It is the holiday season. Life is busy and people are tired. With all the parties and baking, meal planning can become overwhelming. One of the greatest life-hacks all home cooks should know is that prepping meat like pulled pork and reusing it in a variety of ways throughout the week can save you tons of time and energy in the kitchen. Here is a simple pulled pork recipe that, with a little creativity, can be served in five different ways!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
What you will need:
- 1 boneless pork shoulder (at least 3 lbs in weight), skin and excess fat removed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 2 cups bbq sauce (bottled or homemade)
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a slow cooker, place pork on top of chopped onion. Add broth, cover and cook on low for 8 hours. For truly tender pork, remember ‘low and slow’ is always the best method! Remove from heat and allow meat to cool. Once cooled, pull meat into shreds (removing fat and gristle as you go). Remove excess fat from slow cooker by skimming the top of the liquid. Return meat to slow cooker and stir in remaining ingredients. Cook for 1 hour on low.
5 Days of Pulled Pork
Monday- BBQ Sandwiches
You can’t beat the classic BBQ pulled pork sandwich! Simply serve your pulled pork on a toasted bun with a side of coleslaw and sweet potato fries and call it a night!
Tuesday- Pulled Pork Tacos
For a Mexican inspired twist, try serving your leftover pulled pork on warm corn tortillas. Top with sliced avocados, shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, feta crumbles and a splash of lime juice!
Wednesday- Pulled Pork Salad
Combat that mid week slump with a fresh garden salad topped with a serving of chilled pulled pork! Dress with your favorite vinaigrette or a creamy ranch and you have the perfect lunch meal!
Thursday- Egg Rolls
Time to switch up the flavors a bit with this Asian inspired dish! All you will need is a cup of pulled pork, diced green onion and celery, shredded carrot, and about a ½ teaspoon of both minced garlic and soy sauce. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spoon into the center of eggroll wrappers and wrap everything up nice and tight. Finally, fry or bake until light golden brown!
Friday- BBQ Pizza
Mix up your usual Friday night pizza night by using what’s left of your pulled pork. Keep it simple by purchasing a premade pizza crust (obviously homemade dough is delicious too). For the sauce, simply mix ½ cup marinara with ½ cup of your favorite bbq sauce and spread evenly across crust. Top with leftover pulled pork, sliced red onion, pineapple chunks, and plenty of mozzarella cheese! Bake at 450 degrees until your cheese is melted and bubbling!