Pulled Pork {in your Crockpot}

This is the perfect recipe to make when you don’t really feel like cooking.  You can put it together in your crock pot, walk away and come back six hours later to dinner. The flavor comes from coating the pork with a spice rub of  brown sugar, chili, cumin, and cinnamon, then cooking it on a fragrant bed of garlic and onions covered with chicken broth. Enjoy the juicy results on their own or serve them up in a sandwich with your favorite barbecue sauce. I served with a side of roasted broccolini.  IMG_8376

While I love traditional North Carolina BBQ, this isn’t meant to replicate it, but  is similar.  For a fabulous study of NC BBQ (and so much more) check out Michael Pollan’s latest: Cooked.

What to buy (serves 3-4):

  • 1  onion (I used a purple one but yellow would work great too,) sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (3-4-pound) boneless pork shoulder

What to do:

  • layer onions and garlic in the slow cooker and pour in broth
  • combine the sugar, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl
  • pat the pork dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • rub the spice mixture on the less fatty side of the pork and place the meat, fat side down, on top of the onions and garlic
  • cover and cook until the pork is tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low
  • take pork out  and drain the the onion mixture from the slow cooker through a strainer, return the solids to the slow cooker and set the strained liquid aside
  • using 2 forks (this was impossible to photograph well, apologies,) shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat
  • return the shredded meat to the slow cooker
  • if you see any, use a spoon to skim and discard the fat from the surface of the strained cooking liquid, and then add 1/4 cup of the liquid at a time to the slow cooker until the pork is just moistened
  • taste and season with salt as needed




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