Well, I got a crockpot for my birthday last week and I am pretty excited about it! One of the great things about slow cookers is that you can throw things in and let it cook all day and not have to worry about leaving an oven on or burning food. If you are gone for a short period of time, you can leave it on high. High settings normally cook things in 4-5 hours. If you are going to be gone longer, or want to cook something overnight, you can pick the low setting which cooks food in about 8-9 hours. Either way, I am overjoyed at the ability to slow cook some of my favorite foods! To break mine in, I decided to create one of my favorite dishes, pulled pork.
I decided that I wasn't going to do anything overly insane with my pulled pork and keep it simple. After all, if I am thinking like an 18-25 year old would (and I fall in that age demographic so it's easy) I know that meals can often consist of Ramen, Easy Mac, or other simple meals. I used four ingredients for my pulled pork. Those ingredients were: Pork (obviously), honey barbecue sauce, chopped onions and Guinness. For those of you who are not of age, root beer works well too. I will say that if you use root beer, be sure to pick a barbecue sauce that is not as sweet. Slow cooking in that much sweetness can turn your pork into a very sugary meaty concoction.
I've been told that pork loin or pork shoulder are both good meat choices when creating pulled pork. Remember that the larger the meat, the longer it will take to fully cook through. You absolutely want to make sure the pork is cooked through. A medium rare steak may be tasty, but a medium rare pork cut is deadly.
The great thing about making pulled pork (this version anyway), is that you basically take your ingredients, throw them into the pot and then wait. I put the pork in first and then the onions. After that, I covered the pork with the BBQ sauce and the Guinness and let it sit and simmer. Believe me, it permeated the room and made everything smell amazing! Now, I actually have not eaten my pulled pork yet, but I made it ahead of time so I have something to eat tonight. I had pizza last night. What's the great thing about pulled pork? You can do more than one thing with it! I like to eat my pulled pork in a sandwich with Gouda cheese and a bit of coleslaw. More recently, I discovered pulled pork burritos. I don't know if you have ever had one of these delicious treats, but it takes Mexican to a whole new tasty southern level. I highly recommend trying it out.
So there you have it. Tasty pulled pork that you can make at home...Oh and did you want to know the price? I spent about $2.50 per portion of pulled pork. Not bad!
What are your favorite pulled pork concoctions?