If you’ve been searching the web for Crock-Pot Pulled Pork like so many folks are during football season and now for your Super Bowl party, congratulations, you found the right site! We wrote the book on it — Cheater BBQ, Barbecue Anytime, Anywhere, in any Weather.
It’s the ultimate guide to using your regular oven or your slow cooker to make all kinds of fabulous indoor barbecue.
Hurry to the supermarket if you’re reading this on game day morning. You still have enough time to make great indoor barbecue before kickoff. Here’s what you do to make smoky crock-pot pulled pork:
Get a big pork butt (5 to 7 pounds) and put it in a large crock-pot. Rub it with a dry rub seasoning mix (or a simple mixture of salt, black pepper, and paprika). Pour in a small bottle of liquid smoke (about 4 ounces). Yes, the whole thing. Cover the crock-pot and set it on high (or low for overnight cooking).
Exact timing is not critical here. What is important is that the meat reaches the fall-apart tender stage. You’ll notice that we’re NOT adding any other liquid to the pot. There is plenty of moisture and fat in a pork butt so for tender, juicy meat plus you’ll get a nice crust on the outside that looks like it came from an outdoor smoker (adding any liquid or sauces prevents the crust from developing).
When the meat is fork tender scoop/lift it out of the pot and set it on a sturdy foil pan or casserole dish. Now pull the meat apart with a pair of forks. We’ve made this a zillion times and each time it’s still a beautiful and amazing process. The barbecue is tender and moist, nicely smoky, and clean-up is a cinch.
No one will know how you made this fantastic barbecue or be able to tell that it didn’t come out of a conventional smoker. It came out of your own kitchen smoker, otherwise known as a slow cooker or a crock-pot. We hope you’ll share your secret.
Here’s the Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork Recipe from our book. It’s so simple it hardly needs a recipe. The only hesitation some people have is about liquid smoke. We understand, we were plenty hesitant ourselves until we experimented with and researched it. We’ve all been eating it for decades in all kinds of foods (and not just bacon, by the way), we just didn’t know it. Read more about Liquid Smoke here.
To serve cheater pulled pork barbecue at a party we use mini hamburger buns or hot dog buns cut in half. Make your favorite slaw and your favorite sauce and don’t forget the dill pickle chips, a great compliment to barbecue.
Here’s our favorite barbecue sauce recipe.
Here’s one of our fantastic slaws.