Monday, February 9, 2009

Crock pot classic: pulled pork shoulder

Last week my mom was telling me about pulled pork that she made in the crock pot and served on nachos for my dad during the Superbowl. Mr. Snowgoose agreed that pork sounded good so we decided to attempt to make pulled pork for dinner last night.

Pulled Pork in the Crock pot:

Ingredients:
2.5 pounds boneless pork shoulder, seared
2 sweet onions, sliced
salt and pepper
1 cup of water
various seasonings

Directions:

1. Sear pork in a pan on the stove so that it is lightly brown on all sides
2. Slice onions and add to bottom of crock pot.
3. Add pork on top of onions.
4. Add seasoning and water.
5. Set cooker to low for 6.5 hours or high for 2.5- 3 hours.
6. Spend the day away from home.
7. Come back later and enjoy a nice home cooked meal.

The ingredient list was pretty short (sweet onions and 2.5 pounds of boneless pork shoulder) and we needed some sides, so we headed to the grocery store.

We couldn't find boneless pork shoulder, let alone only 2.5 pounds, we we wound up with a little over 3 pounds with bone (it was only $4. Who knew pork was so cheap?).

We came home and seared it. However, our 3lbs of pork were too big for the crock pot so we had to cut it in half and stand them diagonally to fit.

We left it alone while we did errands and laundry and went for a walk. When we came home about 6 hours later I popped a couple of sweet potatoes in the microwave to bake them and boiled some green beans.

The pork cooked perfectly and just fell off the bone. We enjoyed it with bar-b-que sauce (hickory smoked), pickles, and hot peppers. Mr. Snowgoose made pulled pork sandwiches.

This was seriously one of the best meals I've made in a long time. I think pork might make a regular appearance at the Snowgoose household. Plus the 3 pounds made enough to take left overs to Mr. Snowgoose's dad and have enough for tomorrow night's dinner.