My love for my crock pot is growing every day. First we made this delicious enchilada soup together. Then we tried out a potato soup, which didn't blow my mind but Tim liked it. But now I want to talk about my newest crock pot success....pulled pork. I know this is something that many people before me have done and perfected but I am slowly embracing my crock pot. One recipe at a time.
To make my pulled pork, I wanted to find a recipe that was as simple as possible. Tim and I have different views on how much sauce to use so I wanted to make simple pork that allowed us to each decide our own sauce levels. So after a recipe recommendation from my friend, I decided to wing it.
I started by putting a layer of fat free chicken broth at the bottom of the crock pot. I then added some apple cider vinegar as well to give it a little sweetness. I have heard apple juice is also good for those that like a sweeter pork. I placed the boneless pork roast in the crock pot after removing as much of the fat as possible. Then I smothered it in my favorite seasonings: Chili powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, garlic powder and some Italian seasonings.
I set the crock pot for 8.5 hours on low and left for work. I am still figuring out times to cook things in my crock pot. I chose 8.5 because a lot of the recipes I was looking at recommended 6-8 hours and since I am at work for a long time, I figured it might as well cook for awhile. When I came home the house smelled awesome and the pork looked like this.
I took the pork out and began to shred it with two forks. I used that opportunity to remove more fat that was inside the roast (anything to save a couple of calories, right?). When I was finished shredding it, I put it back in the crock pot and added some BBQ sauce and let it cook for another 30 minutes. Then it was ready to go.
I really like the pork. Tim was able to add as much sauce as he wanted to and I could keep it on the lighter side. I think next time I might tweak it with different sauces just to see what the flavors can be like.
Do you have any pulled pork recipes worth trying? Or any other crock pot recipes I can try out?