Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Why yes, I do like pulled pork. While none of it beats what I can get back home (I’m from eastern North Carolina, where the barbecue is always pig, never sweet and generally freakin’ amazing), and I don’t have a smoker to make the real thing, I get my fix as I can. The slow cooker helps — it makes something not enough like what I consider real barbecue to make me notice the differences, but enough like it to feel familiar and homey. Fear not, though; if you don’t have a slow cooker, a nice oven braise will do you well too.

Roommates like this one as well — they appreciated the novel presentation (those are corn muffins peeking out of there) and enjoyed the flavorful sauce. I didn’t find the pork shockingly delicious, but it was serviceable, and the sauce was really quite tasty.

Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, adapted from Simply Scratch

Pork Part:
3-4 lb. pork butt, bone-in
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 c. chicken broth

Sauce Part:
1 c. balsamic vinegar
1 c. ketchup
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/4 c. honey
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, grated or minced finely
salt and pepper to taste

Serving Part:
6 corn muffins (I cheated and used a Jiffy mix)

Pork part: Season the pork butt and plop it in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the onion over it. Tuck the various herb sprigs around it and pour in the chicken broth. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove it from the slow cooker and discard the liquid and wilty herbs and onions that are left. Shred with forks. Pick out the bones. Put it back in the slow cooker.

Sauce part: With half an hour left on the pork, bring the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, honey, mustard, Worcestershire, and garlic to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce by a third. Taste for seasoning. Add several sizable ladles-full to the slow cooker with the shredded pork and mix.

Warm and split corn muffins. Spoon pork over the top. Serve with extra sauce if desired.

 

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~ by iliadawry on 15 February 2013.

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