Having a crowd for a Super Bowl Party tomorrow? This is a recipe for you! Cook in the slow cooker during the day, and it's ready for kick-off when the party starts. Serve with a big bowl of cole slaw and whatever else you like.
No, this is not a pulled pork that you smoke lovingly over a charcoal fire stoked with mesquite, applewood or other fancy wood chips. But it's easy to pull together, and it cooks while you do other things. What makes it special is the BBQ sauce. The recipe for my favorite--from an old James Beard cookbook--follows.
1 piece of pork loin or pork shoulder/butt--whatever will fit in your slow cooker and will serve the crowd you're having
1 bottle root beer (diet works, too)
1 large onion, sliced
Hamburger buns, toasted
BBQ sauce (recipe follows)
Place pork in slow cooker along with onion. Add root beer to almost cover.
Cook on low for approximately 8 hours.
Remove pork from slow cooker. Remove fat (it should separate from the meat easily), and shred using two forks.
Drain liquid from slow cooker (reserve in case it's needed). Return pork to slow cooker with onions and enough BBQ sauce (recipe follows) to coat. (If the mixture is too thick, you can add some of the reserved liquid.)
2 medium onions, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup of tomato puree
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup beef stock
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup red wine
Saute chopped onions in olive oil until soft. Add all the rest of the ingredients, except wine, and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add wine and simmer for five minutes.
Serve pulled pork over toasted buns with extra BBQ sauce on the side.
Hope your team wins!
Note: This BBQ sauce is not as thick as the bottled stuff. You can also use a bottle of your favorite sauce, but this sauce is easy and really makes the pulled pork special!