My parents came and celebrated Christmas with us a couple of weeks ago. I had gotten a pork butt on sale at the store, intending it for a different purpose (which you’ll be hearing about and seeing in a couple weeks if I can sit down long enough to focus and write about it), but then I found out that I needed a shoulder, not a butt.
No butts about it.
Such a terrible joke.
Anyway, it was sitting in my fridge and I had come dangerously close to forgetting about it, so I decided to throw it in the crockpot overnight. I rubbed it with my favorite BBQ Seasoning (seriously so good, I use it on everything), and let it cook overnight. In the morning, I poured all the drippings into a gravy separator and used them in a base for the best bbq sauce ever. I’ve been making it for years, and while it originated from the Neely’s when they were on Food Network, it’s been substituted and messed with and tweaked over the years until it has ended up as this final product.
I had intended to have these for lunch when my parents got there, but it turned out that they had eaten brunch before coming. However, my mother is a notorious snacker- something that I have definitely inherited- and it wasn’t too long before she was peering into the slow cooker and wondering what was in there. She tasted it and immediately said “holy crap, is that awesome.” We snacked on it all afternoon.
I really think that the difference here is all in the sauce. It’s easy to throw pork in a slow cooker and let it do the work for you, but you give it a chance to absorb flavor with the rub- and the sauce gets a whole other dimension of flavor by using drippings instead of water. It tastes just a little richer.
So if you’ve got anything going on this weekend, like oh I don’t know, a get together for a major sporting event, throw this together the night before and let someone else (or something else) do all the work for you.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
- 1 Boston butt pork roast (I used a 9 lb roast)
- BBQ Seasoning (my favorite: Weber Kansas City BBQ Rub)
For the sauce
- 1 cup drippings from pork
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
- 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- Generously season the pork roast all over with the bbq seasoning. Place in slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours on LOW (or overnight), or until the meat easily shreds with a fork.
- Carefully remove pork from slow cooker (meat forks work well for this), and pour drippings into a gravy separator or measuring cup. Pour off 1 cup of drippings and discard the rest.
- Return pork to the slow cooker and shred using tongs or meat forks.
- Mix together all sauce ingredients and pour over the shredded pork. Cook on LOW for another 2 hours, or HIGH for 1 hour.