When you hear “slow cooked pulled pork” do you think about state fairs and BBQ joints in the deep south? I love pulled pork and when I learned that we could make our very own version of this delicious summer treat with only a crock pot, apple cider vinegar, and a bottle of BBQ sauce I was thrilled!
This is probably one of the easiest and most rewarding recipes that I’ll share on TheLittleGSP. We put the pork in the crock pot before work and come home to the aromas of slow-cooked meat. 5 minutes of “pulling” later and the pork is ready to enjoy on a nice soft sandwich bun. This recipe is adapted from instructions that I found on about.com.
You will need…
3-4 lbs. “Pork Butt” (also called “Boston Butt” or Pork Shoulder)
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
A Bottle of BBQ Sauce (our current favorite is Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet)
6-8 Sandwich Rolls (we love the burger rolls from The Fresh Market)
Trim any excessive fat off of the pork and place the meat in your slow cooker. Season the pork with salt and pepper on both sides. Pour the apple cider vinegar into the slow cooker around the pork (don’t pour it directly over the top of the pork or you will wash the salt and pepper off). Set the slow cooker to High and put the lid on. Allow the pork to cook for approximately 10 hours.
After 10 hours have elapsed, use two forks to transfer the pork to a plate (it will be falling apart at this point so you may have many little pieces of pork already). Dump the apple cider vinegar and juices out of the slow cooker, then return the pork to the pot. If your pork butt had a bone, locate and discard the bone. Use the two forks to pull the pork apart into several large pieces (but don’t completely shred the pork yet).
Add the bottle of BBQ sauce to the pork. If your piece of meat was on the smaller side you may want to only add about 3/4 of the bottle first (you can always add more later if you want a wetter sandwich). Use the two forks to mix the BBQ sauce into the pork and pull the pork until it reaches your desired texture.
Slice open the sandwich rolls. If you want, broil them face-up in the oven for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Place a heaping mound of pulled pork onto your roll and enjoy!
Best Sides to Eat with your Pulled Pork Sandwich:
- Baked Beans (I recommend Bush’s Southern Pit BBQ Baked Beans)
- Corn and Black Bean Salad (I’ll post the recipe next time I made this!)
- Corn on the Cob
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Apple Crisp