Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork with Apple Cider

Thursday, 2 May 2013

We had this for dinner the other day, and it was so, so good. I remember the first time I had pulled pork was in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas when I was six. I thought it was the absolute, best thing ever. (Plus we were flying to Disneyland the next day) One of my cousins got the Hurricane glass with their drink and I remember really, really wanting one, but my Dad said that if I got one I would have to carry it around with me the whole time for the rest of our trip, on all the rides in Disneyland, and when I met Mickey and Minnie and the Fairy Godmother, and I had to be really careful that I didn't break it. Smart man, my Dad. I didn't get one, but I did get the pulled pork, and also crispy potato skins. Mmmm.

This is a really simple recipe that you literally don't have to do any actual cooking for. All it involves in putting all the ingredients in a slow cooker in the morning, and when you come home, shred the cooked meat with two forks, and eat with toasted burger buns and coleslaw. How fabulous is that?



We had a family friend who makes this with just three ingredients - a can of Coke, half a bottle of barbecue sauce, and the pork. It's pretty good, but I like my extra spices. If anyone has tried it this 3 ingredient way (you can also substitute the Coke for bourbon, Pepsi, etc, apparently), please let me know!



Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 1 kg pork butt, or pork roast
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/3 cup tomato puree
- 1 bottle apple cider (I used Strongbow Original)
- 1/3 cup Jack Daniel's
- 1 brown onion, roughly chopped
- 1 green apple, cored and sliced
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed

1. Marinade the pork with the spices, sugar, barbecue sauce and tomato puree. I did this in a giant ziplock bag and left it in the fridge overnight, but you can do it in the bowl. It doesn't need to be marinated for a long time, because it's going to be cooking slowly.
2. Put the meat and the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it onto Low, and go about your daily life. 9 hours later, the most tender, juicy and delicious pork will be ready for you to shred (and the apple and onions should be completely dissolved), so do that using two forks.
3. Serve. I toasted our buns with a slice of Jarlsberg before serving, and it was amazing. We had coleslaw and chips on the side, just like how it was served at the Hard Rock Cafe.



In other news, yesterday I decided that I would Live Below the Line. Next week, from May 6th to 10th, I'm going to be eating on $2 a day, which is the equivalent of the extreme poverty line in Australia. I will be getting a little snippet of the day-to-day lives of people who live in extreme poverty... Although to get a better picture, I should be living without clean, running water, electricity, warm clothes, and all the other luxuries we have come to accept as necessities. 

You can sponsor me here, and you can choose to make your donations tax deductible. All support will help to provide schools, teacher training, books and bicycles for young people who live in extreme poverty. Any amount would be appreciated. $37 would provide a student a scholarship for 6 months in Cambodia. So far, I have tricked Milo and Tori have bravely decided to join me next week, and I would love if anyone else would like to join us! Click here to sign up. I will be blogging throughout the week sharing my experiences and recipes. If anyone else is doing this as well, please let me know - I would love to sponsor you + read about your challenge! 

:)

xx gee 

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