Thursday, December 1, 2011

Crockpot Pulled Pork

flickr: Tri
This was the result of combining several ideas in my head.  First of all, Jill had someone tell her she cooks her pork shoulder in a crock-pot in Dr. Pepper.  This was intriguing, but not all that unusual to me as I have heard of people using soda (pop for you mid-westerners) for all sorts of recipes.  I had also read about a shortcut method for seasoning pulled pork in the crock-pot which used an envelope of generic onion soup mix.  I combined these two ideas into the following concoction that was a HUGE hit with everyone that tried it.

  • 1  8 to 12 pound pork picnic shoulder. (I de-skinned, and de-boned mine, along with removing as much fat as possible)
  • 1  envelope (any brand) onion soup mix. The same kind you use for quick onion dip
  • 1 1/2 cups Coca Cola, Pepsi, C&C, etc cola

Place the pork in the crock-pot.  Sprinkle the contents of the onion soup mix on top, and slowly pour the cola over it.  I cooked mine on high for 4 hours, and low for 4 hours, and then let it cool in the crock.  Once cooled, shred with a couple of forks and add barbecue sauce.  We used the following homemade sauce:

flickr:  jimgskoop

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • optional: a couple shakes of hot sauce

Combine the above in a small saucepan, on low, until smooth, and pour over the shredded pork.  Return to the crockpot and re-heat at least an hour before serving.