off of.
You will need: one finely chopped onion, two thirds of a cup of ketchup, 3tbs of tomato puree, a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of paprika, a teaspoon of garlic powder, a teaspoon of mustard powder, a teaspoon of cumin, one pork shoulder, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper.
To make this, you’re going to combine your onion, ketchup, puree, vinegar, and spices into a single bowl. Mix well and then season and add the pork shoulder. Now cover it and cook until it is extremely tender, so that you can easily pull it apart with a fork.
This will generally take about 5-6 hours on the high setting, or 8-10 hours on the low setting.