Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled pork can be done using dry heat (a smoker or an oven) or in a slow cooker or dutch oven with added liquid to help the cooking process. In the summer, a smoked pork shoulder makes a

"pulled pork" Stephen Depolo is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“pulled pork” Stephen Depolo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

great pulled pork sandwich. In the colder months, a slow cooker does a great job of getting the tender, savoury and sweet pork that makes a great sandwich and can even satisfy your craving for that bbq flavour. Here is a super easy recipe that you can start in the morning and forget about until dinnertime:
Ingredients:
1 pork shoulder (3-5 pounds works)
1 bbq spice rub (whatever your favourite rub is. If you need to make your own then we like this one for an all-purpose use: http://www.food.com/recipe/bone-dust-bbq-rub-50639)
1 can of pop (root beer works well)
1 sliced onion (optional)

Directions:
Pat dry the pork shoulder with some paper towel. Cover it in the rub and let it sit for 10 minutes until the rub turns a bit of a darker colour.
Put the pork shoulder in the slow cooker and add the root beer. Add sliced onions if desired.
Turn the slow cooker on low and walk away!
6-8 hours later, remove the pork shoulder from the liquid. Shred the roast and set aside.
For an extra flavour boost, take the liquid in the slow cooker and start reducing it in a pan. Add in your favourite bbq sauce once it starts to thicken a bit and then combine the sauce and the shredded pork in the slow cooker. (Reducing the liquid could take some time so if you are in a hurry just dump the liquid and use the bbq sauce only).

Serve it up on some nice crusty buns and enjoy!

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