Monday, August 8, 2011

Pulled Pork - You'll have time to make this one and still keep up with your Novellas

I thought we should continue on the peach bender, I mean who doesn't love peaches.  I know I do, matter of fact I'm going to head over to my friends farm and grab another flat of peaches so I can put some away for the winter.  Some ladies try and impress people by flashing a designer (overpriced, I might add) handbag at parties.  I myself like to bring out a warm peach pie in the dead of winter, when fresh fruit is nowhere to be found.  Who looks like the rock star now?

I know it must seem like I never leave the kitchen, but the opposite is true.  I'm in a constant state of motion, sometimes I just want to put dinner on before I leave the house in the morning and come home and enjoy a meal that will only take a few minutes to complete and have on the table.

Pulled Pork in a Crockpot
4 lb. pork butt or shoulder
2 large yellow onions, sliced
32 ozs. low-sodium chicken stock
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. vegetable oil

Night before:
Combine brown sugar, salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne, chipotle powder and garlic powder in a small bowl.  Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

In the morning:
Slice onions and place them in a large skillet with 2 tsp. of vegetable oil on medium-high heat.  Cook for a couple of minutes and stir.  Turn heat down to low and leave them to cook for about 15 minutes, they will start to caramelize on their own.   

Add about a cup of the stock to the skillet to deglaze the pan. 

Place the pork inside a large crockpot and cover with the remaining stock; add the whole skillet of onions and stock.  Set the crockpot to low and get out the bon-bons and catch up on your novellas; the day job can wait.  It usually takes 6-8 hours on low to get nice and tender.  

On a completely unrelated side note:
My Crockpot died last time I used it, so if there any PR folks that would like me to review one, hint, hint. 

That evening:
Remove the pork from the broth, break it up with a fork and remove any excess fat.  Place the shredded pork in a large bowl.  Skim any visible fat from the top of the broth.  Pour the broth through a fine sieve and pour the remaining broth over the shredded pork to keep it moist. 

Serve it with the Peach and Jalapeno BBQ Sauce you made the other day.  What is that, you didn't make the sauce I told you to make, because you were too busy watching Juan and Carlita's wedding.  Don't fret ladies, all is not lost.  I'm not usually in the biz of giving out marital advice, but the easiest save here is tell hubs to plant it on the couch (like that is a stretch for him) turn on Telemundo for him and after 20 minutes of him watching the half dressed hostesses, you can slip him a nuked hot dog and he will be none the wiser.

Don't forget to join us for the pretzel challenge, you can read all about it in the sauce link above.

This should easily make 8 sandwiches, you could use a little smaller piece of pork if you have a smaller household, but the leftovers are great the next day.




  1. What a great recipe, this looks so delicious! I just love pulled pork! :)

  2. I need a crockpot!! It would save me lots of time in the kitchen so I can make other things =)
    Thank you for sharing this delish recipe!

  3. Thank looks so awesome!! I am definitely going to have to try this soon. I actually had pulled pork last night for dinner with coleslaw and everything :-)

  4. I like how you layout the schedule which makes readers so easy to follow this recipe without thinking when to do what. Your pulled pork looks so juicy and delicious! I LOVE pulled pork... I don't own a crockpot but this recipe is a keeper and I'll have to try with a pot!

  5. Love a meal you can make ahead, and have it still taste great! I am crazy busy lately, don't know what happened! We love pulled pork here, will have to give this a try!

  6. wow this is the flavorful combo. looks great, should give a try!!!!

  7. This looks awesome! I've never tried making pulled pork in the crock pot, but I think I will now!

  8. I love pulled pork! This sounds really flavorful and really delicious... I am bookmarking this one, Gina! :) Thanks for sharing... and I hope you get that crockpot soon! :)

  9. The pull pork looks terrific! I need to get a crockpot too.

  10. that pulled pork looks so good Gina, and the peach barbecue sauce is an excellent way to really enjoy that sandwich!
    Gina you will always be a Rock star in my book, no matter what time of year it is!

  11. Heh. This is fantastic! Great pulled pork and I reckon it tastes AMAZING with that sauce. It would go really well with my current novella - The Unfortunate Traveller :)

  12. You crack me up Miss Gina! Your pulled pork sandwich looks so good, I will be making this recipe for sure. I love my crockpot, you've got to have one, they are just too handy. Hey, why not look for a designer crock pot? We have to meet for lunch soon;-)

  13. Gina I can always count on you putting a smile on my face :) Thanks! I hope you get a new crock pot to review soon. Would love one myself. Your pulled pork sounds awesome with the BBQ sauce.

  14. Your pulled pork looks so lean, Gina. Love the peach-jalapeno BBQ sauce. It is awesome, and unique!
    The photos look so amazing and so real, that I can just reach through the screen and grab that gorgeous sandwich!!!...sigh! but I can't:-((
    Guess just have to get my slow cooker out and make it this weekend!

  15. Our whole family adores pulled pork - what a terrific recipe for it, sounds super delicious!

  16. I may have to start using my crock pot! looks delicious!

  17. I hope you get your crock pot from someone. I don't know how I'd get along without mine. I adore pulled pork but don't make it very often because I've only made it by smoking it in the grill. I'd definitely do it via crock pot, but think I'd need to add a few drops of liquid smoke to the broth. :)

  18. Gina, as always am so glad I came to visit! Your pulled pork looks and sounds great;especially with your peach BBQ sauce! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  19. You can easily eclipse any rock star in my book, Gina, especially with this delicious recipe and stunning sandwich! Where do you even find the time to watch novellas creating fab stuff like this?

  20. You are too crockpot meals! Gorgeous sandwich, you may need to change your name soon to "Sandwich Queen" :)