Good morning all you holiday revelers!
Happy New Year to you.
I hope your new year will be full of the things that move you ahead.
I know that there are some of us that are planning gatherings to bring in the new year. Family and friends are heading back your way to help celebrate and food (and house cleaning :))is central to these gatherings. So what are we going to do here in our house…..slow cooker cooking that’s what. It’s also one of the best ways to get the food on and do the things that are needed before folks arrive. Now you know I have grown to love cooking on the smoker and that I refer to it as a “slow cooker” with charcoal and smoke. Down south here it does not get too cold to use our smoker, but on these days when you cannot spend the time minding the smoker temperature, the slow cooker is the way to go.
Here in the Hinterlands we have 3 slow cookers (over kill I know) and we use them all. 1- 2 qt and 2- 6 qt, the one that is used most is the programmable one that we setup and go about what we have to do, not having to worry over if it’s doing it’s job. If you do not have one I suggest taking that Christmas money you got (or the money from returning that awful sweater) and get you one!
So for today, it’s a Slsw cooker pulled PORK BUTT! Not only is it easy to do, but it is way tasty.
This is no ordinary pork butt, this one is super charged….How about a Coffee rubbed one? I picked up a hunk of “bone in” pork at our local establishment on Saturday night, on Sunday morning while I was making coffee I put it all together and set it to cook while we were gone. Like MAGIC it was done when we got home.
So here is the recipe for the “Caffeinated Slow cooker Pork Butt”:
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tbs onion powder
1/2 tbs ancho pepper
1/4 tsp cumin seed
3 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 tsp red pepper flake
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
3 tbs finely ground dark roasted coffee (you can use Decaf if you have too)
Coat Pork butt in yellow mustard to hold the rub. Be a bit liberal with the rub making sure you get it on all sides and into the folds. No need to add liquid to the Slow cooker, the pork will make it’s own.
8 hours on low in the slow cooker
Once the Pork is done take a pair of forks and pull the pork away from the bone. You can make sandwiches or just have it with a couple of sides ( I like fries and coleslaw). Add you favorite BBQ sauce and you’re good to go.
Way too simple isn’t it? Now I want to give credit where credit is due, this is a modified version of a recipe that I was looking at a while back which is found here at The Hungry Southerner.
So head to the store and get what you need, those people will be arriving soon and you’re not started YET!
Have a safe New Years Eve and check back next week to see what we’re having next Sunday.