Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saucy slow-cooked pork

I was gifted a large pork shoulder and had it hidden in the freezer for a while. Finally, I decided what to do with it: pulled pork! To make it easy on myself, I decided to combine the ingredients and pork into the slow cooker and let 'er rip. I threw it all in the in morning, turned it on 'low' and then 8 hours later, when I came home from work,I had a fulled cooked piece of meat.

The ingredients I put in with the pork shoulder were:
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
-2 tbs yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- salt and pepper

When the cover is lifted at the end of the slow-cooking process, the meat will be cooked and sauce simmering. What I did is to take the roast out of the pot and onto a cutting board to cool slightly. Then I poured the sauce into a pan on the stove. Once cool enough to touch, I shredded the meat with two forks and put all the meat into the sauce. I added a bit of store-bought BBQ sauce because I felt I needed more liquid to my homemade sweet & sour concoction. I then let the shredded pulled pork simmer on the stove for about 1/2 hour until I was ready for supper.

You can serve the pork on top of buns or alongside potatoes or other veggies. I had pulled pork sandwiches, with sweet potato fries and corn on the side. And there's lots left over for lunch the next day and even more for the freezer for a rainy day!

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