Pulled pork, letting the slow cooker do the donkey work

So I finally pulled out my antique slow cooker from the forgotten corner, dusted it off and put it to work. Let me confess right here that I’m a noob with slow cookers. But I hear it’s easy and that you can’t go wrong. And me being me, I will do anything to get out of the kitchen fast 😆 .

I also happen to be a lover of background tasks. What’s not to love about anything that toils away quietly and puts food on my table while I’m off having fun like sitting in traffic or dealing with folks who get on the road and leave their brains at home!

So this here is my first attempt at slow cooking. You might already have guessed I made (what else but) Pulled Pork. It just seemed the natural place to start my slow cooker experience. In fact, everything in this picture is homemade except the sesame bun.

Right, on with the Pulled Pork recipe. I used

  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Into my slow cooker pot, I throw all the ingredients in and give it a good stir before adding the pork and making sure to coat it well with the sauce. Cover and flip the switch to low, forget about it, do what you do, have fun, and in about 8-10 hours, you have glorious, healthy food waiting for you.

I think mine took like 10 hours. But who’s counting? The slow cooker did all the donkey work. I was fast asleep, no kiddin’. And that’s exactly what’s so endearing about the slow cooker. It’s like that little elf that sewed all the shoes while the Shoemaker was asleep, remember that story?

Anyhoo, to thicken the sauce, remove the pork to a large bowl. Turn the slow cooker setting to high, cover and allow the sauce to thicken and reduce. Meantime, use 2 forks to shred the pork. Pour the sauce over the pork and give it a good mix. And you’re ready to assemble your lightly toasted sandwich bun.

We had our pulled pork sandwich with homemade coleslaw. It was really, really good. We had it for lunch and dinner. Would I make this again? The girls haven’t said anything but I’m sure I heard some muted ‘mmmm’s while they were eating. Maybe their mouths were so full they couldn’t articulate an encore, maybe 😉 .

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  • Karen @ BakingInATornado

    Wow did I find the right person at the right time. I’m a newbie at crock pot too, but want to use it more not only for the convenience, but because I love the smell of dinner permeating the house on a cold fall afternoon. Thanks for trying this for me, now that you approve, I’ll try it myself!

  • Leah @CodeRedHat

    I love pulled pork (being from the south) and this looks like a TASTY and EASY recipe! Gonna try it out asap! A small side note: I noticed your photos have a very yellow/green cast to them. I would be you have florecent lighting in your kitchen (I do too). To combat this, try photographing near a window with natural light. 🙂
    Thanks again for sharing!