It’s too hot to cook but you need an idea for what to do for dinner, then get out your slow cooker!
Pulled pork is so easy to make in the slow cooker! Throw in a little bourbon for sweetness and flavor!
It’s vacation time in the Lemons for Lulu household. We are crazy enough to pile into the family mini van and drive off into the sunset in search of white sandy beaches, ocean breezes and total relaxation. The destination will be bliss. It’s the getting there that will be maddening. Nothing truly tests your patience and your love for your own family quite like a road trip. I’m sure some folks might say that the journey is part of the adventure. While there might be some truth to that, I’d rather skip the 13 hour journey and get to the part where I’m sitting on the beach sipping a margarita!
The drive always starts out perfectly. Everyone is smiling and happy, it IS vacation after all. I settle into my passenger seat and do what I always do when I’m in the car; I fall asleep. But it doesn’t last long because my kids do what they do in the car, they get hungry. Once the crinkling of food packaging is heard, the flood gates open. Our kids will embark upon the biggest eating frenzy. It’s my own fault. I like to bring special “vacation” food, like this Samoa Popcorn or this almond bark. You know the kind of food you have around because you are blatantly bribing your kids for good behavior! Unfortunately for me as co-pilot, this means I’m constantly contorting my body trying to reach and distribute the snacks. Now I’m totally annoyed because my nap has been ruined and I can’t get past the amount of crumbs that are raining all over the floor of the van.
Then my son has to pee. He’s not very good at giving advanced notice. When he announces he has to go, HE HAS TO GO NOW! What ensues is a little muttering under the breath while the van careens across several lanes of traffic hoping to get to a bathroom before there’s more than just crumbs on floor of the van, you know what I mean?
And then it’s the dreaded “how much longer”. That statement is just like nails on a chalk board. Kids fail to realize that we are just as anxious to get out of the car! We do not enjoy having a numb butt anymore than they do! We get bored and cramped and tired and hungry too. So trust me, it is in our best interest to get there and when we do, we will shout out a booming” HALLELUJAH” , fall to our knees and kiss the sand! Then vacation can truly begin! And for the next several days no one mentions the fact that we have to drive 13 hours to get back home.
I think the family road trip is the perfect analogy for making this slow cooker bourbon pulled pork. The anticipation will make you crazy, but it is worth the wait! It actually doesn’t take long to put together. Mix everything in the slow cooker, put in your pork and walk away. In a matter of hours you will have the most mouth-watering, saucy and tangy pulled pork you’ve every tasted! The bourbon adds a sweet, woodsy undertone to the sauce. Pile the pulled pork on your favorite bun along with some pickles, hot peppers or slaw. It’s seriously crazy good!
See, it’s not the getting there that’s important, it is how it ends! And this meal ends with a satisfied belly!
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- 1 ¾ cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Worcetershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup bourbon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 lbs boneless pork roast
- Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, add pork, turning to coat. Cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook an addition 7 hours. Remove pork and shred with two forks. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and cook an additional hour.