I’m learning to love my crock pot – which is both a blessing and a curse because I haven’t gotten to the part yet where I learn to make HEALTHY slow cooker meals – so please comment with any health crock pot recipes you recommend! For two Sundays in a row, I made this dangerously good pulled pork because it is super cheap, easy, and can be used in so many different ways as leftovers. I didn’t really see a downside until I started getting sick of pulled pork – the horror! After asking several people how they like to make it, I came up with a version that works for me, as well as a few unique ways to use your lefties.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 2-3 lb boneless pork butt
- your favorite BBQ sauce (we like Sweet Baby Ray’s or Masterpiece)
- 1/4 cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
- 4-5 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- Pat pork dry with paper towels
- Line bottom of slow cooker with sliced onions and garlic; pour over with chicken broth
- Combine salt, pepper, cinnamon, chili powder and brown sugar and rub all over pork; put meat on top of the onions and garlic
- Pour about 1 cup of BBQ sauce over the pork
- Cover and cook on high for 6 hours – DO NOT OPEN THE LID!
- Remove pork and set on cutting board
- Pour onion mixture from slow cooker through a strainer into a bowl (it will be VERY hot)
- Use two forks to shred the pork, discarding any fatty pieces
- Return pulled pork and a large scoop of onion mixture to the slow cooker
- Add BBQ sauce to taste, mixing as you go, add some of the slow cooker liquid if you’d prefer that to more BBQ sauce
- set slow cooker to warm and enjoy!
Here are a few more creative ways you can eat your leftover pulled pork!
Pulled Pork Sliders
All you need to do for these bad boys is load up hamburger or slider potato rolls with a scoop of warm pulled pork, top with a slice of cheese, add a drizzle of extra BBQ or a layer of slaw – whatever floats your boat! We like to toast the buns first and then spread on a layer of garlic and herb boursin cheese.
Pulled Pork, Ham and Apple Grilled Cheese
This was a desperate lunchtime concoction I made up one day using – wait for it – CINNAMON RAISIN SWIRL BREAD! Make the ultimate grilled cheese by buttering up slides of cinnamon raisin bread and adding a slice of cheddar cheese, ham, a layer of pulled pork and thinly sliced apples then cooking in a skillet over medium heat until cheese is melted. You’re welcome!
BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
This pizza was made by Ryan – I admit it. It’s a play on a BBQ chicken pizza with thinly sliced red onion, pulled pork, plenty of cheese, chives and a layer of BBQ sauce. Pretty dang good.