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Recipe of the week: Slow cooker pulled pork

Slow cooker pulled pork served on a warm corn tortilla with cheddar cheese.

Labor Day is approaching and you may be looking for a twist on your traditional cookout foods to say farewell to summer. This pulled pork recipe is perfect for a lazy day. You won’t have to be in the kitchen all day because we’re using a slow cooker, leaving you more time to spend with family and friends.

You can modify this recipe several ways. For barbecue pulled pork, add 1/4 cup of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet BBQ sauce into the liquid before putting the pulled pork back in the cooker. For a Spanish or Mexican flavor, substitute 1 jar of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Tomatillo Salsa for the Sweet Onion Peach Salsa.

Serves 6
Time: 8 hours

4 to 5 pound pork shoulder, bone-in
Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Spiced Dry Rub, to taste
Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Garlic, Salt, and Pepper (GSP), to taste
1 (16-ounce) jar Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Sweet Onion Peach Salsa
One can Coca Cola Zero (regular Coke or Dr. Pepper may also be used)
Smokin’ Texas Gourmet BBQ Sauce, to taste


Season the pork shoulder liberally on all sides with the dry rub and garlic, salt and pepper.
Add the pork shoulder to a crock pot or slow cooker. Add the jar of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Sweet Onion Peach Salsa and can of Coca Cola.
Cook the pork on high for 6 hours. Baste the pork with the liquid every 2 hours if you like. Remove the pork shoulder from the cooker. Pour the liquid from the cooker into a bowl or large measuring cup. Let it stand for 2 to 4 minutes, allowing the fat to come to the top. Skim the fat with a spoon or basting siphon and then add liquid back to the cooker. Pull the pork into shreds. Add the pulled pork back to the cooker and mix. Cook for 1 to 2 hours and serve hot.

Serve the pulled pork as a slider with a pickle or on a corn tortilla heated with melted cheddar.

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