During the hot summer months, the last thing you want to be doing is standing over a stove for hours on end, preparing all of your meals for the week. But, if you want to achieve all you are capable of in your health and fitness journey, your nutrition has to be a priority.
However, when your friends are out having fun in the beautiful weather, it's easy to see why staying home to meal prep is not high on the list. This situation is exactly where this week's Bite Me! recipe, Crock Pot Pulled Pork, shines.
Nothing screams summer like barbecue. Yet, nothing requires more time and care (normally) than barbecue. It doesn't have to be this way! With a few delicious ingredients, and a slow cooker, all is possible. What if this weekend you could spend your entire Sunday hanging with your friends, while your meals simple cooked themselves? With this recipe, you can!
Ingredients: Easy Crock Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork
For the Pork:
- 3 Pound Pork Shoulder (sometimes called "Boston Butt"), excess fat trimmed.
- 1 Pound of Carrots, peeled and chopped into finger-sized chunks
- 1 Large Onion, sliced into rings
- 2 Pounds Red Potatoes, chopped into bite size chunks
- 2 Tablespoons Salt, 1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper, 1/2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder, 1/2 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika, and 1/2 Tbsp. Cumin Powder
For those who like a little Spice!
- 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. Hot Sauce of choice (Louisiana style works well here)
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- Pinch of Red Chili Flake, Salt, and Pepper
For those who like a little sweet!
- 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Mustard
- 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Salt
- 1/2 Tbsp. Pepper
- 2 tsp. each Mustard Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika, and Cumin
- Lay the pork on a large dish, and rub generously with the spice mixture.
- Place the pork, fat side up, on the bottom of the crock pot.
- On top of the pork, pour over the carrots, onions, and potatoes.
- Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a small dish, and then pour over the pork and vegetables. The liquid should be partially up the pork. If it is not, supplement with water or chicken/vegetable stock.
- Cook on low for 8-12 hours, or until the pork can be pulled apart with a fork.