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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

My husband is amazing at smoking meat.   Brisket, Pork Butt, Chicken, anything really.  Unfortunately he is gone right now and I wanted pulled pork.

I have no need or desire to even try to figure out how to smoke a Pork Butt. It takes way to much time and patience in my opinion, so I pulled out the trusty slow cooker.

This is seriously one of the easiest recipes.  EVER.  It does take awhile, but you don’t have to do anything.

It is one of those perfect leave in the morning and come home at night recipes.

First, the night before follow these few steps.

In a small bowl mix:

  1. 2 tablespoons of salt
  2. 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  3. 1 teaspoon of black pepper

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Now, put the 6-8 LB pork shoulder (or pork butt, whatever you want to call it) in a bowl and stab it with a knife about ten times on each side.  Then rub the dry mix on both sides evenly. After this is done cover and put in the fridge for the night.

This part does need to be started at least 8 hours before you want to eat.

Take out the pork shoulder and mix up

  • 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp of Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 Tsp of Soy Sauce (this can easily be omitted for allergies)

    Rub down both sides and put in the crock pot on low and walk away.

    If you are home you can turn it every 2-3 hours…but not necessary.

After 7-8 hours the meat should be able to pull.  You will know this when it starts falling from the bone, and you can twist it off with a fork.

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When it does this transfer to a pan of some sort and pull the meat with two forks, just shredding it.  You can remove the excess fat and bone at this point.

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It should look something like this.

If you are eating now then dig in!
If you want to keep it warm for awhile reserve about 1 cup of the juice in the slow cooker and add the pork back into that one cup. (dump the rest of the liquid out)

You can add BBQ sauce into the pork if you desire, I prefer to leave it plain so I can do more stuff with leftovers! Great for enchiladas!

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Slowcooker Bacon smothered Porkchops

One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to cook onions for a stew or soup or sauce.  I love the smell of the simmering onions, nothing could make it better.  Except to add bacon to the simmering onions.  Now that’s magical.

You know what else is magical?  A Slow Cooker.  I love lazy Sundays, and nothing is lazier (or more efficient) than fixing the majority of your dinner 8 hours before you actually eat it.

You will need:

  • 4-6 Boneless Pork Chops
  • Medium onion
  • 6 Pieces of Bacon
  • 1.5 Tablespoon of minced garlic.
  • 3 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons of Soy Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons of Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of Red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Mustard
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.

 

I started with 6 Pieces of bacon and a small onion, both diced.  I added them to a pan at medium heat, this is where the smell started getting real.

On a side note, my husband (who I love dearly) is worse than a child when it comes to onions. While he KNOWS I put them in almost everything I cook, if there is a “crunch” he won’t eat it.  I have learned that a nice caramelized onion goes undetected, hopefully if you have a picky child this will work as well!

When the bacon and onions are close to being done make a circle in them and add pork chops, 20 second on each side.

Pull the pork chops out, and place them in an empty slow cooker.  Pull onion mixture off heat and add 1.5 tablespoons of minced Garlic, mix with spatula for about 30 seconds and return to heat. Now add 1 cup of the 3 cups of chicken broth.

And mix in:

  • 2 Teaspoons of Soy Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons of Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of Red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Mustard
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.

Let the mixture simmer for about three minutes and all of that goodness soak in together. Pull from heat and pour over the chops, then add the remaining two cups of chicken broth and move chops around till they are all fully covered. If you need to add more broth, do so.   IMG_2301

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Now, close the lid and go do something productive, or binge watch Netflix, whatever.  You can relax knowing you have braised Pork Chops simmering for dinner.

If you are leaving the house I suggest keeping it on low (not warm).  You don’t want a boil.  If you are staying home and looking for faster results you can start on High for about 30 minutes, and then turn down to low for 5-7 hours.

You will know when it is done by the “spoon test”. Yes, I said spoon.  Stick a spoon in the middle of one of the chops, if it falls apart then it’s done.  Serve on top of potatoes, rice or noodles.  Make sure to strain some of the bacon and onions to top it with! IMG_2303

 Enjoy!