In the northeast, if you say BBQ, it means putting anything onto a grill and cooking it. Hamburgers, hot dogs, you name it. In the South, if you say BBQ, you better mean pork.
My husband loves pulled pork, but when we first met I was still in my "I don't eat any pork" phase. It was the kind of thing he'd order in a restaurant and I'd scrunch up my nose if he offered me a bite. When we first moved to Atlanta, he was working Monday-Fridays in Chicago and one week I decided to surprise him with pulled pork when he got home from the airport. Since we didn't have a grill at that time, this crock pot recipe seemed like my only option. I don't recall the original source of the recipe, but I think it may have been allrecipes. A quick google search shows that most crock pot pulled pork recipes are similar, some just utilizing more extras. The beauty of this recipe is that it only calls for 4 key ingredients. And less is more, in my opinion.
It has become our only pulled pork recipe. I will admit that when friends make it in a smoker or on a grill, the flavor is much nicer. But when you don't have a smoker or just looking for an easy pulled pork this is the way to go. Even easier, use a bottled barbeque sauce. I have yet to find a home made barbeque sauce that I like, so I just use the bottle for now. Because of my love of barbeque sauce, it's goal of mine to find a great home made sauce.
I love having this recipe in my arsenal because its great for large groups and I can just start it early in the morning. By the time the party rolls around, its done and all I have to do is enjoy the party. It can also be made a day in advance and reheated in the crock pot. Leftovers freeze perfectly.
Someday I'll make "real" barbecue, on the grill. But I've served this on a few occasions to real southerners and I haven't had any complaints yet.
Crockpot Pulled Pork
adapted from allrecipes
4 lbs Boston butt
2 onions, sliced into rings
5 or 6 whole cloves
water, enough to cover pork
1 onion, diced
2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
salt and pepper
Line the bottom of your crock pot with one of the sliced onions. Stud the pork with the cloves and place on top of the sliced onions. Cover the pork with the second sliced onion, then pour water in just to cover the meat.
Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.
Remove pork from the crock pot and discard the water, cloves and sliced onions. Shred (or chop) the pork and return to the crock pot. Mix in the diced onion and BBQ sauce. Cook on high heat for one hour, until the onions are soft.
Serve on hamburger buns with extra BBQ sauce on the side. I always serve this with cole slaw and baked beans. Occasionally, I'll finely slice some red onion for the sandwiches.