Monday, February 18, 2013

Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork [BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches]

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

BBQ is always something that I have preferred to eat at a restaurant.  In Kansas City, we were surrounded by excellent BBQ.  Not to mention, anytime we wanted to drive about an hour, we could have an excellent meal of pulled pork, burnt ends or ribs and sides at my Dad’s BBQ restaurant.

So, what to do when you move away from the BBQ capital and you are craving some savory pulled pork?  You turn to your trusty friend the slow cooker and it’s side-kick beer.

Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork [BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches]

It was our second Saturday in our new home.  It was cold, we had house projects to tackle and just needed a little taste of home.  Luckily, we had some Gates BBQ sauce in the fridge and some slow-cooked pork butt sounded just right.

The flavors in the pulled pork are simple – liquid smoke is my “secret” when it comes to cooking meat in the slow cooker – it gives it that “straight from the smoker” taste, without actually having to use a smoker.  Add in lots of salt, garlic and onions and your favorite beer and in a few hours, your kitchen will smell amazing and the pork will literally just fall apart.  It took me right back to Kansas City without so much as leaving my own kitchen.

If you aren’t a fan of BBQ sauce, feel free to leave it out and make pulled pork tacos, pizza, nachos, or even fajitas!  I made the beer pulled pork on a Saturday.  That night, we ate pork fajitas; served the pork with tortillas, sautéed bell peppers, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, salsa and chips.

The following day, I reheated the pork in a large pot, added the BBQ sauce and we ate the sandwiches…and then still had leftovers for a couple of days. We ate the leftover BBQ pulled pork in quesadillas and on nachos. Next time I’ll try pizza!

Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork

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Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork & BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Yield: 8 servings + leftovers

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8 hours

Pork butt which has been slow cooked with beer and lots of flavor and then shredded, smothered in BBQ sauce, and sandwiched between two buns with onions and pickles

Ingredients:

for the beer pulled pork:
1-2 Tbs. oil
5 pound bone-in pork butt roast
12 ounces beer
1 Tbs. soy sauce
2 tsp. liquid smoke
2 shallots, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin

for the BBQ sandwiches:
2 cups BBQ sauce + more for serving
sandwich buns of your choice
thinly sliced red onions
dill pickles

Directions:

Trim the excess fat from the pork roast. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the roast on one side for 2-3 minutes, and then on the other side for an additional 2 minutes.

Place the roast in the crock of a slow cooker. Pour in the beer, soy sauce, liquid smoke, shallots, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and cumin and stir.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours.

Remove the roast from the slow cooker and place on a rimmed baking sheet – mine started for fall apart on its own so if that happens, just fish out as much meat as you can. Discard the fatty pieces and the bone and then, using two forks, shred the meat. Ladle two to three ladles of the juice on the meat to keep it moist.

Combine the pulled pork with 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and stir to distribute. Add more (about 1 cup) until all of the meat is covered in sauce. Serve with sandwich buns, onions and pickles and extra BBQ sauce.

Cassie's Notes:
I made the beer pulled pork on a Saturday. That night, we ate pork fajitas; served the pork with tortillas, sautéed bell peppers, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, salsa and chips.

The following day, I reheated the pork in a large pot, added the BBQ sauce and we ate the sandwiches...and then still had leftovers for a couple of days. We ate the leftover BBQ pulled pork in quesadillas and on nachos. Next time I'll try pizza!

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Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork

 

69 Responses to “Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork [BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches]”

  1. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — February 19, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    YES!!!!
    I love bbq sauce… I can bath in it… I know that is weird..LOL
    Anyways this looks fantastic…. I really need to pull out my slow cooker!

  2. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 19, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    Slow cooker pulled pork is the only way I’m going to get it here! So yeah, liquid smoke! Woohoo. I have eight bottles stashed away. :)

    This looks amazing! I haven’t used beer before. Sounds like it’d add an interesting twist.

  3. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 19, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Love bbq pork – I use liquid smoke too, amazing flavors. Your sandwiches look wonderful!

  4. #
    Noble Pig - Cathy Pollak — February 19, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Super…super..yum. One of my fave things to eat.

  5. #
    CathieJ — February 19, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    Love that you give alternate ways to serve the beer-pulled pork. My biggest problem is that I can’t think of alternative ways to serve the leftovers. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try this.

  6. #
    Jessica — February 19, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I am a huge Pulled Pork girl! But I usually make mine in Coke and then smother it in Sweet Baby Rays…it’s the FL way ;-)

  7. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 19, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I just made some pulled pork in the slow cooker last night! It’s the only way to do it. I’m jealous you live in Kansas City. There is no good BBQ joints in Seattle but I guess that just means I’ll have to save my pennies and make it at home.

  8. #
    Jess — February 19, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Cassie, your dad has a barbecue restaurant? Fantastic! What a smart idea to add liquid smoke. We do lots of pulled pork, although none of it ever quite compares to getting the good stuff in KC. I’ll have to try this trick next time though.

  9. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 19, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Drippy bbq sauce!! Ohhhhh How I love bbq sauce dripping down my pulled pork sando! Great recipe! I find crock pot pulled pork using beer as the liquid is the best pulled pork I’ve made. Love this!

  10. #
    Angie — February 20, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I NEED this pulled pork in my life now! Looks so good!

  11. #
    Rach @ This Italian Family — February 20, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    Mmm… my favorite way to make pulled pork! Love how the slow cooker does all the work for me! :)

  12. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — February 21, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I love using liquid smoke! Adds such great flavor to meat and baked beans. This looks yummy!

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    Sabrina — June 4, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I’m from Kansas City too now living in Vegas. Nobody knows real BBQ out here! I’ve made my friends out here this pulled pork and country ribs and BBQ chicken and BBQ turkey they can’t get enough!! The best BBQ sauces I would say are Jack Stack original, KC masterpiece original, and Gates BBQ!! You CAN NOT go wrong with some KANSAS CITY BBQ!! Trust me you NEED it in your life lol. Thank you for a great recipe :).

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    Marc — November 12, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    I was just wondering if this would be just as good using a bone in pork shoulder I make a great pulled chicken but I am trying my first pulled pork and that is the cut of meat I have to work with? Thanks in advance

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