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!!