There are lots of pulled pork recipes out there. I stumbled across this one long ago and have used it hundreds of times. I love how it’s a bit spicy and also how the vinegar gives it a nice tangy-ness, too. And, of course, it HAS to be cooked until it’s falling-apart-good – that’s just what good pulled pork is all about.
4-5 lbs. pork butt or pork shoulder, cut into chunks
3 Tbs. vegetable oil
3 Tbs. paprika
2 Tbs. kosher salt
2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 – 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 onion, peeled and sliced
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the spices, then rub the spice blend into the pork chunks using your fingers.
Electric Pressure Cooker Method: Add oil to pressure cooker pot; when oil is hot, add seasoned pork chunks, a few at a time, browning off on all sides, then removing to a plate to repeat with remaining pork chunks.
Stir in chicken broth to deglaze pot: add honey and vinegar, stirring to combine; add sliced onions, then top onions with browned pork chunks.
Cover pressure cooker and lock lid into place. Choose high pressure setting for 55 minutes. When time is up, use the natural release method. When pressure is gone from pressure cooker, carefully open the lid, testing to make sure the pork is very fork-tender and shreds easily. (If pork isn’t as tender as you’d like, bring to up to temperature under high pressure again and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.)
Slow Cooker Method: Place onion slices across the bottom of the slow cooker; top with pork halves, then slather the pork on all sides with the prepared spice paste.
Turn slow cooker to low and cover. Cook pork on low for 7-8 hours, or until pork is very fork-tender and can be easily shredded with a fork.
Serve pork warm as the main course along side baked beans and cole slaw.
I usually make a big batch of this pork and then freeze the extra pork in meal-size portions to have for use later in our favorite dishes, such as Pulled Pork Walking Tacos, Pulled Pork and Pineapple BBQ Quesadillas, or Pulled Pork Parfaits.