Make Ahead Meal: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Sundays serve up a great opportunity to set the tone of the week, especially when it comes to food. I like to make a big batch of something yummy that can be used for quick meals throughout the week – this way there are no excuses for getting off track or skipping a meal.
When it comes to protein, a batch of slow cooker pulled chicken or pulled pork is an easy way to get ahead. I’ll use it throughout the week over a salad, in lettuce wraps, or alongside some delicious sides.
Give this simple tangy pulled pork a try and pair it up with some collard greens and slaw or on a warmed corn tortilla or lettuce wrap for taco night. Top with pickled red onions, avocado, cilantro, lime, and a little hot sauce, and you’ve got yourself a party.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: About 8 hours
- 4-5 pound pork shoulder (whatever will fit in the slow cooker)
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
To Get The Goods
- Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the maple syrup and continue to mix until you have a paste. The maple syrup works wonderfully for this – so while other recipes will use brown sugar, I like the idea of using a natural sweetener because it creates a great spread to smother the pork.
- Spread the mixture over the pork. Meanwhile, add the apple cider vinegar and water into the slow cooker. Place the pork in the slow cooker and cover.
- Cook for about 8 hours, until cooked through and nice and tender. Remove from slow cooker and place on cutting board.
- A lot of the outer fat will naturally fall off and remain in the juices in the slow cooker. Remove the fat from the liquid by using a skimmer and toss. Remove the liquids from the slow cooker, strain more as desired, and set aside.
- Using two forks, shred the pork, then place the pork back in the slow cooker. Stir the liquids you set aside earlier, then pour some – about ¼ or ½ or until the desired juiciness – over the pork and mix thoroughly. Keep covered on warm or low until ready to eat.
- Pair with tacos or delicious sides, and enjoy! Then save the rest to use throughout the week.
Tip: If you’d like crispy ends, add the pulled pork to a lined baking sheet and broil for a few minutes.
Too add a little bite to these check out my simple Apple cider Vinegar Pickled Onions.