Pulled Pork and Barbecue Beef or Chicken are really easy in the crock pot. So easy, that I feel real guilty when people compliment me on it. I make all of them the same way, but since I have a picture of Pulled Pork that is what I am going to talk about.
3 –4 lb. pork roast
8 oz. V-8 or tomato juice
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (I like Trader Joes Bold and Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce, but I’m from Kansas)
Put the roast in crock pot. Pour V-8 juice over the roast. Place lid on crock pot and cook on high for 6 – 8 hours until you can pull it apart with a fork:
I check on the roast at 6 hours and start pulling it apart in large chunks using 2 forks . Then I check on it every 30 minutes or so and pull it into finer pieces. If your meat has bones, you need to remove them at this point. Once the meat is pulled into fine pieces I mix in the barbecue until it reaches the desired consistency and flavor. It can be served immediately on buns, though my gluten intolerant daughter loves it on top of a rice cake.
I often make this the day before my kids are hosting a game night. I make it completely and leave it in the ceramic portion of my cock pot and store it over night in my refrigerator. The next day I pull it out and place the ceramic crock back in the crock pot 2 hours before the party and set it to warm or low (depending on which crock pot I am using).
I like to make this for my family, but we can not eat it all before it goes bad. To prevent waste, I divide it up between several Pyrex bowls after shredding the meat. I season one bowl with barbecue sauce to eat immediately and freeze the rest. When I need more, I thaw a bowl and add barbecue sauce to it. It makes for a fast dinner on busy nights.
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