Even though this is just pulled pork bbq, I felt like it needed one of those fancy names, so I started calling it Lawbreaker BBQ. There is a story behind that though!!
The Super Trooper’s family has a big ol’ reunion every year…usually in the summer and always on a weekend. I’ve only been to a few because, in the past, I’ve always worked weekends. However, I like to cook and I always try to contribute something.
Last summer, I made a crock pot full of bbq and sent it along with some sides. At the end of the day, the crock pot was almost empty and a couple of people asked if they could have the last little bit. My husband scraped it out into a couple of little styrofoam bowls and left it on the counter for the people who had requested it.
Now normally, this family is fairly full of law-abiding citizens. But there was apparently something about this particular pulled pork that made even good people go bad. Someone picked up a bowl of bbq, knowing someone else had put dibs on it. The shame. They admitted doing it…but only because they too made the mistake of putting it down and someone else picked it up!
All of this pilferage…right there in front of the police!!!! (You’d think having a police officer in your family would inspire you to behave, but a good majority of them diapered him and the rest of them know what kind of trouble he got into as a kid. They respect him, but they aren’t afraid of him.)
Undoubtedly, I will be making extra this year. And I think this should be a lesson to all of us: Never put your food down at a family reunion (or at my mother-in-law’s house…she will throw your food out and wash your dishes. True story.) and good food can turn even the most decent people into lawbreakers!!!
Just in case you’d like to try it for yourself…
You Need This Stuff
Pork Butt Roast (I used two…that is all I could fit in the crock pot! Also, you can use another cut, but pork butt is awesome for bbq.)
2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
2 Tablespoons Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 to 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar (oops…not pictured!)
*New addition: I started pouring 1/4 cup of apple juice on top of the roast (after the spices and sugar). It just gives it a little extra something!
Put the roast in the crock pot. You can mix the “rub” in a bowl and then put it on top or you can do it like me and just pour it on and spread it out!
Of course, all of the spices can be adjusted to your own taste. I don’t like to use a ton of salt, because I think the sauce and the slaw have plenty. And if we’re being really honest, I actually had to measure these out just to share this recipe. I generally just eyeball it!!
Cook the roast. If you are in a big hurry, you can usually get it done on high for about 4 hours. I like it best when it cooks long and slow…8 hours on low. I have also been known to cook it for a couple of hours on high and then turn it down to low for a few more. Again, base it on your preference…and time constraints! (In the above “after” picture, I cooked it overnight while we were sleeping. I kept dreaming about food.)
Once the roast cooks, you need to drain the grease (if there is any–if there isn’t a whole lot, I usually just leave it in there) and remove any bones or large pieces of fat. I don’t worry if a little fat gets left in the mix. It tends to melt and make the meat juicy! But you don’t want big huge globs of it. That would just be gross.
Then you are gonna shred it, pull it, or whatever you want to call it! It’s usually tender enough just to do with a fork. Or two forks. Or whatever method is easiest for you. Let me know if you need help.
Also, you are going to need a little sauce. I like Sweet Baby Ray’s a LOT. If you have a favorite, go ahead and use it. Or make your own. I’m going to do that someday. I mean it.
I used about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sauce. You can add more or less, depending on the size of your roast.
I’m getting hungry.
I like to serve my bbq with a Hot Slaw recipe I actually made up by my little old self! I was inspired by a little grocery store deli in Southeastern KY. We used to get bbq and “hot” slaw to go on top. Everyone seems to remember this, but no one had a recipe. Enter: The Internet!!! I searched and found several different recipes, none of which was exactly what I was looking for. So I took a bits and pieces and made it my own.
This Is What You Need:
1 Cup Ketchup (I like Heinz.)
1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 bag of coleslaw mix (because I’m lazy that way)
Put everything but the coleslaw mix in a pot. Heat it on low until it just starts to bubble. You want the sugar to melt, but you don’t want it to burn!
Pour the coleslaw mix into a bowl. Add the sauce and stir until all of the cabbage is covered.
You can eat this while it’s warm or put it in the fridge. I think it’s fabulous either way!
Last but not least, put your bbq on a bun and cover it with some hot slaw. I like a little mustard and some bread-and-butter pickles with mine. Also, a little creamy coleslaw and potato salad on the side is not a bad thing!!