Wednesday, March 20, 2013

simple crockpot pulled pork


Here it is, y'all! My go-to pulled pork recipe. There are a million ways to cook pulled pork, and I have tried a LOT of them. But this one really is it. I've made it several times and used for tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches, nachos, eating cold in front of the refrigerator... and it works beautifully for all of those.

You might think I've forgotten something because there's no liquid added to the crockpot with the pork. But nope! The pork will cook slowly enough in the crockpot to release its own juices, and that'll be plenty of moisture.

Easy, spicy, delicious. Let's go!

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork
serves 6-8

you'll need:
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 to 2 1/2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder roast
2 tablespoons canola oil

Combine all of the spices together in a small bowl. Pat meat dry with paper towels, then rub the spice mix all over. Keep leftover spice mix aside for later.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear pork on all sides for about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer pork to slow cooker and sprinkle remaining spice mix over the top. Cook on low for 6-10 hours.

After pork has cooked, remove from slow cooker and cut into small pieces or shred with two forks. Pork should be falling apart and impossible to resist.

Now serve however you like! Like I said, we've used this for tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches and nachos. This would also be awesome in enchiladas or over polenta. Get creative!

18 comments:

  1. A crockpot is really the way to go for moist and tender pulled pork. Your recipe looks and sounds terrific.

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    1. Agreed - and I love that it can work all its magic while I'm gone running errands or at work! Thanks so much!

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  2. I've never actually made my own pulled pork. I'm not sure why. I didn't see my mom making it growing up so I guess I don't think to make it, haha! I'm pinning your recipe to try! :)

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    1. Thanks for the pin Rach! Hope you like it if you try it - it's one of our favorite meals!

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  3. Mmm there is nothing better than pulled pork and I love the simplicity of this recipe! So delicious! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly! I love pulled pork too!

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  4. Yum, I love pulled pork but I always make it in the oven! This sounds so simple - no basting!! Definitely need to try this.

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  5. So interesting that this doesn't need any juices! I'll have to try this out

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    1. I wasn't sure how it would go the first time I did it, but it work beautifully this way - the pork actually releases a lot of its own juices! Let me know if you try it! :)

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    1. I mean't that in a good way. It looks divine and we both know how I feel about pulled pork?

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    2. Haha oh yes I do... and yes I did!!! ;)

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  7. I absolutely love pulled pork--one of my favorites!

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  8. I was thinking a lot regarding this topic, so thanks for bringing it up here. You certainly have a good writing style i like, so will be subscribing to your blog.

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  9. Its great! Also the searing gives it a mock smoked taste, but if you're in a hurry, it still turns out wonderfull with out that step.

    We did ribs this way. They were so good so moist and fall of the bone perfect!!! Thanks for pinning!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you like it! Yes, I love the sear, but it's not necessary for this to be delicious! So glad you've enjoyed!! :)

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