Pulled pork is traditionally made with a cheaper cut of pork called pork shoulder or Boston butt. However, once you remove the tons of extra fat, a 4-lb shoulder is suddenly much closer to 3 pounds. I've started buying a slightly more costly, leaner cut of pork but since it's leaner, I can buy a small quantity (since you don't have to remove as much fat). While I still haven't found a perfect cut of pork for pulled pork, I've tried pork loin chops before which worked well.
Week's Menu Plan
Saturday: slow cooker pulled pork, salad, Bryant's award-winning cookies
Sunday: Jamaican Jerk Chicken with corn on the cob
Monday: pad see ew (thanks to lots of leftovers from a lovely lunch I had with my grandma on Friday) with baby bok choy and red peppers
Tuesday: beef enchiladas from last week (I've actually already made the meat and frozen it so all I have to do is bake the enchiladas) with restaurant style salsa
Wednesday: Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Thursday: shrimp and grits
Friday: Vietnamese chicken pho (it never was made last week)
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Taken from: Life's Ambrosia
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 (5 pound) bone-in pork shoulder OR 3 pounds of pork loin chops or whatever cut you've chosen (again, if you go with a leaner cut of meat, you won't need as much)
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 cups water
-Combine salt, chili powder, cumin, granulated garlic, pepper and oregano in a small bowl.
-Rub spice mixture all over the pork. Cover and refrigerate over night or for several hours.
-Slice the onion and lay it on the bottom of a 5 quart slow cooker. Place the pork on top of the onions. Pour beef broth and water over the top. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
-Remove from slow cooker. Allow to cool slightly. Discard bone and pan juices. Using a fork and spoon shred meat (removing any visible fat).
-If making BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, return shredded pork to slow cooker and add good bottled BBQ sauce or homemade sauce. Cook on low for 1-2 hours.