Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork

I love making pulled pork in my slow cooker.

(side note: the spell checker really wanted to change that to love-making which is actually pretty appropriate for this recipe.)

Just throw everything in and 8 hours later you have amazing, fall off the (invisible) bone, tender pulled pork.  You may have to deal with the mouth-watering aroma of simmering bbq pork all day, but MY oh MY is it worth it!

I usually keep it pretty simple and just use traditional BBQ sauce but this time I wanted to switch it up a bit and make more of a Carolina Vinegar BBQ sauce and then I decided to throw in some of the pineapple I had on hand.  The pineapple added a nice sweetness but you could totally make this without the pineapple if you don’t have any.

A few weeks ago I pulled out my slow cooker to make a roast chicken but when I plugged it in to the wall, nothing was happening. No lights, no heat, nothing.  It seemed to have been operating at a higher temperature than normal the past few times I used it so I wasn’t surprised that it had shit the bed.  I tried plugging it into another outlet and it still didn’t work, so into the trash can it went!

Later that night I whipped out my hand blender to blend a soup, plugged it in and nothing happened.  Crap! It was just the outlets and not the slow cooker.  I stood there and thought about the slow cooker sitting at the bottom of the trash can outside with all of my dog’s poop.  I faced a dilemma: fish out the still-good poopy slow cooker or buy a new one.

Conclusion: Buy a new one!!

Isn’t it PURRDY?  Ok, I know it’s a crock pot, it even says it in big letters on the front, but for some reason I hate that word.  I feel like I should be making shepards pie and american chop suey if I call it a crock pot.  So for me, it’s going to be a slow cooker.

Sooo…. just throw all these ingredients in your slow cooker with a pork shoulder or Boston butt and let it work its magic for 8-10 hours.

When its done, just shred it using two forks in a separate bowl & add some of that saucy goodness left in the slow cooker.

Once it’s done, the possibilities are endless!  I made some sliders using the apple cole slaw I made.  You could eat it by itself, make a sandwich, or even tacos!

I made some quesadillas with the leftovers. OH.EM.GEE. Sooo good! I topped them with a little avocado & greek yogurt.  My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. YUM!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Ice Cream Outings.

Or in this case, frozen yogurt outings.  Although I really do love ice cream, I think I enjoy the actual outing of going to get the ice cream more.  Isn’t it the greatest feeling after a long summer day to finish dinner and say “Let’s go get some ice cream!”

I believe ICE CREAM was actually the first thing I learned how to spell.  My parents used to say to each other, “Should we go get some I-C-E-C….”  “ICE CREAM!!! Yes, pretty pretty please!!!”

Ice Cream outings are much less frequent these days since we generally try to eat pretty healthy but a summer isn’t complete without a few!  I have recently become obsessed with this new place called Orange Leaf.  And by obsessed, I mean we’ve been twice and I think about it all the time.  They have tons of different flavors of frozen yogurt to choose from and then you help yourself to the topping bar.

That is mine on the right up there.  I got coconut & pineapple frozen yogurt with fruit, granola, coconut & these exploding fruit ball thingies.  OMG, SO good!! If you haven’t been, check this place out!!

Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue
Slow cooker pulled pork with a tangy Pineapple Carolina BBQ sauce. Delicious on sandwiches or tacos!

Ingredients

  • 4-5lb pork shoulder or boston butt
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cup diced pineapple

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeño juice

Directions

1. Place the diced onions in a single layer at the bottom of the slow cooker.
2. In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. Use as a rub to coat the entire pork shoulder. Place the shoulder in the slow cooker and top with the diced pineapple.
3. Mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the pork shoulder. Set slow cooker to cook on low for 8-10 hours.
4. After cooking, remove pork from the slow cooker and shred using two forks. Add a few tablespoons of the remaining liquid in the slow cooker to the shredded pork.

Note

You can make this recipe without the pineapple if you don't have any on hand.

6 Responses to Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork

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  2. Catherine says:

    Absolutely delicious pulled pork. Mmmmm. Thanks for the great recipe. Even my picky 18-month old loved it.

  3. Ilse says:

    Hi,
    In the blog post you mention BBQ as one of the ingredients but not on the list. Is it a different recepie?

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Hi Ilse! There is no actual bottled BBQ sauce in this recipe but the ingredients used are those which are often used a vinegar-based BBQ sauce, some people call this Carolina BBQ sauce. It adds great flavor to the meat while its cooking, you can always mix in some of your favorite bbq sauce at the end when you shred the meat to add a little extra flavor if you’d like :)

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