Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Written by Jeanette Smith 13th June 2020

There’s a little work involved in this dinner, but it’s well worth it. I originally got this recipe from the BBC Good Food Guide but I have it adapted for our tastes, family size and available ingredients.

First you need a good lump of pork, preferably a shoulder. We got ours from our local butcher @dick.dooley. You need to leave it marinating in a rub overnight. If you don’t have time for that, leave for as long as you can.

To make the rub:

  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then rub it all over the pork.

Put the pork in the slow cooker insert or a separate bowl, cover and pop in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

Once marinated, take from the fridge and place the insert back in the cooker (or place the pork in the cooker if it was in a bowl)

Add in a large red onion, quartered, a few crushed garlic cloves, 2 chicken oxo and about 300ml water. I swooshed out a little water in an almost empty ketchup bottle to give it extra flavour

Put the lid on and put it on high for 8 to 10 hours.

When the pork is ready, take it out the cooker onto a plate. Drain off the liquid from the cooker and add the onions, etc back in.

Pull the pork apart on the plate then add back into the cooker with the onions. Add your choice of bbq sauce. We don’t like the one on the BBC Good Food website, so we adapted it a little to suit our tastes. BBQ sauce is such a personal sauce. There are so many recipes, jars, packets, etc out there, you need to find the one you like.

To make the bbq sauce

  • 1 tbspn apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbspn ketchup

Put all ingredients in a small pan and warm through to mix. Add to the pork and stir it all around.

Serve in a crusty bap with coleslaw and cheese, and a side of potato wedges and corn on the cob!

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