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It’s 7am on a Saturday and I’ve already got dinner in the slow cooker, or crock pot as many people refer to it. No, I’m not super woman. Stupid cat woke me up at 5am, and I couldn’t get back to sleep.
Many years ago, Brian came back from a business trip in New Orleans and told me about the pulled pork sandwiches he had. The pork wasn’t slathered with bbq sauce. Instead, it had a vinegary cole slaw on top. I was able to find a recipe for southern pulled pork that I adapted (can’t remember where, and after trying a couple of different cole slaw recipes, Brian told me I had found the right one.
The recipe makes enough for two or three dinners’ worth – depending on how many people you’re feeding. The pulled pork also freezes well.
Ingredients for pulled pork
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 pd boneless pork roast
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed (or 2 tsp jarred crushed or minced garlic)
- 4 cups water
- 1 tbsp liquid smoke
Directions for pulled pork
- Cut roast into large (2 inch square) chunks, season generously with cajun seasoning
- Melt butter in large skillet and brown pork on all sides. Place pork in slow cooker.
- Add onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until they are soft. Add the water and scrape up all the brown bits on the sides and bottom of the pan. Add the liquid smoke to the water.
- Pour everything from the pan into the slow cooker on top of the pork.
- Cook on high for 6 hours; low for 8 hours, or until pork falls apart when pierced and can be shredded easily with two forks.
- Remove pork from slow cooker, shred with two forks and replace back into slow cooker to keep moist and warm.
Ingredients for cole slaw
- 2 c shredded cabbage
- 2 tbsp minced onion
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
Directions for cole slaw
Combine all ingredients and allow to sit in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
Making the sandwiches
- Use a good, sturdy roll. Regular packaged hamburger rolls will get soggy under the moistness of the pork. Kaiser rolls work well, but you can use whatever rolls you want.
- Put the pulled pork on the bottom of the roll. Top with cole slaw. Enjoy!
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