How To Make Pork Shoulder In Slow Cooker
Want to learn how to make pork shoulder in a slow cooker? Pork shoulder is the top portion of a pig's front leg. Depending on your region, it may be called Boston butt or Boston blade roast. Cooking pork shoulder in a slow cooker is an especially good cooking method, since the pork becomes tender and moist when cooked with a slow cooking method, such as braising or stewing. Pork shoulder is popular in Southern barbecue where it is generally served as pulled pork. Slowly cooked pork shoulder falls off the bone in shreds and is served on rolls with barbecue sauce.
- 1/4 cup each paprika and garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. each kosher salt, dried oregano, chili powder and celery seed
- 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
- 3 lbs. boneless pork shoulder
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 head garlic
- 1 medium onion
- 1 quart each apple juice and chicken stock
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup each brown sugar and tomato paste
- 3 tbsp. each Worcestershire sauce and coarse brown mustard
- 2 tsp. each paprika and garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste
- Hamburger buns
- 4-quart slow cooker
- two forks
- Combine spices into a dry rub. Mix 1/4 cup each paprika and garlic powder, 2 tablespoons each kosher salt, dried oregano, chili powder and celery seed, and 1 tablespoons ground black pepper.
- Sprinkle the pork shoulder with the dry rub. Let marinate for fifteen minutes.
- Slice the onion and layer it in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the pork shoulder, thyme, bay leaf and garlic, apple juice and chicken stock.
- Cook the pork shoulder in a slow cooker on low for six to eight hours until it is fork-tender. Drain the liquid and shred the pork with two forks.
- Combine barbecue sauce ingredients in a saucepan: 1 cup ketchup, 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 3/4 cup water, 1/2 cup each brown sugar and tomato paste, 3 tablespoons each Worcestershire sauce and coarse brown mustard, 2 teaspoon each paprika and garlic powder and cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer until the flavors meld.
- Return the pulled pork shoulder to the slow cooker. Add the barbecue sauce. Let the slow cooker sit on warm until the barbecue sauce melds into the pork.
- Serve the slow cooker pork shoulder on hamburger buns.