BBQ Pulled Pork Shoulder Roast
BBQ Pulled Pork is a delicious and easy meal that everyone in the family will like. For pulled pork, we prefer using a pork shoulder roast. You can get them boneless or bone-in, and we always enjoy the convenience of the boneless roast, which is what we wrote the recipe for, but you can use a bone-in roast if that is what you have. This recipe is our preferred way of making pulled pork sandwiches in the slow cooker, and it has 2 little extra additions to a ‘standard’ slow cooker pulled pork recipe that we think are incredibly easy ways to add flavor to your food without hardly any fuss.
Our first trick is to use a little whiskey in the cooking liquid. Use a cheap whiskey, not your good stuff, and just a little bit. The alcohol will cook off, but the smoky and sweet flavors will stay behind, adding a touch of “just off the smoker” flavor to the meat without having to use artificial liquid smoke. We hate using liquid smoke! If you would prefer not to use whiskey, or don’t have it easily available, that’s totally fine, just use water or chicken broth instead.
Our second trick is to add a bit of onion and minced garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker. This does add a little prep time, so if you’re short on time, or don’t have the ingredients, that’s fine, you don’t need to worry about it, but these are pretty common ingredients, and your cutting doesn’t need to be super precise for this recipe. The garlic and onion help balance the sweetness of the barbecue sauce and the fat in the pork, and we think it’s a step that pays dividends in the long run.
What do you think of our recipe? How do you customize it to make your own? What topping do you use to make your sandwich? There are so many ways to make pulled pork, and we love hearing new ideas. Leave us a comment below with your feedback.
Remove the netting from the pork, and generously season the outside with Custom Culinary Pork BBQ Spice or your favorite barbecue seasoning. Whisk together the BBQ sauce and whiskey (or water / chicken broth) and pour into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the chopped onion and garlic, then place the pork into the slow cooker.
Place the cover on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-5 hours, until the pork reaches at least 195ºF, and easily starts to shred with forks.
Once the pork is done cooking, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. For a moister, more flavorful pork, spoon some (or all) of the remaining juices, plus the cooked onion and garlic from the bottom of the slow cooker into the shredded pork and mix together.
Place the shredded pork on top of your favorite sandwich bun to eat – feel free to top with more BBQ sauce if you like! Possible extra toppings include coleslaw, pickles, and onions. Enjoy!