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March 14, 2013

Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

It's no secret that I love to cook, but I also really appreciate fast, easy meals. In preparation for my impending "return-to-work", I'm playing a bit more with my slow cooker.

We use the slow cooker quite often to make ribs (they literally fall off the bone), and yummy, saucy pulled pork. When I posted online this morning that I was "making" pulled pork, everyone wanted the recipe. So here goes:

I don't use a recipe. Yes, that's right. I make it up. Every time I do it, I do it differently, and every time, it's SO good.

Here's what you DO need:

- pork roast or pork tenderloin (today I used roast and it came out much juicier)
- your favourite BBQ sauce
- 2 onions

- stock, water, apple juice, ginger ale, beer

Here's what you do:

  1. Start by chopping 2 onions and putting half the onion in the slow cooker. 
  2. Pop the pork in and top it with the rest of the onion.
  3. Add juice. This can be your ginger ale, your beer, your stock, your water. Today I used Guy Fieri's Carolina Mop & Slop Sauce. For all my nutritionist friends out there, yes, you can totally control your salt and sugar intake by making your own marinade with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, etc, but like I said, I want FAST. Because I used a sauce, I didn't salt and pepper my meat.
  4. Cover and set on High for 6 hours. 
  5. Go away and come back.

When you come back, your home will be FILLED with a delicious southern BBQ scent. Yum. Using two forks, pull apart the roast/tenderloin. It will be so moist; this is so easy. Stir it up.
Taste it. If it tastes good to you, you're good to go. Today, I added about 1/2 cup of Diana's Chicken and Rib sauce because that's what I had in the fridge and I thought it was a bit too vinegary. 

Stir it up again and cover for another 1-2 hours on LOW or WARM. 

For an even lighter option, you can cook the pork in water or chicken stock with the onion and then add the BBQ sauce after the pulling. Totally up to you.

To make the sandwiches, you'll need a good bun/kaiser/roll and I like coleslaw with mine.

And there you have it. What I really love about this meal is it cost about 10 bucks - that's it. It's a delicious, fast and affordable meal and makes great leftovers (don't make it into a sandwich). I've also made these for a party and they were a huge hit.

Vary your BBQ sauces for different flavours and tastes.

I'd love to know what you make in your slow cooker?



  1. Mmmmmm...this sounds delicious. I make a mexican pulled pork in my slow cooker. I will definitely have to try this recipe. I think the addition of apple juice sounds great!

  2. Sounds like my kind of dinner to make. I also like short prep times - especially on busy weeknights. Thanks for sharing Julia. Love that you added coleslaw too to the sandwich - will have to try that one day. Usually we just have pulled pork and bread - only meh.


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