Zen of Slow Cooking

Servings:
4-6
Prep time:
00:05
13 Ratings
3.47

An all-American classic Carolina Pulled Pork.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 lbs pork shoulder
  • Smoky BBQ blend
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar for slow cooker (+ additional ½ cup water for pressure cooker, + additional 1 cup water for oven cook)
  • For serving: pretzel or brioche buns and coleslaw
    Carolina dipping sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl oz) water
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of tabasco
  • to serve: toasted pretzel or brioche bun with sauce and a side of fresh coleslaw.

Instructions

  1. Slow Cook: 1) Rub the pork with the Smoky BBQ blend; transfer to the cooker or refrigerate overnight. 2) Add the cider vinegar to the pork. 3) Cover and cook on LOW: 8-10 hours or HIGH: 5 hours. 4) Shred the pork in the cooker using 2 forks. 5) Mix the sauce ingredients in a jug or use your favorite BBQ sauce.
  2. Pressure Cook: 1) Add the cider vinegar and water to the cooker. 2) Cut the pork into 3” x 3” cubes; rub with the Smoky BBQ blend and transfer to cooker. 3) Secure the cooker lid, seal pressure valve; cook on Manual/Pressure for 90 minutes. 4) Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes, vent with Quick Pressure Release. 5) Remove the pork and shred using 2 forks; return to the juices in the cooker. 6) Mix the sauce ingredients in a jug or use your favorite BBQ sauce.
  3. Oven Cook: 1) Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F / 150 degrees C. 2) Cut the pork into 3” x 3” cubes; rub with the Smoky BBQ blend and transfer to a large roasting tray. 3) Pour the cider vinegar & water over the pork & spices 4) Cover the tray with aluminum foil (remove after 3 hours cook time) & cook for 4-5 hours until fork tender 5) Check the liquid levels at the 3 hour mark and baste the pork with the juices 6) If needed add another 1/2 cup of water to the tray 7) Remove tray from the oven & shred pork using 2 forks; leave to rest in the juices 8) Mix the sauce ingredients in a jug or use your favorite BBQ sauce.

Tips

Sides: try our herbed potato salad recipe, or easy mac and cheese
Pairing: India Pale Ale, fresh lemonade or tart hard cider.