Volunteer Work and a Pulled-Pork Sandwich

My honey and I did some volunteer work last weekend with Rebuilding Together.  The organization helps older or low-income folks stay in their homes by providing maintenance, landscaping, and fixes that the homeowners cannot do for themselves.

In addition to meeting a great group of people, we were treated to a delicious lunch of homemade pulled-pork sandwiches and cole slaw furnished by a volunteer.  What a treat!  With this being slow-cooker season, I naturally went looking for a simple recipe for pulled pork that I could cook at home.

This is a compilation of ideas from three different recipes, with a few tweaks to suit our preferences.  It was super easy, economical, and tasted amazing.  It will be hard to wait until dinnertime when the aroma starts wafting through the house!  Here’s the recipe:

1 pork roast – I used a sirloin roast, about 2 pounds
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium to large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced (or use about 1 Tbsp. jarred minced garlic)
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock (low-sodium is best)

Spice rub:  1 Tbsp. brown sugar;   1 Tbsp. chili powder;   1 Tbsp. Mediterranean sea salt (or about 1 1/2 tsp. regular table salt);  1/2 tsp. cumin; and  1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix the ingredients for the spice rub in a small bowl.  Rub the spices into the pork, coating all the sides.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet big enough to hold the roast.  Brown the pork really well on all sides.

Put the sliced onions and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Pour in the chicken stock.  When the pork is nicely browned, add it to the slow cooker.  Put the cover on and cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or on high for about 5 hours, until the pork is fork-tender.

When the meat is done, take it out of the slow cooker so you can pour the onions, garlic and stock into a separate bowl.  Pull the pork apart using two forks to bite-sized shreds.  If it seems dry, add some of the cooking stock back in and toss it with the meat.  Serve on soft rolls with BBQ sauce and a side of cole slaw, and pass the napkins!



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