Good Morning Y’all
Let me start by saying that I cheated with this meal. By that, I mean that this is a quick to put together and easy to cook recipe that has been around for quite some time. BBQ Pulled Pork Crock Pot Style is just that pork done in the crock pot/slow cooker so you do not have to monitor it while you go about your day.
As many of you know, we have a house full of pick eaters, and this leads to some planning issues when it comes to dinner. We keep my grand kids on a regular basis and while having them around is great fun, planning meals is mostly not. They, being children, do not/ will not eat most things that look different than what they are use to seeing. This is not an unusual thing for most children, and I know that some of you may run into this from time to time. One of my favorite examples is when I made my Shredded Beef Chili a while back that the boys would not eat because it did not have ground beef in it…chili is suppose to have ground beef you see. So, given that food has to appear to be just like mom’s/ grandmother’s/grannies or pop’s, we have to get creative around here to avoid over processed food when the grand kids are here. This is how I did it this week.
I started by calling my daughter to ask if they would eat a different dish (that I was sure they would eat, Michelle was sure they would NOT). My daughter informed me that…….they would NOT eat it…points for Michelle. We talked about the different things they might eat and settled on this, which was done a specific way. You see, the kids do not like homemade….anything, well not really but close, so this pulled pork is made using off the shelf BBQ sauce. Since it was kind of last minute, the choice of pork was not my normal pork butt/shoulder. I used Loin chops instead, which tend to be much drier than pork butt, since there is very little fat there. I want to write a reference post soon about the different cuts of meat and suggested methods of cooking but that is for another day…..
Let’s get started making this pulled pork.
BBQ Pulled Pork Crock Pot Style for Man Food Mondays
- 2 pounds pork chops (bone in or boneless)
- 1 1/2 bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce ( I used Williams Brothers original BBQ sauce.)
- 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon ancho pepper powder (You can use chili powder.)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Place pork chops in a plastic ziploc bag and pour in the dry rub. Shake to coat all the pork chops and place in refrigerator for 3 hours or over night.
- Place dry rubbed pork chops into the crock pot and cover with the BBQ sauce. Add 1 cup water and set to cook on high for 5 hours.
- After 4 hours, remove the pork chops from the sauce to a baking dish and “pull apart” with 2 forks. If you use bone in chops, discard the bone. Transfer the sauce to a sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook till it’s reduced by half . you will need to stir to keep from burning.
- Return the pork to the crock pot and add the ketchup mixing well. Cook for 30 minutes
- Once the sauce is reduced add up to half back to the pork chops and mix well reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
- Set the remaining sauce to serve with finished pulled pork
This is an easy meal, but you will need to spend a little time with it in the last hour. You can use any off the shelf sauce OR you can make your own if you want.
We put these on buns with a couple of hamburger pickles and the BBQ sauce to add if needed. Served Tater tots and fried green beans as sides. It was very tasty and filling. Makes good leftover too.
I know this is sort of a non recipe for y’all, but I have to tell you this was fun to make. And, if you want ,you can teach it to your kids to get them started helping in the kitchen.
Have a great week be safe.