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Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

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The slow cooker is one of the greatest inventions EVER!. Set it and forget it. Every busy person has to just love a Crock-Pot. My Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork has to be my absolute favorite recipe for pulled pork. It’s so easy and delicious. If you’d like to see my Slow Cooked Pulled Pork or my Fennel Slaw recipes, click on the links at the bottom of the page

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I chose bone-in pork shoulder (or pork butt) because anything with a bone will give you more flavor, the boneless will work fine too. Take a knife and score the top (as seen in the pictures), then season really well with Kosher salt and dark brown sugar all over the top.

Set the pork butt (fat side up) on top of the onions. To the top of the pork, add 1 whole can of Chipotle pepper along with the Adobo sauce. Leave the Chipotle peppers whole and just spread them out with the sauce all over the top of the pork.

Next, add the cola (coke) and unsalted chicken broth, allowing the liquids to just drizzle down from all over the top of the pork until they settle at the bottom. I set the slow cooker for 10 hours on high, place the lid on and let it do its thing.

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Eight hours into the cooking process, flip the pork over and continue cooking. Be careful here because the bottom part of the pork is really tender from sitting in the juices. When you go to turn the meat, use two sets of tongs for extra support.

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After the timer goes off and the pork is fully cooked and falling apart, carefully transfer the pork onto a plastic cutting board and shred away. I use to forks for this task. Place all the pork back into the pot with all its cooking liquid, cooked onions, and garlic.

This is when I add my favorite barbecue sauce in. If you have homemade sauce, great, if not, your favorite store-bought is just fine.

Toss the barbecue sauce through really well so that it coats all the pork and you’re done. Serve it on your whatever type of bun you like, maybe with some pickles or slaw. This is when SWEET meets HEAT! This Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork is going to be a roller coaster for your taste buds for sure.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 hours in the Crock-Pot, on high
Yields: 8-10 sandwiches or servings
Equipment: Large Crock-Pot

Ingredients:
3-pound bone-in pork butt, fat cap scored (pork shoulder)
3 large onions, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled and whole
1 can of Chipotle peppers in Adobo
1/4 cup of coke
1/4 cup chicken broth, unsalted
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1/2 cup of barbecue sauce (favorite brand)

Directions:
Place the onions and garlic in the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Set the scored pork butt on top of the onions. Season the top with Kosher salt, dark brown sugar. Add the Chipotle Peppers along with the Adobo sauce all over the top.

Next, add the cola (coke) and unsalted chicken broth, allowing the liquids to just drizzle down from all over the top of the pork until they settle at the bottom.

Set the Crock-Pot to cook for 10 hours on high. Two hours (8 hours into cooking time) before the timer goes off, flip the pork butt and continue cooking.

Carefully remove the pork onto a cutting board and shred the meat. Then add the shredded pork back into the cooking liquid. Finish by adding the barbecue sauce. Toss the sauce through so that all the meat gets nicely coated. Pulled pork is ready to serve.

Serve hot alongside your favorite side dishes or make sandwiches.

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Fennel Slaw

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

ImageSometimes when I’m looking around my kitchen deciding what to have for dinner, I’ll open a cabinet and staring back at me is my slow cooker. It’s as if it’s screaming, “pick me”. I was in my pantry and frig and saw a few items like these.Image

Then I grabbed that pork butt from the frig and some spices from my pantry and started to do, what I like to call, food painting. You know kind of like when an artist gets his paint brush out and puts it to a blank canvas. Just then, the brush starts to move in such a way that there’s no stopping what may come to life from that blank canvas. I’m laughing to myself while I stare at this 3 pound pork butt and grabbing the right combination of colors, and when I say this, I mean spices to paint all over this butt. I start with a bowl, and to that I’m going to put in 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons each of chili powder, smokey paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, cumin, and ground mustard powder. I’m also going to add 1 1/2 tablespoons of black pepper. Mix all this really well in the bowl, and then place the pork butt (pork shoulder) into the spice bowl and massage the spices all over the pork. Really get into the crevasses so the spices work their way all through the meat.Image

Before I put the pork into the slow cooker, I just chopped up two large sweet onions and set them in the bottom so the pork would have something to rest on. I added 1 cup of blood orange juice and a 1/2 a cup of low sodium chicken broth. Put the lid on and turned the slow cooker on high for about 4 hours. At this point I checked on the pork, turning it over one time and cooked for another 2 hours. The pork was so tender that the meat fell apart. I just shredded it into smaller piecesImage

Now I have to say when you don’t want to make your barbecue sauce it’s no big deal at all, because there are so many great ones out there. I choose to add ingredients to the sauce to make it my own. Like adding Apricot preserves to mine.Image

I serve the pulled pork on toasted buns, whatever your favorite type is, is just fine. On top, my quick home made garlic pickles with red onions , that recipe is posted under “my recipes” on my site along with my fennel slaw. Using the slow cooker, where you just put everything in and forget it is the way to go for a dish like this. It will be ready for you when your ready for it.2014-03-24 17.11.49

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My Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Homemade Pickles And Fennel slaw

My Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Homemade Pickles And Fennel slaw

After 30 years in Bar-B-Q restaurants, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two. I thought I’d post a picture for now. Life’s a little busy for us here at home, We’re laying new carpet and everything is everywhere, I can’t get to my computer at the moment.

Now my link for this recipe is available!

 

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork On A Freshly Baked Ciabatta Roll

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