Pulled pork is probably one of my favorite foods…. right after cheese, avocadoes, and brownies. Oh, and bacon. So really, it’s my second favorite pig product, but still very high on my list.
I’ve made it in the crockpot a few times in the past, and I’m always left disappointed. I determined the culprit was using liquid in the recipe. Since food gives off a ton of liquid when cooked in a slow cooker, the pork always ended up swimming in liquid, which diluted all of the spices I added in the beginning. This is why I’ve never shared my crockpot pork recipe in the past… it just wasn’t anything special.
When I bought a pork butt (heh, I said butt) this week, I had full intentions of following my same old approach and end up with juicy, although pretty, bland pork. But, since I’m a rebel, I went with a dry rub at the last minute. There is NO liquid added to the crockpot in this recipe, but it lets off plenty of juice during cooking. The result was fall-off-the-bone tender pork packed with a little kick.
When I walked in the door in the evening, the smell was intoxicating. I don’t think I put my purse down before I walked over to the crockpot, lifted the lid, and tore off a piece of pork off to taste (and then another…and another). Even Hank the Cat seemed extra hungry for his dinner (yes, more so than usual) thanks to being trapped inside with the scent of delicious pig all day.
All you really need to know is this was hands down the best pork I’ve ever had from a crockpot. Try it.
- 3-4 lb pork butt or pork shoulder
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 6 cloves garlic, sliced in half or thirds
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- Salt to taste
- Pierce the pork all over with a knife (about 12 holes), and stick garlic slices into cavities.
- Mix together paprika, cumin and chili powder in a bowl.
- Rub spice mixture all over pork, coating evenly.
- Place sliced onions at bottom of the crockpot and lay pork on top (with fat side up).
- Optional step: Put crockpot in fridge overnight (this really helps the spices infuse the pork).
- Cook pork on low for 8-10 hours.
- Remove pork from crockpot (use two spoons to lift it out, it will be falling apart), and place on cutting board. Discard the bone.
- Shred the pork with your hands or two forks. Add salt to taste.
- Spoon some of the juices left in the crock pot on top. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from The 21-Day Sugar Detox
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