Good barbecue is so subjective, and it's all based on the sauce. If you've got a good sauce, you could slather it on just about any cut of meat and make it taste good. If you don't have a good sauce, nothing will save you. But what constitutes a good sauce? Ask any cook and he/she will tell you something different, especially as you travel through different parts of the country. Not only that, but some people will argue that different types of meat warrant different types of sauce.
I have tried about five different sauce recipes for my crock pot pulled pork sandwiches and I think I have landed on one that it worth sharing. Like I said though, good barbecue is in the eye of the beholder, so you will have to judge for yourself.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Makes 6-8 servings
Start to finish: 8 hours
2-3 lbs pork roast (shoulder is traditional, pork loin is leaner)
1 large onion, quartered and separated
1.5 cups ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1.4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
6-8 Hamburger buns
Place the roast in your crock pot with the onion pieces.
Mix together the ingredients of your sauce in a medium bowl.
Pour the sauce over the pork. (it will be thin as far as sauces go but the liquid will be absorbed by the pork)
And then just put the lid on and let it cook on the LOW setting for 8 hours.
Now, I don't know about you, but I can never leave something in the crock pot for exactly 8 hours. Chances are I am doing this before work and the time between when I leave and when I get back is more like 9-10 hours. In my old crock pot, this would make everything dry and overcooked. But, no more. Not with my new crock pot.
I registered for this when I got married. You can choose to program it for a desired amount of hours, and then when that time has elapsed, the slow cooker switches over to warm. You can also insert a thermometer and program it to stop cooking once the desired temperature is met. No more over-cooking! Best crock pot ever.
Now, that being said, I personally think the meat keeps cooking a little even after it changes to "warm" so I will often shorten the cooking time by half an hour or so to compensate. So, if you have a programmable slow cooker, try 7.5 hours.
When you get home, that smell in the air is your beloved pork roast. Take the lid off and shred the meat with a large fork.
There will be juices at the bottom so make sure you incorporate all those into the shredded pieces.
You are not probably ready to eat as soon as you get home, so pop the lid back on and let the pork sit on warm until you are ready to sit down to dinner. This extra time will allow the juices to soak up into the meat.