Tuesday, August 10, 2010

sweet and savory pulled pork

There's nothing like a barbecued sandwich in the summer.  But there's also nothing like avoiding the heat during the summer.  In a perfect world I would own a smoker and smoke my own meat outside in the 70 degree weather.  Currently, though, it's hot outside and I have no smoker.

Time for Plan B.

Instead of smoking a pork roast, I simmered it for 10 hours in a delicious homemade BBQ marinade.

Good?  Yes, yes it is.

I used a pork roast that was about 3 pounds (give or take).  Place your roast right into your slow cooker.

Chop up a few stalks of celery and a couple of jalapenos.  Throw these right on top of the roast.

For the marinade, mix together one can of reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used a gluten-free version), 4 teaspoons of ground mustard, 4 teaspoons of paprika, and a few dashes of liquid smoke.

Stir the marinade until the sugar has dissolved, and then pour over your roast.  Plop the lid on and plug it in! Cook the roast on high for 1 hour and then on low for 7 hours.

When your meat is done cooking, pull it out of the slow cooker.  It should be so tender that it just pulls apart without any effort on your part. 

Remove any large bits of gristle and fat, and then shred the meat with two forks.

Place the shredded meat into a large saucepan and then pour in the liquid from the slow cooker.  Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for about an hour and a half uncovered so that the liquid will reduce.

By this time your house should smell fabulous!  And your pork should look something like this...

You can continue simmering longer if you like, but I suggest keeping a little liquid in helps keep it juicy when you reheat it.  This is also great recipe to make and freeze - we like to keep half of the meat for immediate eating and freeze the other half for later.

Top with some onions, jalapenos, and a little bit of BBQ sauce (can't ever have too much!), and eat up! 

I love Plan B.

Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork
1 boneless pork shoulder roast (about 3 pounds)
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 t. ground mustard
4 t. paprika
a few shakes of liquid smoke

Place the pork into a slow cooker.  Top with celery and peppers.  Mix remaining ingredients and pour over top.  Cook on high for 1 hour and then low for 7 hours.  Remove meat from slow cooker; remove any pieces of fat and then shred with two forks.  Place shredded meat and all liquid from slow cooker into a large saucepan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours.

Okay, okay, I admit it...this isn't exactly low in fat.  But it's not horrible, considering.  And it's really good.  I'm just sayin'...

Nutrition (1/2 cup serving, meat only): 296 cal, 15g fat, 5g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 96mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 9g sugars, 29g protein, 9% vit. A, 5% vit. C, 4% calcium, 13% iron.

Linked up with Gooseberry Patch's Recipe Roundup: Slow Cookers


  1. If I lived close I would be dropping by for supper! Looks very tasty!

  2. That marinade sounds amazing....very nice :)

  3. When we come to visit, that's one meal we need to have for sure!!!!

  4. Your reading my mind.

    I've got a pork roast all ready to throw in the crock pot on Sunday. Yummy!

  5. Wow! Looks good. I just love using that crock pot of mine. Just a little work in the morning and a great dinner in the evening! Thanks for the idea.

  6. I love pulled pork sandwiches! Yours look awesome.

  7. OMG! This looks so good! I can almost smell it from here. The slow cooker is a great way to stay in and stay cool.:)

  8. That sounds delicious! I have been craving a pulled pork sandwich and there is a BBQ truck by my house once a week for the summer so I finally decided to stop there. YUCK!!!!!! $5.00 in the trash. sigh... I'm coming to your house! :D

  9. That looks sooo very good...I'd have to minus the soy sauce due to the gluten in it but other then that-YUMMY!!!!

    Thanks for adding all the pictures in that you do during the process, I'm a visual person :)


  10. Duh, if I would have looked closer I would have seen you used the gluten free soy sauce (I've never tried it.)

    I'm so different then many celiacs out there. There are so many things people say are gluten free but so much of it has MSG in it and I believe MSG's has gluten in it...Even if it doesn't it is horrible and is in everything!

    My system also can't handle certain gluten free flours like millet, garbanzo bean flour, or gluten free oats.
    I am safe with rice, tapioca and potato flours though (whew!)

    Here are two good links to hidden gluten:

  11. I've been wanting to find a great pulled pork recipe for the slow cooker ... thanks for sharing this one! It looks awesome (can almost taste it)!


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