Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pulled Pork

Mmmm pulled pork. It's so delicious and I think it can be very versatile when seasoned a certain way. This seasoning on slow cooked boneless Boston butt pork roast gives the pork great flavor while still complementing the flavors of other recipes. I'll use this for barbeque pork sandwiches and shredded pork burritos, for example, and add other flavors and seasonings accordingly. It's like a blank canvas of pork!

I'm a college student and cook on a college student budget, so if I'm going to cook an enormous cut of meat, I better be happy eating it all week. With this pork recipe I'm free to get creative because the flavors go well with variety of dishes! I eat home-cooked meals on the cheap all week and don't get bored. Perfect!

Pulled Pork

8-10 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 7 hours
Total time: 7 hours 5 minutes

3 lbs boneless Boston butt pork roast
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

1. Combine garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

2. Rub seasoning mixture on pork roast.

3. Place seasoned roast fatty side down in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

4. Shred pork in slow cooker with two forks and remove any unwanted fatty pieces. Mix shredded pork in the juice drippings in the slow cooker. Enjoy!

I like this seasoning mixture for the pork roast because the flavors go well with everything. I hate to call it "neutral" because that makes it sound bland, but it really is neutral in the sense that it keeps a lot of possibilities open for recipes to use the pork with. And that's the idea when you're trying to cook on a budget and keep some variety in there!

Rub the seasoning mix aaaaaall over the pork roast. You'll get messy, but it will be worth it.

Place the roast in the slow cooker, fat side down.

Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Everyone should invest in a slow cooker! You can cook inexpensive pieces of meat and they will still be tender and delicious.

Mmmm and after 7 hours - this juicy goodness.
Shred with two forks. It will easily pull apart and you can remove any fatty pieces you don't want. I like to shred it in the crock pot so you can mix it in all the juice! It would be a shame to  waste.

Tonight it's a pulled pork sandwich with Sweet Baby Rays Sweet 'n Spicy barbeque sauce, salad, and loaded baked potato fries from Budget Bytes.  Nom nom nom.

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