Cooking On A Budget: {Slow-Cooker} Pulled Pork

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

{Slow-Cooker} Pulled Pork

Have a luscious, falling apart, honest to goodness pork roast ready when you get home from work!

It's hard to imagine that before a few months ago I did not use one of the best parts of the pig. The cut they call Pork Butt is in my estimation the most flavorsome of any of the cuts I have had. Using the slow cooker method of cooking the pork, it ends up to be falling apart tender and the taste is phenomenal.There's some simple steps to preparing the pork butt for the slow cooker. Come and find out how easy this is to do.

First, getting this pork butt on sale made for an unbelievably inexpensive protein because its' almost three and a half pounds is enough to feed six people. We have left overs as there is only two of us and I'll be using the left overs in what I am hoping is a fabulous make over meal.

The total cost for a 3.41 pound (close to 3 1/2 pounds of meat) cost me $6.79. It's an absolute bargain at that price, right?

That works out to $1.13 per serving!

Add in some baked potato and a vegetable and you still have an inexpensive and delicious meal for the entire family!

The list of ingredients for this dish is short.
  • 3 1/2 lb. pork butt (bone in is fine)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup plum and jalapeno barbecue sauce (or similar)
  • 1-2 tbsp. Cajun spice rub (your own or a market brand)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion
  1. First, season the pork butt all over with the Cajun spice rub mix.
  2. Get a large frying pan with the olive oil heated over medium high heat.
  3. Add the seasoned pork butt to the frying pan and sear on all sides. It takes about three minutes on the side that has the most fat and about 2 minutes for all the other sides.
  4. While the pork butt is searing, peel and cut a large onion in half then in half moon slices. Add those to the bottom of your crock pot or slow cooker.
  5. Add in the chicken broth and the pork and pour in the barbecue sauce - some along the sides and top.
  6. Cover and cook on high heat for 8 hours.
When the pork is ready - it will be falling apart and that is exactly what you want.

It's a perfect way to cook and the perfect protein for weeknight cooking!

You can speed up dinner when you get home by microwaving some potatoes until they are mostly cooked then place them in a toaster oven at 400° and bake for about 20-30 minutes more until the potatoes are thoroughly baked and the skins nice and firm. And choose a quick cooking vegetable to round out the dinner. The other option is to serve with rice as we did this time around.

Be sure to save the onions for those who love onions - they taste amazing as they have soaked up so much good flavor during the cooking process. The sauce that is in the slow cooker is mighty tasty too and can be poured over the meat for added flavor. All in all this dinner was delectable, from first bite to last.

I bought fresh green beans and if you purchase one pound it should be enough for 6 portions. The cost: $1.49. For the potatoes out of the bag you are looking at a cost of .39¢ each. Let's add it all up to see the cost for six people: $10.62, feeding six people for $1.77 each.
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