Pineapple-Barbecue Pulled Pork
So while most of my recipes are affordable, quick, and easy, it is possible to have a recipe that is affordable, takes a very long time…and is still easy! So here we feature one of my favorite kitchen friends (and hopefully yours too!) – the slow cooker.
This recipe cooks slowly for a total of nine hours, simmering together seasoned pork, tangy barbecue sauce, and delicious pineapple! Toss in a few other flavors and you have an absurdly easy recipe that yields a huge amount of food and is guaranteed to be crowd pleaser! So set your slow cookers and set and watch this meal come together by itself. And added bonus: your kitchen will smell amazing!
Ingredients (makes 12 pulled pork sandwiches):
- 3.5 to 4 pounds of pork shoulder (or pork butt – they’re the same thing but different stores have different names!)
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- 1 red onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 2 cups of pineapple tidbits in juice
- 4 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. ginger
- Trim excess fat from pork. This can be tricky and frustrating so my best advice is trim as much as you can. You can get the more challenging bits off after the meat cooks.
- Season pork on all sides with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. You should get a slight aroma of garlic but don’t overdo it! There is more garlic coming later. Place the seasoned pork in the crock pot in 2 cups of water. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
- Dice onion. Mix with minced garlic cloves and ginger.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the mixture with the barbecue sauce, pineapple tidbits (again – not drained!), and honey. Cover and store in the fridge until you are ready to add to your pork.
- After the pork has cooked for eight hours, remove the meat and set aside. Drain out the excess liquid from the slow cooker. Shred the pork and return to the slow cooker. At this point you should remove any excess fat you see. Add the pineapple-barbecue sauce. Mix thoroughly and cook on low for one hour.
After an hour (by this point your kitchen will smell fabulous!) your pineapple-barbecue pork is ready to serve! Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich or enjoy the meat by itself for a low-carb option.
Whatever you do, this recipe yields a huge amount of food that will be an instant hit! And may I suggest serving it with my Bean-Slaw? Recipe here: Bean-Slaw
Let me know how you enjoy it in the comments below!