Pulled pork is one of the most delicious meals. Often, people refrain from preparing pulled pork thinking that they must barbecue the pork to be able to pull it. The good news is that with your slow cooker, you will be able to prepare savory pulled pork at great convenience. All you need to do is place your pork in the cooker and cover it with broth and spices, and wait for hours for it to get ready. Then, all that remains to be done is to shred the pork and enjoy it. It goes without saying that preparing slow cooker pulled pork is about as easy as it gets. If you do not have a slow cooker, check out these slow cooker reviews and get started.
What Do You Need To Prepare The Pork?
For a meal that will serve six, you will need:
2 yellow onions
4 garlic cloves
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
¼ spoon ground cinnamon
1 (4 1/2 to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder
2 cups barbecue sauce (optional)
The first thing you need to do is layer the bottom of your cooker with onions and garlic. The onions and garlic need to be thinly sliced. Layer the cooker as evenly as you can, and pour the broth all over the onions as well. Then mix all the spices and sugar in a mixing bowl. Next, rub the mixture on the pork. You might want to wipe the pork dry using paper towels, as it will make your work easier.
Then place the pork in the cooker and cover it. Let the pork cook for about eight to ten hours on low heat. Generally, the longer the meat cooks, the better it is. You want it to be very tender, as that is what defines pulled pork.
When the meat has cooked for as long as it should, what remains is to moisten it. You could opt to use barbecue sauce for this purpose, or the liquid that results from cooking. If you choose to use the resulting liquid, you will need to strain it first. First, remove the pork and place it on a chopping board. Next, strain the liquid using a colander placed on a bowl. Place the solids back in the cooker.
Then shred the pork using two forks until you are satisfied with the size. Place it back in the cooker and add barbecue sauce if that is your preference. If not, use the strained liquid to moisten the meat periodically. You should also add salt to taste. Then you can serve your pork with rice or in a sandwich, or on whichever way you choose. It will be delicious.
Alternatively, you could choose to use only the dry spices, such as the ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper. If you opt to cook this way, you will need to start by mixing water and vinegar in your slow cooker. The vinegar is important in helping to soften the pork further. Then, rub all the dry spices on your pork. Carefully place the pork into the cooker, taking care not to shake all the spices off of it. Then simply let the pork cook for at least eight hours until it is tender. After the eight hours, moisturize it using the liquid from the cooker or any other liquid of your preference.
Pulled pork is one of the most delicious meals in the world. Even better is the fact that it is incredibly easy to prepare. All you need to do is place the meat in the cooker with spices and let it cook on its own for hours. Afterward, shredding it becomes very easy as long as you follow and adhere to the simple steps provided. You do not have to pay constant attention to the food as it cooks, which frees you up to concentrate on other tasks.
Whether you enjoy the pork on a sandwich or by itself with some great sides, you can rest assured that it will be delicious.