This is such a tasty meal and ingredients can vary from just a few simple items to over ten (mainly spices) depending on the recipe.
Whether you cook the pork slowly in the oven or in the crockpot, it’s pretty much a hands-free dish that’s ideal for busy days and casual dining…yet still manages to impress every time (leftovers will not last long!).
Here’s the slow cooker recipe that my family enjoys (with an ingredient that just may surprise you), then I added several more ideas for you to check out below. Enjoy!
3 to 4 pound pork butt/roast
1 can of Coca Cola (or Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer)
1 bottle of barbecue sauce (approximately 2 cups)
seasoning salt or steak seasoning or your favorite mix of spices
- Rub meat all over with spices then place in the slow cooker and pour the can of soda over top. Cover.
- Cook on low heat for at least 6 hours until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork (can take up to 8 hours).
- When meat is ready, remove it and shred completely. Add meat back to the juices and cook for another 30 minutes.
- Next, pour off the juices (keeping meat in the crock) and then add the barbecue sauce. Cook up to 1 hour until the sauce is fully heated.
Serve on buns (top with coleslaw if you like). Delish!
More to try:
- Chipotle: Made with brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, ground mustard, chili powder, tomato sauce, canned chipotle chiles (finely chopped), adobo sauce and cooked all day in the slowcooker. Serve with hamburger buns and slices of avocados. From Pillsbury.
- Slow-Roasted: (oven) Ingredients include dark brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, ground cumin, ground black pepper, dry mustard, ground chipotle chile pepper, apple cider vinegar, ketchup and water. From MyRecipes.
- Hawaiian Style: (crockpot) A little sweet and a little spicy, ingredients include chopped onion, smoked paprika, black pepper, tomato paste, hot chili sauce (sriracha), pineapple juice, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar and freshly grated ginger. From Eclectic Recipes.
- Momofuku Version: A boneless pork shoulder is rubbed with a mixture of salt, sugar and black pepper then covered and refrigerated overnight. The next day it’s cooked in a slow oven. From Yummy Supper.
- Spicy: Meat is rubbed with spices (smoked paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, sea salt) then marinated for at least one hour (or overnight). The next day it’s cooked in the oven while the spicy sauce is prepared (made with apple cider vinegar, homemade ketchup, Dijon or homemade mustard, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper). From Paleo Diet Lifestyle.
- Barbecue Pineapple: (slow cooker) Just a few simple ingredients are needed to make this treat: all purpose seasoning, barbecue sauce (bottled) and a can of diced pineapples (undrained). From Mama Loves Food.
- With Barbecue Sauce: (slow cooker) Ingredients include onion, chili sauce (bottled), cola, ketchup, yellow mustard, chili powder, cider vinegar, ground cumin, minced garlic, paprika, salt, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper and served on hamburger buns with coleslaw (optional). From Better Homes & Gardens.
- With Spicy Slaw: (for mini-sandwiches) A dry rub mixture of paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard, coarse sea salt is rubbed into meat and refrigerated overnight. The next day it’s cooked in the slow cooker with a sauce made of apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, ketchup and black pepper. Includes recipe for cole slaw. From Lilyshop.
- Saucy: (crockpot) Meat is cooked with a mixture of Chipotle Marinade (bottled), barbecue sauce (bottled), chopped onion, salt, ground mustard and cayenne pepper. From Eat, Live, Run.
- Chipotle: A rub is made with Kosher salt and chipotle powder, rubbed into the meat then cooked in the oven for approximately 4 hours. From CopyKat.
- Sweet & Tangy (Slowcooker) Ingredients include an onion, ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, sweet paprika, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and a dash of hot sauce. From Zesty Cook.
- Slow Roasted (Crockpot): Meat is sprinkled with Worcestershire, covered with brown sugar then topped with apple juice and cooked all day (or overnight). From Mama Loves Food.
- Brined & Smoked: A 6 to 8 pound Boston Butt is submerged in a brine mixture for up to 12 hours (molasses, pickling salt, water), then rubbed with a spice mix of whole cumin seed, fennel seed, coriander, chili powder, onion powder and paprika then cooked for 12 hours in a smoker. From Food Network.