Crock – Pot Pulled Pork Carolina Style

While traveling through the Carolina, I must stop and enjoy the savory, vinegar pulled pork bar-b-que shacks that litter the region. In Santee, South Carolina they make a pulled pork seasoned with mustard. Although I usually make this using a slow-roast method, in a 220 degree oven for 6 hours or so, I’m taking a different track for this experiment. While consulting some pulled pork aficionados, there is an alternative to the ‘dry’ slow-roast, ad that’s the  ‘wet’ crock-pot method. So, since the Bet Yet market had pork shoulders on sale… I’m going to try the ‘wet’ method.

Here’s what I’ll need:

  • 1 (3 pound) pork shoulder
  • 4 cups water, or as needed
  • 4 cups cider vinegar, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Place the pork shoulder into the ceramic bowl of a slow cooker. Pour enough water and white vinegar into the slow cooker to assure the pork is completely covered, maintaining a 1-to-1 ratio of vinegar to water. Add the salt. Put the ceramic bowl in the refrigerator and allow the pork to marinate at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.

Drain enough of the liquid from the ceramic bowl until about 1/2-inch of pork is left exposed. Add the onion to the remaining liquid. Season the exposed surface of the pork with the cumin, mustard, chili powder, and brown sugar. Place the bowl into the base of the slow cooker and cook on High until the pork is tender and falls apart easily, 8 to 10 hours.

Carefully remove the pork to a cutting board; shred the meat into strands using a pair of forks. Remove and discard any excess fat.

Serve this with some Cajun spiced rice and veggies…

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