Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Shoulder

Are you feeding a crowd for the Super Bowl this year?  A bunch of hungry men perhaps?  Well you might want to give some thought to this easy pulled pork.  You can prep it the night before, let it cook over night, and the majority of the work is done, leaving you free to prep some appetizers or dessert.

I found this recipe using the Epicurious App on my iPhone.  I read a lot of the reviews, and many people mentioned the sauce/juice was thin, and to reduce it.  So once the pork was fully cooked and shredded, I set a colander over a medium sauce pan, poured the entire mixture in, and pressed the pork to strain the juice out.  I returned the pork to the slow cooker, and then reduced the sauce on the stovetop for about 45 min until it was pretty thick.  Once I did that, the sauce was much improved, and mighty delicious!  You can either mix it back into the pork, or serve alongside it.

Also, just a little note, the recipe calls for the jalapeño WITH SEEDS, you might be a little worried about this being hot.  But I PROMISE YOU, as someone with a low-medium heat tolerance, I couldn’t sense the heat at all.  I promise you.  If you’re a bit wary, you can always remove the seeds, but I suggest keeping them in.

WAIT! I’m not done, scroll down after the recipe for some LINK LOVE, and see my suggestions for other things to serve at your Super Bowl Party!

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Shoulder

adapted from Epicurious
makes 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons hot chile powder
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco), or to taste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (with seeds)
1 garlic clove, minced
3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes including juice
1 bay leaf

Directions:

In small bowl, whisk together sugar, tomato paste, mustard, vinegar, chile powder, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Set aside.

In heavy, medium skillet over moderately high heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Add onion, pepper, jalapeño, and garlic, and sauté until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Scrape into slow cooker.

Add pork cubes, bacon, tomatoes and their juices, and bay leaf and stir to combine. Pour sauce over mixture. Cover and cook on low until meat is very tender, 8 to 10 hours. Remove bay leaf and use fork to break up meat.

*Optional, but recommended: Separate pork and juice. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Reduce sauce for 30-1hr depending on thickness you want. (I went with 45 minutes.)

And now… for something I hope to remember to do more often, LINK LOVE!

If you’re looking for more ideas for the Super Bowl, here’s some great ideas from my blog, as well as from other blogs!

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10 Responses to “Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork Shoulder”

  1. 1
    Liesl — February 3, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    YUM! I love pulled pork sandwiches! Thanks for the shout out too! That stuff was so good…now it kinda makes me wish we were doing a party this year :(

  2. 2
    Jessica {The Novice Chef} — February 3, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    I think your pictures are looking even better with the new site! Either you are stepping up your game…or I am extremely starving. Eh, it is probably a combo of the two!

    P.S. Thanks for the link love! :-)

  3. 3
    peabody — February 3, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Oh my, how I love pulled pork. These look awesome.

  4. 4
    ashley — February 3, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    love pulled pork! these look great!

  5. 5
    nina — February 3, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

    Can you believe it, I lend my slow cooker to someone, forgot who and never got it back……I will have to borrow my sister’s to make these delicious treats. I am taking 100 youth on a camp soon and this is such an economical way to feeding a crowd!!!

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    Erin @ One Particular Kitchen — February 4, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    Holy YUM! That looks so good! And thanks for the linky love!

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    Miss Meat and Potatoes — February 5, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Wow – the pulled pork looks incredible. I am debating between this version and the one from the Down Home with the Neely’s cookbook… It’s a hard decision!

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    Erin — February 19, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    BBQ pulled pork is always my first choice at any BBQ joint. I LOVE it! I’ve done it at home in the slow cooker, but with store-bought BBQ sauce. I need to try this more homemade version. It sounds great! Thanks for the tip about reducing the sauce.

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