Every Spring pork goes on sale for a ridiculously good price. Often 1/10th the regular price or even less and this is the time of year that I fill up my deep freezer. Last year I scored 7 pork shoulders that were marked down to 78 cent a pound. This is a LOT of pork for a very low price. Honestly, I would have bought more if I had a bigger freezer.
I have tried pork shoulder a few different ways but really it is perfect for pulled pork. It is fatty and therefore tender and fall-off-the-bone after a long, slow cooking process. If you are home during the day you can also make pulled pork in the oven but there is something so perfect about coming home to a delicious smelling house and a meal ready to be eaten.
The great thing about pulled pork is that it takes almost no effort on your part. You can pop it in the slow cooker before you leave to work and when you get home you only have to shred it.
I recommend keeping the bone and popping it in the freezer for later. It makes delicious bone broth (think ham soup).
Did you see the fancy looking roast in the picture above? That is from cross cutting the skin. It helps the fat dissolve into the meat and the skin brown into crispy, bite-sized pieces.
Honestly, Jonny and I don’t like the “crackling” so I cut it into large pieces for the dogs or pull the skin off before I cook it.
- 1 pork shoulder (any size as long as it fits in your slow cooker)
- garlic powder
- Optional - cross the the skin as I did in the picture above
- Liberally coat the shoulder with salt and garlic powder
- Place into your slow cooker on Low for 8-12 hours
- When it come apart easily with a fork remove the skin and any big piece of fat
- Drain off the fat and shred the meat
- Season as needed
There are so many awesome ways to use pulled pork. Mixing it up with a little BBQ sauce and eating it on a bun makes for amazing pulled pork sandwiches. Don’t limit yourself there though! It is great in wraps, pizza, frittatas or on top of a salad.
Whatever I don’t eat the first night, I bag up and pop in the freezer to be used up over the next month or two. That way we never get sick of it and have some when we want it!