Summer cooking for us, means firing up the grill…or the crockpot, so that I can keep the kitchen cool, and have some time away from the stove. One of my summer-standbys to make ahead for a party or for the freezer, is pulled pork. It is sort of a no-brainer meal, that is easily put together in the crockpot in the morning before work, and I have leftovers for the week or the freezer for lots of meals.
There are so many options for making recipes with pulled pork, other than the standard, pulled-pork barbecue sandwich, I also love to make quesadillas with the pork, some red onion, cilantro and cheese- or a pork and black bean chili. Pulled pork is a great thing to make if you ever want a meal to “give”, say for a new-mom, or a sick neighbor, or as a hostess gift! Just make it ahead, and put it in a container, add some buns, your favorite barbecue sauce and tie it up and give it to a family that needs a quick meal. I have done this a few times, and know it is an easy and appreciated diversion from the average casserole!
Because I like to use the pork in several recipes, I like it without barbecue sauce, so that I can adapt the cooked pork to any recipe. But it still needs lots of flavoring-up as it cooks, so I made an all-purpose pork rub (without sugar!) that gives the pork lots of flavor, without making it necessarily barbecue. Here’s the recipe – This makes enough for two pork shoulders/butts/loins:
I just sprinkle about 1/2 the recipe all over the pork and cook it in the crockpot (use your crockpot directions for time needed according to the weight of the meat) until it is falling apart and ready to shred. So easy, no sugar, and delicious too.
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