BBQ Pulled Pork
The first recipe I made with JD on The Better Show was a slow-cooked, BBQ pulled pork sandwich. If you don't have a slow cooker/Crock-Pot, do yourself the biggest favor in the world and go buy one! (They are only about $35 and are miraculous, lovely creatures that do ALL the work for you while you have yourself a day)!
This recipe is simple and it's all about the sauce (because the slow cooker does the rest)!
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 a yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cups of tomato sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of cola/Coca Cola (my homage to Atlanta)*
1.5 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. of liquid smoke (optional)
1.5 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. of black pepper
Cayenne pepper to taste (1-2 teaspoons)
1 boneless pork shoulder or butt roast
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup yellow onions, diced
1 red onion, thinly sliced (and pickled if you like)
Romaine lettuce, cut into sandwich-sized pieces
In a skillet, sauté the onions in the butter over low-medium heat until brown and caramelized.
Take heat down to a simmer and add all other ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes
Season the pork with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. (Amounts will vary based on the size of the meat).
Combine the pork, onions, and BBQ sauce in a slow cooker.
Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or until the meat is falling apart and can be picked apart easily with a fork.
Serve on a bun with some lettuce and sliced red onion. You can also smear with a little addition BBQ sauce.
I recommend reducing the sauce remaining in the crock pot after you slow cook to thicken it up a bit. I also recommend pickled red onions!