Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Last weekend we invited friends over for our first barbecue of the season.  Except I was really in the mood for pulled pork, and ended up planning a whole menu that did not involve turning on the grill – oops!  But we did still enjoy our meal outside, and the nice thing about this pulled pork recipe is that it is cooked in the slow cooker, which, like the grill, is great for summer cooking because it doesn’t heat up the house like an oven.  Plus, it really could not be simpler, leaving a little extra energy for homemade barbecue sauce which is WELL worth the effort!

While I’ve gotten pretty good at making homemade versions of many foods (e.g., bread, yogurt, granola, etc.), condiments have been slow to follow – I’m still fairly dependent on store-bought versions of things like ketchup, hoisin sauce, salsa, and mayo.  Barbecue sauce is something I don’t use very frequently, but store-bought versions tend to be loaded with sugar and have tons of unnecessary ingredients, so I thought this might be a good place to start.

Unfortunately, after a lot of research, I realized that it is virtually impossible to find a barbecue sauce recipe that isn’t based on ketchup.  Pretty much every recipe was some combination of ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and spices.  But for me, if I’m going to bother making something at home, I don’t want to start with a cup of ketchup!  Fortunately, one of my favorite blogs – Red, Round, or Green – came to my rescue with a barbecue sauce recipe that contains only a tiny bit of ketchup.  Of course, just to prove a point, I had to modify even this recipe to eliminate the ketchup entirely.  Ketchup is basically tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, and spices, all of which are already present here, so I just adjusted the quantities a bit.  I also made some other tweaks based on my preferences.  The resulting sauce is FABULOUS!  I can’t stop taste-testing it while it’s cooking.  This recipe makes just enough for the pulled pork, so feel free to double (triple?) and freeze for the next time you need it!

 

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One Response to Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  1. Place pork in a slow cooker. Set on low heat and cook for 10 hours. Transfer from the slow cooker to a roasting pan and shred with two forks, removing any large pieces of fat. Pour the broth into a heatproof pitcher or large fat separator, and skim off the fat. Put the pork back into the slow cooker. Combine the barbecue sauce and 3 cups of the skimmed broth. Stir into the pork and cook 2 hours. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pork from the slow cooker. Place the meat on a serving platter or on individual buns. Serve the remaining sauce alongside.

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