Nothing says “Summer” like BBQ Pulled Pork. Sweet and smoky sauce with onion, garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of spice.
Melt in your mouth saucy pork piled high on a bun. Or eat it with a fork.
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How do you like your pulled pork sandwich? With dill pickles and mustard? A little cole slaw on top? Some extra sauce?
However you like it, one thing is certain. Bbq pulled pork is a quintessential summertime dish.
The best way to cook a pork butt, imho, is in a smoker. But most of us don’t have access to one. However, almost everyone has a slow cooker. And if they don’t they probably know someone they can borrow one from.
Slow cooking is needed for this cut of meat. Ironically, it doesn’t actually come from the hind end of the pig but from the shoulder. If fact, sometimes it’s called pork shoulder.
I have no idea why they started calling it a butt. Maybe they were drinking to much “marinade”.
Start by giving your slow cooker a spritz with cooking spray or use a liner, then drop the pork in. Pour the chicken stock around the side.
This keeps it nice and juicy as it cooks and gives it some extra flavor.
Next, mix the seasonings together in a small bowl…
…and sprinkle it over the top. If you have a favorite rub that you like, use 2-3 tablespoons of that instead.
Cook on high for 8 hours.
At the end of the cooking time, take off the lid and shred the pork.
Then add the bbq sauce, red pepper flakes, and liquid smoke.
Pop the lid back on and cook for another hour on high.
This recipe makes lots of sauce. For a thicker sauce, spoon off some of the liquid before adding the last three ingredients.
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious cole slaw recipe to top your pulled pork sandwich (or eat to on the side), try my Creamy 3-Ingredient Cole Slaw.
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