The Ultimate Guide to Making Mouthwatering CrockPot Pulled Pork

Crockpot Pulled Pork

Are you ready to take your pulled pork game to the next level? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll show you how to make the best crockpot pulled pork that’s sure to become a staple dish in your house.

Unleashing the Versatility of Pulled Pork

Say goodbye to boring sandwiches and discover the versatility of pulled pork! Whether you’re a fan of traditional Kansas City-style BBQ or looking to spice things up with some delicious tacos, this recipe has got you covered. We’ll walk you through both the classic BBQ sandwich and pulled pork tacos with cilantro lime aioli. Get ready to elevate your culinary skills!

The Secret to Flavorful Pulled Pork

One of the tricks to infusing incredible flavor into your pork roast is to cut little slits and insert garlic slivers. This simple technique works wonders, adding a burst of aromatic goodness to every bite. Trust us, it’s a game-changer!

Slow Cooker Magic: Liquid or No Liquid?

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to add extra liquid when making pulled pork in a slow cooker. The pork shoulder roast contains enough fat and water to keep it moist and succulent throughout the cooking process. However, if you want to enhance the flavor, adding a quarter cup of Worcestershire sauce will do the trick.

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From Raw to Delicious: Cooking Pork in a Slow Cooker

Believe it or not, you can put raw pork in a slow cooker. We recommend using a pork shoulder or “butt” roast for this recipe. Cook it for 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. The slow cooker will reach a temperature that’s hot enough to safely cook the pork without any risk of contamination.

Choosing the Perfect Cut of Meat for Pulled Pork

To achieve tender and juicy pulled pork, opt for a “Boston butt roast,” which comes from the shoulder of the pig. This cut of meat contains just the right amount of fat and connective tissue for mouthwatering results. You can choose either bone-in or boneless depending on your preference. Other suitable cuts include shoulder roast, blade roast, picnic roast, pork tenderloin, pork sirloin roast, and top loin roast.

Kansas City Style BBQ Pulled Pork

Ingredients for Authentic Kansas City Style BBQ Pulled Pork

Living in Kansas City for 12 years has taught us a thing or two about BBQ. While our recipe is delicious and requires minimal effort, true KC BBQ involves smoking the pork. Here’s what you’ll need for our mouthwatering pulled pork:

  • Pork Roast (4lb)
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Brown Sugar
  • Paprika (smoked paprika for extra flavor)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • BBQ Sauce (try KC Masterpiece Kansas City Classic or Sweet Baby Ray’s honey BBQ)

Crafting the Perfect Pulled Pork

Making pulled pork at home is a breeze with your crockpot or instant pot. Follow these steps to create a mouthwatering masterpiece:

  1. Season the pork roast with a homemade rub consisting of brown sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper. This simple yet effective blend will elevate the flavor profile of your dish.
  2. Cut slits into the roast and insert garlic slivers for an extra burst of flavor.
  3. Cook the pork for the recommended time based on your chosen device (slow cooker or instant pot) and the weight of your roast. See below for temperature guidelines.
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The Perfect Cooking Time: Temperature is Key

Cooking time for pulled pork depends on the weight of your roast and the cooking device you’re using. Ensure the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F for medium doneness and 195-205°F for tender, easily pulled pork. A reliable meat thermometer will be your best friend during this process.

Pulled Pork Cooking Chart

While the above chart provides a rough estimate, it’s crucial to rely on temperature rather than visual cues. A fork may easily penetrate the top layer while the center remains tough. Don’t leave it to chance—take the guesswork out of the equation with a meat thermometer.

Avoiding the Overcooked Trap

Overcooking pulled pork can result in dry meat or an unpleasant texture. To avoid this pitfall, be mindful of the cooking time and internal temperature. While it would take an extended period to revert the pork to an overcooked state, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep a close eye on the temperature and remove the pork from the cooker if it reaches the desired doneness.

Mastering the Art of Pulling Pork

It’s crucial to pull the pork while it’s still warm. Cooling it down in the refrigerator makes the meat difficult to shred. If you can’t pull it right away, wrap the cooked pork in foil, store it in the fridge, and warm it up gently in the oven at 200°F for 30 minutes to an hour when you’re ready to dig in.

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The Freezing Advantage

If you find yourself with more pulled pork than you can consume within a week, freezing is the way to go. Shred the pork first and store it in an airtight container such as a ziplock bag or plastic food storage container. Avoid adding sauce at this stage—reserve it for when you thaw the pork. Frozen pulled pork will retain its quality for 4-6 months, according to the USDA.

Versatile Pairings for Pulled Pork

Crockpot pulled pork is incredibly versatile and can be used in various dishes. While a classic BBQ sandwich is always a winner, here are some creative options for using up your leftover pulled pork:

  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Pizza
  • Sliders
  • Nachos
  • Enchiladas

Let your culinary creativity soar and experiment with different flavor combinations to create your own signature dishes!

The Finishing Touch

We hope you enjoy this delicious crockpot pulled pork recipe as much as we do! It has certainly become a staple in our household. When you try this recipe, don’t forget to share your results with us. Leave a comment below or tag @RowdyHogSmokinBBQ on Instagram or Facebook. We love seeing our readers’ creations!

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