Crockpot, Pork, Pressure Cooker/Instapot, Sandwich

Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

I bought a pork butt and was originally going to make pork carnitas.  I had all the ingredients and at the last minute decided to switch it up to pulled pork.  It was my first time making the pulled pork in my pressure cooker and with a pork butt.  I’ve done a few times with a pork loin and in the crockpot but never this way.

You can definitely put this in a crockpot for low 8-10 hours or you can make low and slow in the oven.  If you do in the oven it will probably take 8-10 hours as well on like 300°-325°.  I used the pressure cooker because it took 90 minutes.  It came out tender and falling apart and very easy to shred.

I got a pressure cooker a few years ago for Christmas and I love it.  I love being able to cook foods so much faster and they come out much juicer than being in the crockpot.  I just recently bought an instapot.  I haven’t taken out of the box just yet because the next few weeks are super busy I want to be able to use it properly.  I can’t wait though.  Stay tuned for more information on that.

Now, back to the pulled pork.  It came out delicious I can safety say I’m excited to eat these leftovers!  When I think of pulled pork a lot of times I think of an excess amount of BBQ sauce.  I honestly have very little BBQ sauce in this recipe.  I think a lot of time the BBQ sauce drowns out the real flavor of the meat.  So, this is what I did.  It’s probably not traditional but it’s my take on pulled pork with just a simple coleslaw.

Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

4-5lb pork shoulder/pork butt
8-10 large buns
BBQ sauce for topping (optional)

¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup apple sider vinegar
¼ cup Worcestershire
2 T honey or brown sugar
3 T oil
3 T ketchup
3 T bbq sauce
½ T onion powder
½ T garlic powder
½ T cumin
½ T paprika
½ T chili powder
2 T salt
2 T pepper
3 C water

1 ½ T onion powder
1 ½ T garlic powder
1 ½ T chili powder
1 ½ T cumin
1 ½ T paprika
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Simple Coleslaw

14 oz bag of coleslaw mix
¾ cup light mayo
¾ cup light sour cream
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 small onion, diced
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:  In a bowl mix together all ingredients for the sauce minus the water.  Mix well to a smooth consistence and set aside. Cut the pork in 2 pieces.  In a bowl mix together all ingredients for the rub.  Rub mixture on all sides of the meat pieces; make sure to cover the meat well.  Heat pressure cooker on high heat (Or a sauté pan if your oven roasting or using the crockpot.) Add in 1 T of oil and brown 1 chunk of meat at time, brown on all sides.  Remove from the pan.  Use 1 T of oil and do the same thing with the second chunk of meat.

Add both pieces of meat back to the pressure cooker and add in 3 cups of water and pour the sauce mixture over the meat.  Cover the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure and cook on medium high heat for 90 minutes.  Let pressure release naturally.  If you are roasting in the oven, add the meat to a roasting pan and only add 1 cup of water and then pour the sauce over the meat and cook for 8-10 hours on 300°.  Note, you can cook it less but it won’t be falling apart and super easy to shred.  For the crockpot, add meat to crockpot and add in 2 cups of water and pour sauce over the meat and cook on low 8-10.  Cook until the meat falls apart.

While meat is cooking make the coleslaw.  To a medium bowl add the coleslaw mix and the onion.  In a smaller bowl mix together the sour cream, mayo, apple cider vinegar and the garlic and onion powder.  Add that mixture to coleslaw and mix well till fully coated.  Season the coleslaw with salt and pepper to taste and add to the refrigerator until ready to use.  Mix well before serving.

Once meat is cooked, (In whichever method you choose) Add to a large bowl and shred the meat completely.  Spoon some of the juices from the pan into the bowl and mix well.  To serve, add meat to bun and drizzle with some reserved juices and top with a dollop of bbq sauce (Optional: I didn’t do this as the meat flavor was enough for me and didn’t want to change it.)  Either eat with coleslaw on the bun or on the side.  The choice is yours! 🙂

Note:  Double the coleslaw recipe if you’re going to make for a crowd or eat all within a few days.  I only made one recipe as I was only eating half now and freezing the rest.  Optional:  Add the leftover juices to a container or a bowl and let side until the fat starts to separate from the juices.  Once that happens, remove the fat that’s collected on the top and add the liquid to the meat mixture and mix well.  This will keep the meat nice and juicy especially for leftovers or if you’re freezing any of the meat.

Finished Product!
Simple Coleslaw!
Chicken, Crockpot

Salsa Chicken

I have been meaning to share this salsa recipe for a while.  I use Salsa Chicken in a lot of different dishes.  It’s a pretty a common recipe but I wanted to share since I will refer to it in some of my posts.  It’s a nice healthy protein and you couldn’t ask for anything easier.  I just love how versatile it is.

I like to keep some of this chicken on hand in the freezer or even make some for the week.  I have made everything from enchiladas, quesadillas, taco salads, stuffed sweet potatoes and even chicken tortilla soup.  This is very simple and it’s a great base to several different meals.  You will need a crockpot for this recipe.  Also, I strongly recommend getting crockpot liners to use.  It makes clean up a breeze.

Keep an eye out for some recipes with this chicken soon!

Salsa Chicken

6-8 thick chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1- large jar salsa
1- packet low sodium taco seasoning
1/2-3/4 water (optional, see notes below)

Directions: In a crockpot add in chicken breasts and sprinkle over taco seasoning and then top with salsa.  Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-6.  About 1 hour before it’s ready, shredded the chicken and put back into the crockpot to finish off cooking the last hour.  This will make the chicken very juicy and moist.  Once completed save chicken or use right away.

Notes: Try and get thicker chicken breasts for the crockpots.  Smaller or thinner breasts may come out slightly dry.  If you have smaller chicken pieces reduce the cook time.  This freezes well.  Add some to a freezer container and add some extra liquid from the crockpot and freeze.  I also didn’t add water to the crockpot.  The chicken should make enough liquid.  If you feel that the salsa is starting to burn along the sides add in about