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A Year of Slow Cooking

Monday, January 26, 2009

CrockPot Barbecued Pulled Pork Recipe


Well hello there!

I pulled myself away from the laptop this weekend to make some pork. That I couldn't eat. But I made it anyway.

I'm nice like that.

This is a reader recipe from an anonymous commenter left on the original pork post----it sounded good, and was easy to throw together. I cooked it overnight, and then packaged up the food for family and friends.

The Ingredients.

4 pounds boneless pork shoulder
1 onion, sliced in rings
2 cups ketchup (a 24oz bottle seems to be exactly 2 cups. weird.)
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

The Directions.

Use a 6 quart crockpot. Trim meat, and place into your crockpot. Add sliced onion. Squeeze in 2 cups of ketchup, and then pour 1/2 cup warm water into the ketchup bottle and shake. Pour the ketchup-y water into your crock. Add vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt.
Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
Serve over rice, or make sandwiches on rolls or sliced bread.

The Verdict.

This smells so good while it's cooking. I had a hard time sleeping the house smelled so good. Adam had a bunch this morning, and really liked the flavor a lot. He said it was sweet and had a slight kick, but not really. He's going to have more for dinner. I tasted a fingerful of sauce---it's like a zesty barbecue.

I wish I wasn't allergic! ugh.
And, dude! Pork is so much less expensive than other meats; I had no idea.

93 comments:

Margaret Yang said...

Those lucky people to whom you gave the pork away? Are they going to give a verdict? Somehow, your posts just aren't the same without a verdict.

And I hope they are honest, not just saying it's good because it was free food.

allergic diner said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for such a fast response. I think I will be trying many of your recipes out in the weeks to come.

Laura-IH said...

Yum! That sounds good!

I'm so glad you are still posting, even though your year is up. I enjoy your blog so much! : )

Bluescaptain Joe said...

Dude... wow. I'm going to mark this one as "to do." When I made bbq pork in the crock pot, I ended up using a LOT of bbq sauce from bubbas in NC, and it was good, but it lacked a certain punch. Now, I have seen the light. Awesome!

Money Funk said...

Pulled pork seems to be the menu thing going around. I can't wait to try this.:-)

You're allergic to pork??? Darn! (no bacon? - Ach!)

Jen said...

Sounds delicious!

blk4004 said...

did you start with a bone-in or boneless pork shoulder?

kimber p said...

I bought a beautiful pork roast today and this will be the perfect way to use it!

Jill said...

I've done something similar with chicken breasts, because I don't eat pork or beef. Basically I just make up a rub, throw it all in the crock pot, and add about 1/2 C liquid smoke. Good stuff!

A little Montgomery Inn bbq sauce, some cole slaw, and a bun, and you've got yourself a heckuva sandwich.

Crockpot Lady said...

blk4004, boneless. Thank you, I'll add that word.
--
steph

Melissa Henning said...

yikes! this look evil yummy!

Anonymous said...

This sounds so good! Do you have any good substitute for all the ketcup. Its too much sugar/high fructose corn syrup for my family. I want to make this

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Anon,
I don't. I used Trader Joe's Organic ketchup, and there isn't any HFCS. I've heard that Heinz now has an organic that is also HFCS-free.
xoxo
steph

The Bossy Yankee said...

What are you allergic to? The Pork?

If you are you can do it with Chicken. You can shred it just like the pork. It is really good.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

This looks incredible and I use a very similar recipe for Brisket - the only difference is I add a beer to the mix. We love pork sandwiches in this house and this will be a winner for sure!!

Melissa said...

Oh, I have missed reading your posts on a daily basis. I was very happy to see a recipe posted today :) How is the 30 day shred going?

Kalyn said...

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG.... thank you so much!!!!! I have been SEARCHING for a good pulled pork recipe!!!! I looked through every single recipe of yours to find one.... then I finally read somewhere that you don't eat pork. I felt defeated. :)

Katrina said...

I just finished a crockpot pulled prok sandwich! hehe. I use mccormicks crockpot pulled pork seasoning mix though. It is the best I've found.
My recommendation... add a little liquid smoke. Makes it that much better!

Cheri-Beri said...

This looks deeeeeeeeeeelicious!! I have a "somewhat" similar recipe for crock pot sloppy joes. Something about the apple cider vinegar, W. sauce and brown sugar that just make you sit up and take notice. I can't wait to try this one out!

Jen said...

YAY, you're back!

The pork looks good too!!

But mostly, YAY, you're back!!

Astrid said...

That looks delicious!!

Anonymous said...

my mouth is watering...oh how I miss the daily recipe postings

Catastrophe Waitress said...

