Pulled Pork, one of my favourite easy to make recipes, you can make it ahead of time and bring it to any party … it’s really a no brainer.
I like to slow cook it in the crockpot, it just makes life easy sometimes.
- Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder (if you use pork shoulder, one side will have a layer of fat, (i know it sounds gross) be sure this is on the top and score the meat with a knife, it will help it to render, don’t worry you’ll toss that out after it’s all done)
- Barbecue Rub – McCormick Applewood Rub Grill Mates
- Coke (you can also use root beer / pepsi / any cola based product)
- Apricot Jam
- Barbecue Sauce
Get a crock pot and place a crock-pot liner in the inside (best thing ever!)
Take the Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder, rinse and pat dry. Give it a massage with McCormack Applewood Rub, all over. Place in crock pot, pour 1 can of Coke into crock pot. Turn Crock-pot on low
It takes about 7 hours in the crock-pot (yours may vary) but you will know when it is done, as everything will fall apart very easily.
To pull it apart, let it cool, it retains an enormous amount of heat so I will let it sit until I can put my hands on it. When cooled down, I place a bowl next to the crock pot and some laid out aluminum foil on the counter. I pull it all apart separating the fat from the meat.
I discard the nasty stuff
On the meat I pour about 3/4 ths of a bottle of barbecue sauce and about 1/4 of a cup of apricot jam, tossing the meat together. After I separate any larger chunks of meat with 2 forks, pulling it apart.
A couple of hints:
You can cook it and leave it sitting till it cools, it is safe (I’ve done it the evening before, turned it off in the morning and when I came home it was completely cooled down, I’ve also made it during the day and cooled it down in the evening, but sometimes the meat is still hot to handle, so I put a small bowl of ice next to me. I just shove my hands in the ice which allows me to handle the meat.
Also when I separate, I put the crock pot next to the kitchen sink on the left, place aluminum foil in the bottom of my sink, and a clean empty bowl on the other side of the kitchen sink. This is a good way to separate the meat that makes the mess very manageable.