Warning! This post is not for my vegan followers!!!!
This recipe makes pulled pork easy. With about half an hour of prep time, mouth watering, savory, delicious pulled pork is ready by dinner time! Bonus? The house smells fabulous in the meantime.
Start by slicing two onions and four cloves of garlic and placing them in a six quart crock pot. This will be the foundation for the pork. Add one cup of water. There should be just enough water to cover the onions.
Next, make the dry rub. I use one cup brown sugar mixed with one tablespoon of cayenne, two tablespoons cumin, two tablespoons garlic powder and two tablespoons onion powder. Mix together and add salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to improvise and use your favorite dry rub.
Use half of the dry rub to coat a five pound pork shoulder on all sides. The remaining half can be stored in a mason jar until the next time you need it. Place the pork shoulder, fat side up, in the crock pot. This will allow the fat to melt away and baste the pork all day.
Cook on low for ten hours, and this is what waits for you when you walk in the door after working all day. Or, if you have been home all day, it is waiting for you at dinner time.
Remove the pork and the onions from the crock pot and separate. The onions can be used as a condiment or mixed back in with the pork. They are so flavorful after simmering away all day. Be sure to leave the liquid in the crock pot.
Using two forks, pull the pork into bite size shreds. Once the pork is pulled, add back into the crock pot with the juices. Stir well to combine.
While pulling the pork, separate out the fat and the bone. I have no suggestions for the fat, except to get rid of it. However, the bone will add delicious flavor to soup or stock.
Now it is time to eat! Of course, this pulled pork is great for sandwiches topped with some creamy coleslaw, but get creative! It is also excellent for loaded baked potatoes or nachos.