I make boneless pork ribs w. bbq sauce in the crockpot all the time. It's the only way I like pork, well besides bacon. Anyway, it's so easy and good, you just can't go wrong! It does get a little dry in the microwave though if you don't pour some sauce over it before you zap it. Aww, I wish you could try it, it's sooo good!

Have a great day!

Erin

Feisty Irish Wench said...

I get to be allergic to the preservatives in a bunch of processed foods. So those sulfites, sulfates, nitrites and nitrates do a number to my skin. My poor bacon-deprived husband sometimes caves and buys his own processed pork products.

Victor! said...

Pulled pork in the CrockPot is fantastic. I've done it quite a few times and it always turns out great. I highly recommend trying it the way I make it if you plan on having it for dinner. All I do is get 4 pound pork shoulder and place it in the Crock. Then I pour a can of root beer over. Cook it on low for 8 to 10 hours. Then I discard the liquid, shred the pork, and add one of the many barbecue sauces I have in the fridge. It's super easy to throw in the CrockPot on the way out the door in the morning.

Lori in South Dakota said...

Wonderful! I just bought a big pork roast (yes, it is cheap right now!) and will make this tomorrow.

Paula said...

Yippppie! A post from the CrockPot Lady!!!!
I check every evening before shutting down the computer. I'm thinking pulled pork for dinner tomorrow night! Perfect! Thanks a bunch and keep up the good work! My in-box is lonely without you.

Sheri said...

You are just too nice and it isn't even Christmas. For those of us that are allergic to the pork, Barbecued Pulled Chicken Sounds yummy (and more comfortable.)

Sheri

Heather said...

I can't wait to try this!!!

TheBunny said...

oooo, sounds good. I wish I had this recipe when I was trying to salvage some seriously freezer-burned pork shoulder. This might have done the trick.

papersunshine said...

Ahhhh you love us :) A recipe and verdict! I am so happy! LOL! Thanks for posting even though you dont "have" to anymore :)
Lori

kathy said...

I missed you! This is something my hubby and boys would definitely eat.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

First - I love your blog! and have used many of the recipes.
Second - I can hardly wait for your book, it will save me from trying to keep all the recipe sheets in order.
Third - my pulled pork recipe is 1 envelope of each dry mix: ranch dressing, italian dressing, brown gravey plus a cup of liquid (beer, wine, chicken stock, water) over a 3# roast. I have tried this with pork, beef and turkey breast. The verdict - FABULOUS!
thanks for the great blog
Karen in MN

Kelly said...

Yeah for Steph's return! I love your recipes and my husband is getting tired of crockpot soup. Thanks for the recipe, and just out of curiousity, do you know any Worcestershire sauce brands that are gluten-free? They always have caramel coloring in them : ( Thanks again for posting.

Just another SAHM said...

Oooh, that looks yummy. I usually just cheat & use bottled BBQ sauce from a local place, but I might have to give this a whirl next time.

Sunnie said...

Yay! Pulled pork! Sounds delicious, I am going to try this for sure! Thanks!

Crockpot Lady said...

you all are just the nicest people, ever.

kelly, YES. Lea and Perrins is Gluten Free. I haven't ever used any other brand, I grew up on the stuff, so was thrilled when their FAQs confirmed that they were GF.
Is Lea and Perrins GF?

xxo
steph

Steve said...

But the Canadian version is not GF:
"the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce distributed in Canada is not gluten free, due to the malt vinegar"


http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=26197&pid=498541&st=30&#entry498541

2 Buckeyes In Cinci said...

YAY! You're back!

And now I'm hungry...

Ange said...

Yum!

Made Boston butt roast this weekend, and it was too fatty for me to eat.
I do like a fine pork roast, though, and barbecue! Gonna have to put this on my list.

Crockpot Lady said...

Steve! thank you for posting that; I had no idea!
what is up with that? why on earth do they feel it needs malt flavoring?

--steph

Karen said...

Yum, that sounds so good. I have a similar one for ribs, never thought of a pork roast! And it's on sale through today at Safeway, too. Karen

Anonymous said...

I do it like Victor says, only I use a cup of cola instead of the root beer. (Works great to use up the end of a flat bottle of pop.) This is the recipe I use to convert people to crockpot cooking, it's that good.

Nancy Detlefsen said...

I can't wait to try this! Yummy!!! Thanks for continuing to post recipes!!

Kristina R. said...

This looks better than my usual crockpot BBQ pork recipe. Can't wait to try it.

Snoopyfan said...

