There’s very few things I like in life better than booze Taye Diggs’s ass, naps, a good meal. But when the planets align and I can combine two of my loves, I’m a happy woman. My oven is still broken and I think pulled pork should always be made in a slow cooker anyway, so I used my crock pot for this. I literally threw all the ingredients in before I left for the gym in the morning and it only needed 10 minutes of prep once it was cooked. And lawdy jeebus, it was GOOD. So tender, with a slight whiskey taste (and I don’t even LIKE whiskey normally), and a hint of citrus.
Whiskey Pulled Pork
What you need:
1 pork butt roast, preferably the kind already wrapped up with twine. Otherwise, make sure you do this yourself or it will fall apart in the crockpot
1 c. whiskey.
1 can organic mandarin oranges (or 2 large oranges, sliced – I just used what I had)
1 tbsp tamari
1/4 c. Grade A maple syrup
1 c. water
1 onion, cut
2 garlic cloves, diced
What you do:
1) If you have time, quickly sear the meat on all sides. If not, just throw everything in the pot and set on low for 8 hours.
2) Take the pork butt out when cooked and let cool.
3) I use my hands for this part because it’s easier: remove the fat pieces from the meat. Some people don’t do this but I have a real texture issue with fat and I feel like it’s served its purpose in adding the flavor.
4) Toss the fluffy cooking shadow a piece. I mean, how can you resist that face?
5) At this point, you can serve the meat as is, in chunks. Or go one step further and use two forks and shred it.
For the sauce: Take the juice left from your crockpot and strain off the big pieces.
6) Pour juice into pot. Add another 1/2 c. whiskey, 2 tbsp bbq sauce (I use Pebble Creek All-Natural No Sugar Added) and 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional).
7) Boil on high till sauce is thicker and reduced to about half. Pour over pulled (or un-pulled) pork and serve.
If you want a pulled-pork sandwich, but don’t eat grain like me, no worries! Just make a quick batch of my Savory Country Biscuits and have great dinner!
8) Don’t forget a nice chilled glass on the rocks with your meal!
(Tip: If you like your pulled pork a little crispy like I do, coat it with the sauce and than pancake the heck out of it in a frying pan on medium. Let sit for 2-4 minutes before tossing and you’ll get a nice “crust”. Just check often so you don’t burn it while you’re changing the baby’s diaper. Not that I know anything about that. Ahem.)
See? A little crispy and not at all dry, even if it looks that way, promise!!