Pulled Pork (crock pot)

Last night's meal plan was to eat BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.  I already had this made up and frozen in the freezer from a few weeks ago.  So this was pretty simple for me.  I pulled the pork out of the freezer in the am, let it defrost.  Before we left for the day, I put it in the fridge and it was easy to heat up in time for dinner. This recipe makes enough food for 3 - 4 dinners for my family or is excellent to serve a large group.  We have a lot of eaters, but they are big eaters . . . yet.  I serve this pulled pork with those yummy King Hawaiian rolls (see the photo at the bottom).  They are not the healthiest, but they are so easy to handle for small kids and they are so yummy!  So here is the recipe, pay attention to the start time because this cooks for close to 18 hours.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 pounds pork roast (shoulder or butt), don't worry this will fit in your crock pot!
  • 2 large onions (sliced)
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle of BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice one onion and place in the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Put the roast in the crock pot, cover with the other other sliced onion and ginger ale.  Cook on LOW for 12 hours.
  3. 12 hours later . . . pull out the meat and place in colander.  Drain and discard liquid and excess fat.
  4. Return the meat back to the crock pot and shred with two forks.  I am not the tallest so if I stand on a a short stool to do this, my arms don't get as tired.
  5. Add the bottle of BBQ sauce and cook on LOW for another 4 hours.

As you can see the start time for cooking this is pretty crucial.  Before I went to bed I cut up the onions and measured out the ginger ale.  I set my alarm for 1:30AM.  I got up, and did step 1 and 2 (which by the way took 2 minutes, so don't sweat it . . . just do it).  At 1:30PM the next day, I did step 3 and 4.  And between 5:30 and 6:00PM we were eating dinner.  Another note on the 1:30AM wake up, remember this meal is going to produce more than ONE dinner!

I serve this with lots of different sides; potato salad, green salad, asparagus, fruit, lemon dijon green beans, zucchini.  You get the point, choose a side dish that is healthy and enjoy!

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