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I usually am hard pressed to find a package of pork butt that is less than 4 pounds when I go to the grocery store. That's a lot of meat for the 3 in my household. However, I can use it as a base for many delicious dishes, which I absolutely love!
So, here I'm excited to share a super easy and absolutely mouthwatering recipe for Pulled Pork made in a slow cooker with coke!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
You will love this easy recipe for slow cooker pulled pork because:
- It's so so easy. Less than 5 minutes of prep then hands off to enjoy your day!
- The resulting cooked pork is delicious and melt in your mouth tender! Use your favorite dry rub to make this pulled pork along with coke. A long and slow cook ensures an oh so tender fall apart pork which honestly is difficult to stop eating. 😃
- You can use this as a base for so many different dishes, including the ever popular pulled pork sandwich!
- It's very economical. Pork butt is an inexpensive cut of meat. You can stretch your dollars and eat deliciously without feeling like you are skimping on meals.
Ok, I hope you are ready to enjoy both creating and eating some delicious pulled pork!
You only need 3 ingredients to create this melt in your mouth pork.
The ingredients are:
- Pork butt approximately 4 pounds (also called Boston butt) - this is a well marbled piece of pork with lots of intramuscular fat. This cut is PERFECT for pulled pork
- Pork dry rub - simply select your favorite dry rub that is suitable for pork. I am using a rub that I bought on a trip to Mississippi called "The Heavy Hitter Hot Rub" from Mississippi Meat Mafia. This is sweet with a bit of heat. If you'd like to make your own rub, I highly recommend this rub from Steven Raichlen called "Raichlen's Rub #1."
- Coke - typically regular coke is used when adding coke to pork to make pulled pork. This is because the the sugars caramelize when cooking adding a sweet taste to the pork. I decided to use Coke Zero in this recipe and it turned out just fantastic. But feel free to use regular Coke, diet Coke, or even Mexican Coke. It's all good!
Now let's get out our slow cooker and get ready to make this great recipe!
Begin by seasoning your pork butt very liberally with your dry rub of choice. You'll want to season every nook and cranny of your pork.
I used around 4 tablespoons of dry rub for 4 pounds of pork butt.
Next, place your seasoned Boston butt into your slow cooker, and pour your choice of Coke over the meat.
Take the time to enjoy watching the coke bubble up as you pour it over your pork. 😃
By the way, I have a small crock pot (3 quart) and was able to snugly fit a 4 pound pork butt in it. I recommend that you use a 3 quart or larger slow cooker for this recipe.
Now cover your slow cooker (crock pot) and turn it to a low setting. Cook on the low setting for 12 hours. The wait to enjoy your pulled pork will be agonizing, but it will be worth it!
Here is a picture of the pork around halfway (6 hrs) into cooking it.
And finally, here is a picture of the finished dish.
Isn't it a thing of true beauty? Look at the beautiful fatty and delicious broth that you have as well.
Making The Pulled Pork
The last thing to do is remove the amazingly tender pork from the slow cooker, leaving the liquids behind. Place the pork on a plate, and use two forks going in opposite directions to shred the pork. This will be your pulled pork which you can now use for any number of amazing dishes, including pulled pork sandwiches! Or Pulled Pork Nachos!
I do so hope that you will take some time to make this Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork With Coke Recipe. You won't regret it!
Save The Liquids From Cooking Your Pork
Please note that it's great to save the fatty, rich and delicious liquids that come from cooking your pork. You can use it to add flavor to soups and could add a little back into your drained pork for additional moisture. Basically use it as a broth which is full of meaty and yummy pork flavors!
The best cut of pork to use for pulled pork is the pork butt aka Boston butt. This this is a well marbled piece of pork with lots of intramuscular fat which makes for the tenderest meat when cooked low and slow.
Coke is often used to cook pulled pork because the sugars in the Coke caramelize during cooking which gives a sweet taste to the pork.
The secret to getting the most tantalizing tender pulled pork is to cook it low and slow. The slow cooker or crock pot is perfect for this!
Some Other Recipes You May Enjoy!
Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
- Perfect Baby Back Ribs From The Oven
- Easy and Scrumptious Pork Carnitas Tacos
- Delicious and Hearty Pink Beans
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork With Coke Recipe
- 1 slow cooker aka crock pot
- 4 lb pork butt also known as Boston butt
- 4 tablespoon dry rub use your favorite dry rub that is suitable for pork; I have linked to Raichlen's Rub #1 in the post which I highly recommend and you can make this yourself if you prefer to make your own
- 7.5 oz Coke you can use regular Coke, diet Coke, Coke Zero or even Mexican Coke
- Begin by seasoning your pork butt very liberally with your dry rub of choice. You'll want to season every nook and cranny of your pork. I used 4 tablespoon of dry rub for 4 pounds of pork butt.
- Next, place your seasoned Boston butt into your slow cooker, and pour your choice of Coke over the meat.
- Now cover your slow cooker (crock pot) and turn it to a low setting. Cook on the low setting for 12 hours.
- After 12 hours your pork will be tantalizingly tender and is ready to enjoy!
- The last thing to do is remove the amazingly tender pork from the slow cooker, leaving the liquids behind. Place the pork on a plate, and use two forks going in opposite directions to shred the pork. This will be your pulled pork which you can now use for any number of amazing dishes, including pulled pork sandwiches!