Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pulled Pork and Cole Slaw

Fall weekends are perfect for pulled pork.  It's this time of year that we start to crave hearty, comfort foods and pulled pork fits the bill.  Pulled pork is easy to make and if you use your slow cooker, you can get it started early in the day and go on with your busy life.  No need to think about it again for 8 to 10 hours.  How great is that?
Yummy Cole Slaw
Last weekend I made pulled pork using my sister's recipe.  She made it for us when we visited recently.  It was so easy and tasty, I just had to make it again. 
You'll also want to make some cole slaw to go with your pulled pork.  It's terrific either right on top of the pork in a sandwich or on the side.

You could buy the cole slaw at your local deli or grocery store, but it is so easy to make you'll want to give it a go.  It's also much cheaper to make it yourself.

Let's start with the cole slaw.  You can make it a day or two ahead of when you want to serve it so the flavors combine.

Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw Ingredients
  • 1/2 small head green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Shred the cabbage and carrots and toss them together in a large bowl to combine.  I like a lot of carrots in my cole slaw, but if you don't, just use less. 

 All together I had about 1 pound combined of cabbage and carrots.
Cabbage and Carrots

In a small bowl or a mason jar, mix together the rest of the ingredients until the dressing is smooth and well combined.  Pour as much dressing as you like over the cabbage and carrots and mix well.  Cover and refrigerate.  Refrigerate any extra dressing, as well, in case you want to add a bit more when you serve the cole slaw.

Add the Dressing
Pulled Pork
  • 1 pork shoulder butt
  • 2 bottles Guinness beer
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
Place the pork shoulder butt in your slow cooker.  Add the two bottles of beer.  Cover and cook on high for 8 to 10 hours.  You'll know the pork is done when it falls apart very easily.  Don't rush it.  As a matter of fact, you can let it go longer.

Remove the meat from the slow cooker to a  bowl or platter.  Pull the pork apart using two forks, discarding any fat.  The pork will look like it does in the picture below.

Add the barbecue sauce and toss to well combine.  Serve on a crusty roll with the cole slaw and pickles and you'll have pulled pork like they serve it at Fenway Park.  Yummy!

Leftovers reheat well, so make plenty and you can have extra for watching the football game on Sunday afternoon.  The printable pulled pork and cole slaw recipes are available by clicking the link.

Would you like to try cooking your pulled pork in Dr. Pepper?  This recipe has a few more ingredients and is kicked up with chipotle peppers.


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