Last year I received a crock pot cookbook with a recipe in it for pulled pork. It was nice but I thought the sauce it made in the pot was a bit too thin. I made several changes and am happy with this recipe so its time to share it! I sometimes have to water the sauce down now. The sauce/marinade can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept in the fridge until needed. Marinating time is not included. I make this in my 3 1/2 quart crock pot.
- 1 -2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 medium onions, very finely chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1⁄2-1 tablespoon chili powder or 1⁄2-1 tablespoon cayenne powder
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
- 1 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 -2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 -2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried sage or 1 teaspoon thyme
- 3⁄4 cup finely chopped stoned prunes or 3⁄4 cup dates
- 1⁄4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 (3 lb) boneless pork shoulder
- In a frying pan heat the oil over medium heat, add the onions and fry for 8-10 minutes until soft.
- Add the garlic, chili powder and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes, constantly stirring.
- Now add tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, soy, sage and prunes.
- Stir, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes, take off the heat and cool.
- Whilst the sauce is cooling add the vinegar( it will leave a less pungent smell in your kitchen).
- Leave the sauce until cold, it will become quite thick.
- Slash the pork several times with a sharp knife, cover completely with the sauce, place in a bowl, cover and leave in a cool place for 10-12 hours.
- When ready to cook place in your crock pot and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours (my crock pot needs the full 12 hours).
- Transfer the pork onto a cutting board and pull the meat apart to shreds with two forks.
- I then add some of the sauce to it and serve the rest on the side but you can mix the meat up with all the sauce.
- If you find the sauce too thick just add some water to it.
- Serve over warm buns and I hope you enjoy it!
Very Tasty :) It's a little sweet, so next time I'll likely add in a bit more chili and less sugar. It's always a good sign when the household is lurking by the slowcooker, sniffing impatiently.
OK, up front, I will admit that I am a BBQ elitist. I have won a couple of awards for my BBQ. And I have always resisted the urge to even attempt BBQ Pulled Pork in a crock pot... until today. And now I know why. Liquid smoke is nothing like the smoke flavor from a nice piece of hickory. And i don't know what to say about this sauce. I'm not trying to be nasty, but it is an easy recipe to follow, and I thought it was pretty bad. Maybe it was the prunes but it had a strange sweetness that I did not enjoy even a little bit. Honestly, I want to give this 2 stars, but I am adding a star for how easy it is to make. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but I just didn't like it. Maybe I am spoiled by all the pork I cook with hickory and apple woods.
This was very tasty. I skipped the smoke flavoring, personal preference, and instead of the tomatoes, I had some fresh style salsa, so I used that. Thanks for sharing.