This sounds a lot like a BBQ Prok recipe I made at one of those assemble your own meals places. I can't wait to try it tonight and let you know!

Dianna said...

This looks great! I just made pulled pork using a McCormick spick packet but this looks better! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

breedwoman said...

This looks great! i love your recipes and i LOVE the crock pot so i gave you an award!
http://breedwoman-getinmybelly.blogspot.com/2009/01/holy-mother-of-sweetness-i-got-award.html

Jess B said...

I just want to preface this by saying I've tried other recipes here and they've been good....however this one, not so much. It's not that it was bad, but that it was kind of bland (yes, I added the tabasco). It just seems that it's missing something. Thanks for posting, though!

Erin said...

Made this for my family's dinner today, and it was SO good. Husband came in to drop off his empty plate before I'd even carried mine out of the kitchen, 3-year-old polished off every crumb, and even though mine was room temperature by the time I got to eat it, it was still great. I practically licked my plate. It's an hour later, and my husband is in the kitchen making me a plate of leftovers (of which this made a lot.) I've never made a pork roast, and I can't wait to do it again. I'd love to try to whip up something in the style of kalua pork!

D said...

I just wanted to let you know, I made this last night for my husband, who considers himself a BBQ expert. Said it was very good. For the rest of us common folk, that means mmmm mmmm, that was great!

biz319 said...

Ha! Love your blog. I am adding this recipe link on my blog today. I have a cold/cough and my food is going to be ordinary - I need to share the good eats out there! Hope you don't mind!

This one is definitely on my list of things to make.

Jenn said...

slight variation, I just made pulled pork for a party tomorrow. I used your brown sugar chicken recipe but doubled it for four pork loins. I added half an onion finely chopped and used apple cider vinegar. I made it today because I think things like this are always better the next day. My husband loved the chicken and thinks this pork is the best thing he ever tasted. He lived in N.C. for a while and says this is the way they make barbecue there. No tomato.
PS I love your recipes the sweet and sour soup and chicken and brown rice are big favorites.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

I made this recipe this week, just like it reads.

It was delicious! All three of my kids and my husband ate it with gusto, so that gets 5 stars on my scale. My picky 8yo DD (who occasionally claims to be a vegetarian to get out of eating her meat) took it in her lunch the next day.

So easy, the house smelled great, and everyone went to bed with a full tummy and a smile on their face. Perfect when my husband came home after working all day in the rain.

Thank you for this and all of your other wonderful recipes!

Isabella said...

Oh my goodness!

SOOO YUMMY!

I ate a little bit by itself and I enjoyed the tangy sweetness of it. However, I was in a spicy mood so I threw in a little sriracha and served over rice.

(Oh, I altered the recipe a bit. We didn't have any worcestershire sauce, so I substituted a little bit more tabasco and a dollop of Saz's barbecue sauce - we're a gluten-free household as well)

This was my first adventure with one of your recipes and I have to say...FANTASTIC! Thank you for posting this!

Kalyn said...

hi. I am a major fan of yours.... but not so much on this one. :( I was soooo excited to try this recipe, and unfortunately, I felt let down when I ate it. First off- after 9 hours of cooking on low- I took out the pork, and the "sauce" was like water. I had to add corn starch to thicken it up. I too felt like something was missing. THere was no pizazz- or kick. :)

Oh, and I followed it EXACTLY how the recipe calls for. Any suggestions???

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Kalyn,
I'm so sorry! I hate it when things like that happen. I hope you were able to add something to it to make your dinner salvageable.
xox
stpeh

Julie said...

We served this at our son's birthday party this weekend along with the brisket. It was a huge hit! I had about 1/2 tsp of really really really old tobasco sauce, so it wasn't as spicey as it probably should have been but it was a great flavor.

I also cooked it in a too-small pot since my brisket was in the bigger one, and so it took a bit longer to cook. Next time I'll put it in the big pot. Thanks!

Rita said...

I made this over the weekend and it was terrific. My husband loved it. Definitely a keeper!

Multiple Mom T said...

Just made this Sat night/Sunday morning. It woke me up around 3am the scent was so potent. I won't cook overnight again!

It was DELICIOUS!!! Before I shredded the pork it seemed a bit on the runny side, but with everything shredded it seemed to be fine. Would absolutely make again (during the day).

trish said...

Hi Steph - one suggestion about the pork sandwich - serve it with slaw on the top and a couple of dashes of Texas Pete hot sauce. I'm from North Carolina and it's a sin here not to eat a BBQ sandwich without slaw. This looks good and I think I'll try it this week!

Glad to see you are still blogging!!

Kristy said...

