One of my all time favorite summertime meals is pulled pork. I love a good pulled pork sandwich – the juices running down your arm as you try to hold you soaked bun into one piece as you savor every bite.
Finished with a cider vinegar sauce, this pulled pork without barbbbqecue sauce is both delightful on its own, or is ready to use a myriad of other recipes!
This easy pulled pork is made in a slow cooker, so you can have it any day you happen to have electricity (which I hope is every day)! It is easy enough that my husband enjoys making it even without my supervision! Now that’s a great recipe!
How to use Pulled Pork without Barbecue Sauce:
Now that you have your pilled pork, what to do with it? The following are great ideas to use your pulled pork leftovers!
- add barbecue sauce and serve them as sandwiches!
- mix it with your macaroni and cheese
- use it to make nachos
- stir it into some chili or ramen
- throw some on top of a salad
- make a bahn mi sandwich
- wrap them in dough and make dumplings or empanadas
- add it into some fried rice
- bake it into a quiche
- add it on homemade pizza!
- make tacos!
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- 3 lbs pork butt (or shoulder)
- 1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp whole cumin seeds, smashed or crushed in either a mortal and pestle or with a meat mallet.
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/ cup water
- cider vinegar to taste
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Sear the pork on all sides and transfer to a slow cooker.
- Turn the heat on the skillet down to medium and add the onion to the residual oil in the pan.
- Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, pepper and cumin seeds to the oil and onion in the pan.
- Cook about 3 -5 minutes to allow the spices to bloom.
- Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the cayenne pepper, brown sugar, worchestershire sauce, salt, and water. Bring to a boil.
- Pour the mixture over the meat in the crock pot. Everything EXCEPT the cider vinegar should be in the crock pot now.
- Cook on high for one hour, then turn the heat down to low.
- Cook 6-8 hours, or until the pork is done.
- Carefully transfer the meat only to a large bowl and use tongs or two forks to pull the meat apart.
- Strain the cooking liquid and discard the mushy onions.
- Reduce the liquid by half until it reaches a slightly thicker consistency.
- Remove the liquid from the heat and add cider vinegar to taste.
- Pour over the meat.
- Serve in buns to make sandwiches.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 830mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 44g