The Easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe…Ever

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The easiest four-ingredient slow cooker pulled pork recipe you’ll ever make, and so darn delicious you might cry tears of joy.

Lately I’ve been on a mission to encourage others to choose more sustainable and environmentally healthy foods.  On Saturday morning as I sat down to relax with my cup of coffee, I turned the TV on only to find the documentary, Food, Inc. was airing.

If you’ve never seen this documentary, I urge you to watch it.  It opened my eyes to so many other topics in the food industry besides the basics of processing, etc, and I am appreciating more and more the benefits and effects clean eating has on this world.

So why am I talking about this in a post about pulled pork?  It’s simple – I took a really careful look at what I was using to make this recipe and immediately ran to the store to purchase new items.

What do I mean?  Just read the ingredients list below.  The first picture is from a Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce label.  There were two actual ingredients I knew in it!  I got queasy just thinking about how it.  The second picture is of a BBQ sauce from Trader Joes, and although the last ingredient is “caramel color” which I don’t know, I at least know what everything else was.  I started with the first bottle but quickly ran back to the store to find the TJ’s brand with ingredients I know – it’s shocking what our food system is capable of.

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Yuck!!!  High fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, sodium benzoate, corn syrup…?????

Ok, now for something a little closer to reality…

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Ah yes, that’s much better (besides the caramel color…really TJ’s?!).

It’s hard to find the right foods these days, but thankfully with places like Whole Foods, I was able to purchase the pork there where the standards are set high, along with locally grown onions and beer from a local brewery.  I used organic whole wheat buns too.

So let’s get back to this delicious pulled pork!!!!

After it slow cooked for 8 hours, I removed it and shredded it…

Pulled Pork 007 Then give it a good sear in a pan with some more sauce to caramelize a few pieces..

Pulled Pork 011 Put it into a bowl to cool and assemble the Broccoli Coleslaw Minus the Mayo.

Pulled Pork 025 The Broccoli Coleslaw Minus the Mayo has a slightly sweet yet perfectly tangy taste that went so perfectly with the sandwiches.  The satisfying crunch was more than I could have dreamed of.

Pulled Pork 004 Toasted the buns then served ’em up!

Pulled Pork 016 …and very quickly devoured them!

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The Easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe...Ever
 
Ingredients
  • 2lb pork butt, most of the fat trimmed off
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 1 16oz bottle light ale beer
  • 1 C BBQ sauce + more for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the onions in the bottom of a slow cooker, place the pork butt on top then pour BBQ sauce and beer over the pork.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. Carefully remove the pork and shred the meat - discard the onions and juice unless you want to put the onions on your sandwich.
  4. In a heated saute pan, stir the pulled pork with about another ¼ cup of BBQ sauce, letting some of the outsides of some pork pieces begin to caramelize.
  5. Serve on a bun (I used an organic whole wheat bun) with some Mayo-less Broccoli-Slaw (link to the recipe is in the post)
 

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