Just wanted to add that I made this today with a bone-in pork shoulder (it was on sale) and it came out great! Thanks for the recipe - the sauce was unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

Steph,
Made this today using a bone-in 7.5 lb. boneless butt pork roast without adding additional quantities of the remaining ingredients. The crockpot was full to the rim with all the liquids from the meat after 10 hours. I took it out and shredded it easily with two forks. It was moist and delicious!! Even got high compliments from my NC BBQ lovin' husband. Served it with sweet broccoli slaw. MMMMMM!
Hope

Becky said...

just curious as to what has gluten in this recipe??? i couldnt figure it out, and want to make it for my GF family.

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Becky,
there's no gluten. I use Lea Perrin's worcestershire sauce, and that's safe, as long as it was manufactured in the US.
I'm allergic to pork, that's why I said I couldn't eat it.

xox
steph

Annalisa said...

This was SO good! I modified this recipe a bit using information from this one: http://www.squidoo.com/bbqpork-made-ez

Basically, I added spices, liquid smoke, worcestire sauce, etc.

The pork shoulder i bought had a bone but it still took about 8 hours on low. I also flipped the roast a few times...

This was amazing. I can't wait to try this with chicken! Thanks again for all of your crockpot creativity.

Anonymous said...

WOW! This recipe is awesome. I was a little nervous because it had a lot of juice in the crock. As it cooked and started to pull apart I let it mingle in the juices before I pulled it all out. This is definitely a keeper. I didn't have regular Tabasco so I used some green jalapeno sauce my hubby had and it came out great.

HaleyBob said...

I too tried this last night and found it to be kinda bland and watery. I shredded it, tasted, and liberally added more Tabasco and Wor. Sauce and let it sit more. Still, wasn't wowed. Took out the meat and added 2 T. of cornstarch to help thicken, so that was a bit better.

Still, I was expecting more. The meat turned out fantastic, but didn't have the tang I was hoping for. I'm going to try the leftovers tonight and add some Country Bob's and Tabasco to it.

Momma-of-5 said...

Yum Yum Yum...it was SO good! Even my kids ate it! I just need help...my sauce was a little runny. How can I fix that in future? Did I put too much water in?

Harley said...

I just made it, and I must say, it's quite fantastic. I shredded the pork in the crockpot and put it on high for a while to thicken it up a bit. Absolutely delicious!

Bob Mrotek said...

I made this yesterday and it was fantastic! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

A little late but I had to say my family L.O.V.E.D. this! All my boys (3,5 and DH) gobbled it up. We served it on wheat buns to absorb all the yummy juice and broccoli slaw on top for crunch. Super yummy! Also, it made a ton. I was able to add another dinner in my freezer stock. thank you!
Will def. make this again!

Oh! and I found that the Organic Private Selection ketchup from Ralphs has no HFCS. :)

Missy said...

Steph, first off let me just say that it's a shame you're allergic to pork - this recipe is awesome!

I was a little concerned about how it would taste, since some people commented that it was bland, etc. We didn't think that at all, honestly I'm kind of surprised how much we did like it! Next time we are going to add 1/3 cup AC vinegar though for a little extra kick, along with some liquid smoke and a jalapeno. Mmm mmm!!

I've never made bbq pork before, ever, so a big thanks for posting this recipe! :)

PattiCakes said...

I just came to your blog via one of my favorite quilting blogs. You know how that works: make dinner in the Crock Pot then you have more time to sew. SInce then, I have been busily sending EVERYONE I know a link, especially those friends I work with.

I tried the Pulled Pork this weekend. Hoily cow (or should I say Holy pig?), it was delicious. Smelled insanely good. Served it with home-made mac & cheese. The only change I made was to saute the onions first -- I just like the flavor of the onions better when I do that.

I plan on working my way through the rest of your dishes. Keep up the good work!

rocknrolla said...

O.M.G. we made this for super bowl sunday along with potato skins, nachos and baked beans. all my husband could say over and over again was "dang.....dang....dang." it was SO GOOD!!!

kathy said...

I just made this and tweaked it a bit - gave credit to you on my blog. Thanks so much!
http://www.kathalog.com/

Kristi said...

This is one of the best and easiest bbq recipes ever! Hubby and I love it! Today I was short on ketchup so I used the remaining 1/2c and then subbed tonkatsu sauce for the rest and it was even better! YUM! We get organic pork shoulder roasts locally that just can't be beat for quality.

Tracy S. said...

This pulled pork recipe was amazing. I made it for a co-worker's birthday at school. Everyone raved and asked for the recipe. My 11 year old daughter loved it too. It was so easy to make and we had awesome leftovers. THANKS!

