• Slow Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

    by Christin Mahrlig on September 11, 2013

    in Main Dishes, Slow Cooker

    Slow Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is a favorite at our house because 1) It’s super easy to make, 2) It’s super delicious, and 3) It makes a large quantity. Yay for leftovers! I made this pulled pork with an Eastern North Carolina-style sauce. Yes, pulled pork is serious business in North Carolina and there are different styles depending on the part of the state. Crockpot Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Easterners like their pulled pork with a thin, vinegary sauce that’s very tangy and peppery. It tastes wonderful on a sandwich with a creamy, sweet coleslaw to balance out the tang. When I don’t feel like making my own coleslaw, I swing by the drive-thru at Bojangles and pick up a large container of their coleslaw. It’s much better than the prepared coleslaw at the grocery store. If you don’t have Bojangles near you, try the coleslaw at KFC or Popeye’s. Crockpot Pulled Pork When I cook pulled pork in the crock pot, I pretty much make 2 sauces and the first one ends up getting discarded. You’ll want a sauce to flavor the pork while it cooks, but Boston Butt releases so much fat into the slow cooker, it’s swimming in fatty liquid by the time it’s done cooking. The best way to get rid of this fat is to dump most of the liquid out and add a new sauce to the cooked pork. Then you have fully flavored pork, that’s not too greasy. Whether you serve this pork with baked beans and corn, or on a sandwich with coleslaw, it’s a super easy and flavorful meal that will fill your families bellies. Slow Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

    Slow Cooker Carolina-Style Pulled Pork
    A moist and tender, slow-cooked pulled pork with a Carolina-style, vinegar based BBQ sauce.
    Recipe type: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Southern
    • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
    • 1 4-to-6 pound Boston Butt (with or without bone)
    • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
    • ¾ cup ketchup
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    BBQ Sauce
    • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
    • ¾ cup ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    1. Place chopped onion on bottom of a slow cooker.
    2. Trim excess fat from Boston Butt and place in slow cooker on top of onions.
    3. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour on top of pork. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
    4. Combine all ingredients for BBQ Sauce in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes.
    5. Remove pork from slow cooker (after 8-10 hours) and place in a large bowl. Use forks to shred the meat.
    6. Discard the majority of liquid in the slow cooker. Return meat to slow cooker and add BBQ Sauce. Cover and cook on low 30 minutes. Serve.
    You can use boneless or bone-in Boston Butt. If you use bone-in, the bone can be easily removed once the pork is cooked.


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    Cheryl May 24, 2014 at 8:03 am

    How about adding a dash of liquid smoke to the cooking broth to give it a hint of the smoker? I’ll try that. But I love the idea of BBQ that isn’t drowning in sweet. Of course, here in Texas EVERYTHING is either smoked or sugared up or both LOL.


    Christin Mahrlig May 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I love the idea of adding liquid smoke!


    Joyce October 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Ready to this started. A little back story, my neighbor is from North Carolina and claims he cannot find good BBQ here in Virginia, I plan to prove him wrong using your recipe. Will let you know it turns out..


    Christin Mahrlig October 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hope he likes it. I think it’s really good for slow cooker BBQ, but if he’s a stickler, he might not like anything that’s not cooked in a smoker. :)


    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Putting this on my weekend menu :)


    Christin Mahrlig September 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hope you like it Matt!


    marcie@flavorthemoments September 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    These look terrific, Kristin! I love pulled pork, and all of the spices with that BBQ sauce and slaw sound perfect together.


    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes September 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    We love slow cooker pulled pork, too! This looks soooo good!


    Christin Mahrlig September 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Ashley. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork seems like it’s always a fav!


    Amy @ Elephant Eats September 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Mmm, this sandwich looks like a great way to finish off the summer :) I really need to start using my slow cooker!


    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 12, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I’m sure this pulled pork would taste amazing with coleslaw… I’va always wanted too try it, too bad I don’t own a slow cooker :((
    But it looks fantastic :-)


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