Recipe from my sister Laura. A home chef and cooking class instructor in california
You can prepare this with chicken or beef as well. But pork is classic, and delicious.
2T BBQ rub (sample recipe attached)
3-4lb Pork Shoulder or Butt
3-5 garlic cloves
2T Tomato Paste
2T brown sugar
2T prepared mustard
1T Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
1 Tbsp BBQ Rub
1 14oz can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes, fire roasted if possible.
1 onion, sliced
Optional Rub: If you have time or think of it, rub the pork with about two tablespoons of your favorite BBQ rub the night before. This will give the meat a deeper bbq flavor, especially if there is smoked paprika or chipotle powder involved.
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside until ready to pour over.
Turn your slow cooker on to low and add the pork, nothing else yet. Let the meat cook for about an hour like this so that some of the fat renders out. This is a great thing to do early in the morning while you are getting ready for work. If you don’t have time, just try and trim as much fat as possible. Before you leave, pour off any rendered fat, add the sliced onions and pour the puree over the meat. If your cooker has a timer set it for 8-10 hours, depending on the size of your meat. You can speed up the cooking time by cutting the meat into slightly smaller chunks.
When you get home, check the pork with a fork. If it shreds easily, it’s ready to go. You can shred it in the pot and toss with the sauce. Or if the sauce is too watery, remove it from the cooker and reduce on the stove until desired consistency is reached.
Serve on buns with extra barbecue sauce if desired. Coleslaw is also amazing and classic pairing.
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