This winter I made the unanimous decision (meaning I made it and everyone goes along with it) that once a week we'd make a big ol' batch of something: Chili, Coq Au Vin, Roast Beef, Roast Vegetables, various soups... So we'd have something easy and warm for lunches and dinners through the early part of the week. On Sunday I whipped up a batch of Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork courtesy The Splendid Table's web site.Â It is NOT a replacement for a real BBQ but it IS a great sandwich fixing. Super easy, too:
In short, you drop a pork butt into the slow cooker, add dry rub and bottled smoke, close the cover, go away for a while, pull or chop the meat and pile it on a bun, add sauce, get out the pickles, open a beer. BOOM! That's barbecue, baby. Can you feel it? That's Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork.
Tweaks I made:
- I used Steven Raichlen's basic rub recipe, because I had it on hand. We grill or roast meat with bbq rub all year, and I like knowing my rub hasn't been sitting in a tin somewhere, losing flavor.
- Dialed back just a bit on the liquid smoke. Just a smidge, not by much because we had a larger roast than the recipe listed. I can detect a sharper edge to that liquid smoke flavor and didn't want to risk the pork coming out with that metallic-y taste. Still came out "smoky" and the house smelled absolutely amazing.
- Def. will make this again. It is a great sandwich fixing - rich, warm, flavorful. Simple and direct. Easy to store and serve. Ridiculously easy to prepare, and works well for the "serve yourself & save" set.
- This would have cost us two or three times as much had we ordered it from a restaurant, and it stretches nicely with shredded cabbage.
- If the other recipes in the "Splendid Cheap Eats" section are this good, I'll have to try them too.
Any recommendations you'd make to further tweak this recipe? Links to similar recipes? I'm all ears.
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