Slow Cooker Pulled Pork With BBQ Sauce

Warm bank holiday weekends and long Summer days, when the sun is shining overhead and the bees are buzzing in the garden, are days for lazing. Sitting in the garden with a book, enjoying the warmth of the sun and listening to the neighbours mow the lawn whilst smelling the freshly cut grass. Hearing the fountain tinkle softly in the background and the birds happily singing in the trees. These are days when you want food that prepares itself, without much effort. It would be ideal if the food would just jump out of the fridge and place itself on plates, ready to eat. Sadly this never happens but a slow cooker is the next best thing. A slow cooker is ideal in winter for preparing warming stews, but is also perfect in the summer. After a long day out, at the beach or the theme park it is too much trouble to cook. With a slow cooker the meal is ready and just needs serving. Slow cooker pulled pork with BBQ sauce is perfect for these days, it can be served on buns and eaten with a side salad or coleslaw and a potato salad.

  Pulled pork with BBQ sauce The pork and the sauce are also delicious in cold sandwiches and can be packed for adventures the next day.  Following the success of my ham slow cooked in coke I decided I was going to slow cook my pork in coke and also use coke as the basis for my BBQ sauce. The coke added a lovely nutty taste to the pork and it was delicious. Once cooked the pork was easily shredded with a couple of forks and I served it on buns topped with the BBQ sauce. I also make a potato salad with chives and dill, a coleslaw with carrots, celeriac and cabbage and some rhubarb chutney to complete the feast.

All the foods in the meal were Red Tractor assured, part of the Red Tractor challenge I have been taking part in. The Red Tractor mark on your food shows that it has come from farms in Britain and has to meet standards which cover everything from the way the food is produced, to how it gets onto your plate. I was amazed at the quantity of foods that are covered by the Red Tractor mark, not just meat but vegetables as well. The potatoes in my potato salad were Red Tractor, the dill and chives were home grown from my own garden. The coleslaw used white cabbage, celariac and carrots, all Red Tractor products and was dressed in mayonnaise with a touch of black pepper for added flavour. The pork joint was also Red Tractor, a lovely British bank holiday meal. The rhubarb chutney was also home made with Red Tractor rhubarb, an experiment that worked really well.

Summer Slow cookingPerfect food for sitting and enjoying in deckchairs in the garden, while the sun shone. Easy to serve, easy to eat and quick to clear up afterwards and ready when you want it. The key is getting the meat into the slow cooker early in the day and just leaving it to cook. The salads can be prepared the day before and left in the fridge. The pulled pork can also be cooked in the oven instead of a slow cooker, it just needs to be cooked slowly.

Pulled pork with bbq sauce

Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2kg pork joint
  2. Bottle coca cola
  3. 2 teaspoons full grain mustard
  4. 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  5. 1 teaspoon sugar
  6. For the sauce
  7. 500 ml coke cola
  8. 250 ml tomato purée
  9. 100 ml vinegar
  10. 200g brown sugar
  11. 1 onion chopped
  12. 2 teaspoons black pepper
  13. 1 clove garlic
  14. dash Tabasco sauce
Instructions
  1. Add the pork joint to the slow cooker and pour in the coca cola until the joint is covered.
  2. Add the mustard, tomato purée and sugar into the coke.
  3. Cook on medium for around six hours until the pork is meltingly soft.
  4. Pull the pork into strips using two forks.
  5. For the sauce.
  6. Chop the onions and garlic into small pieces.
  7. Place in a pan with the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil.
  8. Simmer for around 15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Notes
  1. Serve the pork in buns topped with the BBQ sauce.
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Disclosure: I was sent a hamper of Red Tractor products in order to create recipes using Red Tractor foods.

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13 Comments

  1. May 28, 2014 / 11:43 am

    That looks melt in the mouth delicious #TastyTuesday

  2. debbie godbolt
    May 28, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    hi im always looking for something different to cook and i love pork so will give this a try thank you x

    • May 29, 2014 / 9:08 am

      You can actually do it in the oven as well, just put it on a lowish heat and leave it in for ages.

  3. DANIELLE VEDMORE
    May 28, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    Oooh yum – I love pulled pork – have had it three times in as many weeks. Just yummy!

  4. Ali
    May 28, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    This looks gorgeous, always wanted to give pulled pork a go. Now need to get around to it! #TastyTuesday

  5. May 30, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    You really can’t beat pulled pork done in the slow cooker – I think it’s the favourite recipe on our blog too. I love the sound of your potato salad and coleslaw too – yum!
    Thanks for linking up to #TastyTuesdays, I’ve pinned this to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board too.
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