Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - And You Can Do It Top 8-Free!
I am all about a good slow cooker meal, but I honestly do not utilize this amazing mode of cooking often enough. This recipe, however, is a regular on my rotation. It not only works well for a random Tuesday night, but it is a fantastic dinner for feeding a weekend crowd. And, it could not be EASIER. Seriously... all you need is some salt, pepper and your favorite BBQ sauce and you are good to go! I have to give credit to my mom for sharing this one with me, and trust me, you'll be thanking her, too, after giving it a try.
Crock Pot Pulled Pork
First things first: go and get you a nice Boston butt pork roast. I usually buy one that is about 3-4 lbs. and more often I go with the boneless option (but bone-in works well, also).
Once you get the roast home, use a sharp knife to trim any excess fat and then get ready to season away. I use Kosher salt and coarse pepper, and I LIBERALLY season both sides of the roast by sprinkling the salt and pepper all over.
Once you've seasoned, preheat a pan (if you have a cast iron skillet, all the better), drizzle some olive oil inside, and sear both sides of your roast until it's golden brown all over. While some people think this step isn't necessary, I am a true believer that this searing helps lock in the flavors of the roast before slow cooking.
Once you're all seared up, put your roast in your slow cooker and pour an entire bottle of your favorite *BBQ sauce inside, making sure to coat the entire roast.
Set your slow cooker on LOW for 8-10 hours and let it to its magic!
Once meat is done, take it out of cooker and use two forks to "pull" meat, shredding it up. You can top with more BBQ sauce at this point, if desired.
*Be careful to make sure your BBQ sauce doesn't contain any sneaky ingredients, especially if you are gluten- or soy-free.
There are MANY ways to enjoy your pulled pork. You can...
Eat it by itself.
Enjoy it alongside some homemade dairy, egg and gluten-free cornbread (see recipe here).
Put in on a sandwich, using your favorite allergy-friendly bun. When we do sandwiches at our house, my family loves to top their pulled pork with egg-free coleslaw (see recipe here) and add a a pile of homemade top 8-free sweet potato fries (see recipe here) on the side.
Make your life easy tonight, and try this today! You'll be glad you did.