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
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!