Easy BBQ Pulled Pork

Over the weekend, I experimented with some pork and made delicious BBQ pulled pork. I always knew the general way to make it, but had never attempted it before. Well, pork shoulders went on sale, so I bought one and made some of the most tender and flavorful meat! And it was SO simple too! Crock pots are awesome inventions, let me tell you. I heard on tv that crock pots are super efficient and use only $0.04 per hour! Another reason to own a slow cooker! Hello money saver.
So, for this recipe, I used very basic ingredients that usually everyone has on hand: BBQ sauce, onions, garlic, brown sugar, water, mustard, salt and pepper. Use a really good BBQ sauce that you love! If you’re going to love this meat, then you need to use the stuff that you and your family likes. Now, a quick word about my garlic addition-I was surprised how delicious the garlic made this meat! It’s tender and very flavorful to begin with, but the garlic really takes it over the top into knock your socks off territory. My husband LOVED it. He loves typically any kind of meat, but this was a huge hit. We invited some people over for dinner when we were having this and after one bite, my husband said “can we un invite them? I don’t want to share this”. Haha! He really liked it.
The only thing that you need for this is time–and lots of it! Probably 10-12 hours. I put my meat in partially frozen and it was done after 12 hours, so that should be the max amount of time it should take to cook. Of course you can make this in advance and keep it warm until you’re ready to serve. The beauty of a crock pot–it’s so versatile! Makes my life easy. Great for a party, too!
When pork shoulders (also called pork butts) go on sale, pick up one or two and make this easy meal for your family. They’ll love it!
Easy BBQ Pulled Pork
yield: 6 servings
Ingredients:
3 lb. pork shoulder
1 cup water
1/2 bottle BBQ sauce
salt & pepper
1/2 onion diced
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3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bottle BBQ sauce
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
salt & pepper
Directions:
In a crock pot, place pork, water, bbq sauce, salt, pepper and onion. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours until very tender. Remove all meat from crock pot. Spoon off fat from remaining liquid in crock pot and discard about half the liquid as well (you want it to be moist but not too watery–mine was a little on the watery side, so remove more then you think and you can always add more back in). Shred pork removing all excess fat. Return to crock pot and stir in garlic, bbq sauce, brown sugar, mustard and more salt and pepper. Cook another hour or so until all flavors blend and the garlic taste mellows out a little. Serve with fresh rolls and coleslaw.
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12 Responses to “Easy BBQ Pulled Pork”

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    Kristin — June 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Just last month I found a great BBQ Pulled Pork recipe and I've already made it twice. I'm going to have to try this one. In the recipe that I already have instead of water it has beef broth. I think it adds a little something extra. Can't wait to try this one out.

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    • Jose — May 29th, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

      You can use apple cider vinegar too. great flavor.

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    Lindsay — July 5, 2010 at 2:31 am

    WE LOVED this recipe! And I was so happy it was so good, because I was feeding my family for the 4th of July so we had quite a few people! Thanks for sharing this, it was really really good! We'll be having this again! :)

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    Brian — September 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Great BBQ Pulled Pork! Loved this recipe and will make it again. You were right on about taking out more liquid than you think or it will turn out too watery. Thanks so much!

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    • Lauren — September 2nd, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

      Thanks!

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