After a perfect afternoon of ice fishing (okay well not perfect-perfect, because we didn’t even get a single bite and almost hit a deer with the truck – literally missing it by centimeters, but it was perfect in the sense that we got to spend some time enjoying the great Canadian outdoors)…. okay back on topic, after icing fishing, the Good Man and I headed home for a lovely prepared dinner thanks to our good friend, the slow cooker (aka. the crock pot). This recipe for pulled pork is sweet, savoury with a bit of a kick and most of all, the meat is tender and delicious! We served it up with some Whole Wheat Biscuits and a basic Caesar Salad and the meal was complete. But let’s get to the recipe, so you can get cooking!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 2.5-3 pound pork shoulder
- 1 large white onion diced in large pieces
- 1 cup dehydrated onion flakes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp chilli powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup Coke do not use diet
- 1 can crushed tomatoes 540mL
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large stock pot, caramelized the onion in the olive oil over a low to medium heat.
- Once the onions have caramelized, add in your garlic.
- Add in your remaining ingredients and increase heat to medium and bring to a light boil. Once it starts to bubble, pour into your slow cooker.
- Place a bit more oil into your now empty stock pot. This will be used to braise the pork.
- Over a medium heat, place your pork shoulder in the stock pot, allowing it to braise. Allow a nice brown crust to develop on the pork. The braising of the meat will add texture to the pulled pork.
- Place the braised pork into your slow cooker, on top of the sauce. Generously coat the pork with the mixture.
- Place slow cooker on the lowest heat and cook the pork for 8-10 hours. Longer the better. Mine was cooking for 11 hours...so even a bit longer won't hurt it!
- After the time has passed and the pork is ready, remove from the slow cooker and start to pull apart the pork. This should be very easy! Place the pulled pork in your serving bowl or plate, cover and set aside.
- In a sauce pan, take out the remaining sauce and bring to a light boil over a low heat, allowing the sauce to further reduce and thicken up.
- After the sauce has reduced, pour as much as you would like (I used roughly 10 tbsp) onto your pulled pork.
- Serve & Enjoy!
Even since making this pork for the first time, I’ve made it a few times again and it’s proven it’s weight as a great recipe and an easy crowd pleaser. I’d recommend making extras as it’s great for leftovers. The pulled pork makes great tacos, sandwiches, over eggs, pizzas, grilled cheeses…. the left over options are endless!
As you can see in the pictures, we enjoyed this pulled pork once again, but paired it with a Purple Cabbage & Apple Slaw!