Background and History:
Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork is a dish deeply rooted in Texan barbecue tradition. The origins of this flavorful and tender pork dish can be traced back to the early settlers of Texas, who learned to cook tough cuts of meat low and slow, resulting in the iconic barbecue style we know today. The secret to its delectable taste lies in the bold rubs, hours of slow cooking, and the love for genuine Texan flavors.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cooking Time: 8-10 hours (slow cooker)
- 3-4 pounds pork shoulder or pork butt, boneless
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- Buns for serving
- Coleslaw for topping (optional)
- In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper to make a rub.
- Rub the spice mixture all over the pork shoulder.
- Place the sliced onions and minced garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Put the seasoned pork on top of the onions and garlic.
- In a separate bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and water. Pour this mixture around the pork.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until the pork is tender and can be easily shredded.
- Use two forks to pull the pork into shreds.
- Serve on buns with coleslaw, if desired.
- Calories: Approximately 300-400 per serving
- Protein: Around 30g
- Carbohydrates: Approximately 10-15g
- Fat: About 15g
- Adjust the cayenne pepper to your desired level of spiciness.
- You can prepare the coleslaw in advance for a classic pairing.
- Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork is excellent for sandwiches, tacos, or even as a topping for baked potatoes.
- Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.
Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork brings the iconic flavors of Texan barbecue to your home, featuring tender, smoky, and perfectly spiced pulled pork. Discover the magic of low and slow cooking, and savor this classic Texan dish that’s perfect for gatherings, game days, or weeknight dinners.