Sara K. said...

We added a bit of paprika to get the smoky flavor in the mix. Loved this recipe!

Kimberly said...

Ok, wow. I did this recipe with 3.5# of chicken breast (fat removed), and replaced 1/4 cup of catsup with the same amount of apple vinegar. I also took the cover off for an hour or so near the end to make it thicker. EXCELLENT as a sandwich on jalapeno-cheddar bread, served with a cashew-raisin salad. Usually I go direct to freezing the leftovers, but doubtless we'll both want sandwiches tomorrow.

Next time I will see if the store has sugar-free catsup, because 20 oz. is still quite a bit. I got 13 sandwiches worth of meat out of this (which is 50 cal of catsup per sandwich(!)), at about 75 cents per serving. Each serving is 170 calories and 2.3 grams of fat.

Keep it cookin said...

I made this for dinner and it was awesome! Thanks for the great recipe! I posted it on my blog and linked back to you ☻

Thank you

Sabina said...

I may have a solution as to why some people got too much liquid and thus a watered down flavor. I made this for my husbands office. I started it overnight and the meat was up to the top of my crockpot.
Well the juices from the meat overflowed so I had to move some of the meat to another crockpot. I only moved the meat and then added some of the left over sauce recipe I couldn't fit in the original pot and that 2nd pot had awesome flavor but the original crockpot was alot less flavorful.
I am guessing the amount of water content in the pork might be the reason why some posts got a watered down flavor. I think not adding all the sauce recipe at the beginning of the cooking might help so if you have alot of juice from your pork mid way, you can drain it off and then add the other part of the sauce recipe.
Otherwise I got great reviews from my husbands office.
To fix the original pot of meat (less flavorful one) I just made a little more of the sauce recipe, mixed both pots together after I drained most of the juice from the original crockpot. tasted great! THANKS!

inmygirlcave said...

Thank you for putting all these recipes down. I am not a true crockpot person, but I am becoming one little by little. This site is my go-to place whenever I am planning to crockpot. I am telling everyone I know about your site. I tried the BBQ pork with some adaptations. I didn't have enough ketchup, so I used some salsa. Everyone really loved it. It was a giant pork roast. We don't have to worry about sandwiches or whatever for a couple of days. Thank you!

Review Daddy said...

Thanks

Sara said...

Mmmm!!! I used regular white vinegar since I had no other vinegars on hand and it turned out great! I didn't have any problems with blandness, although next time I'll add more hot sauce, and I did crank it up to high for about half an hour with the lid off at the end. Now I have pulled pork for lunch tomorrow--cue coworker envy!

momzy said...

YUM! This turned out really well. I also used white vinegar since I was out of the apple cider variety and it was still good. May daughters told me the house "smells like a restaurant" - very tasty and tangy with a lot of sauce - no need for additional bbq sauce, which I've needed using other recipes. Thanks!

bruno said...

Tomato paste no sugar

Nikki Humphries said...

I a making this with chicken for tomorrow.....sounds amazing, I also added some zesty italian dressing because for some reason it does wonders with chicken and instead of warm water I used chicken broth....ttfn

Nicole Humphries said...

We loved the chicken recipe for this....my 5 year old even loved it and he is the ickiest eater ever.....He even ate leftovers which he chose over hotdogs, and as a parent you know this is a rarity!!! Thanks so much we will surely make this again now that my boyfriend thinks I am an amazing chef!!!

Mary said...

I followed this recipe exactly except for the fact that I cut it in half and used chicken (boneless skinless thighs) and it was DELICIOUS. After 8 hours I didn't think it tasted quite right, but then I stirred it, broke up the chicken and left it in for another hour or so. Eventually it tasted like pulled pork from a barbecue place!

Pat Moore said...

I am making this for the third time right now. My husband has never raved about any crockpot recipe until this one. Thank you so much, Stephanie.

Dennis said...

Wow..really late to this post. Very much like my basic Pulled Pork before I starting experimenting. There doesn't seem to be a way to ruin this dish. The 24oz. of Ketchup is the measure of weight and the measuring cups are 8 ounce measures of volume, thus the 24 oz of ketchup fitting into 2-8 oz measuring cups. Common mistake. Cook on ! :D

Unknown said...

I just have to tell you how much I love your blog! I'm home by myself with two kids most of the time while my husband travels with work and having good crockpot recipes has made life amazingly easier! Thank you for your commitment to your crockpot and honest feedback that is now making a huge difference in my life! I guess that sounds cheesy but a good, easy dinner isn't something to take for granted. :)

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