Antilope's favorite Crock Pot Pulled Pork, Rub, Sauce & Coleslaw

Antilope’s favorite Crock Pot Pulled Pork, Rub, Sauce & Coleslaw

In the winter it’s difficult to BBQ outside, but you can still have a delicious substitute indoors. Just slowcook a pork butt (also called pork shoulder) in your crockpot and make pulled pork. Here’s how:

4-lb bone in pork butt (also called pork shoulder)
2 Tbs yellow mustard
2 Tbs of your favorite BBQ Rub (see recipe below)

Coat a 4-lb pork shoulder with yellow mustard and then coat with your favorite dry BBQ rub. Don’t add any liquid to the crockpot. The pork butt will create several cups of its own broth.
Use a meat thermometer cook the pork until it reaches 195-degrees F center internal temperature. This ensures that the pork will be tender. Another way of telling if the pork butt is done is when the bone comes out easily when gently pulled with tongs. I usually cook a 4-lb pork butt about 4 to 6 hours, covered, on high in the crockpot.

I then use our Kitchenaid mixer to pull the pork. Just place the pork, cut into 2 or 3 inch sized chunks, in the mixer and run at medium speed using the mixing paddle. After about 30-seconds you will have perfectly pulled pork. Add some of the pork broth from the crockpot to add flavor and a little moisture to the pulled pork as it’s mixing.

Serve on buns with your favorite BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

Here’s my homemade BBQ rub. It’s my adaptation of Ray Lampe’s Big Time BBQ Rub.

Antilope’s Favorite Homemade BBQ Rub

1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (substitute more brown sugar if you can’t find turbinado)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper (reduce amount to 1/2 tsp for a milder rub)
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (reduce amount to 1/4 tsp for a milder rub)
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine ingredients in bowl, mix well. Rub a tablespoon or two on pork, chicken or beef before cooking.

Makes about 2-cups. Store unused rub in an airtight container.

Here’s my favorite homemade Hickory flavor BBQ sauce:

Antilope’s Favorite Homemade Hickory Flavor BBQ Sauce

1 Cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon prepared Yellow Mustard
1/3-cup Worcestershire Sauce
3 Tablespoons Distilled White Vinegar
4 teaspoons Hickory Flavor Liquid Smoke
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Granulated White Sugar
1 teaspoon Table Salt
1/4 teaspoon Louisiana style Red Pepper Hot Sauce
4 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Yellow Onion, finely minced

Combine all ingredients in a 2-qt sauce pan. Mix well.
Simmer over very low heat for 15-minutes, stirring occasionally. Store unused sauce in fridge.

You can add coleslaw to the sandwich or serve it on the side. Try both to see which you prefer.

Antilope’s Favorite Homemade Coleslaw

8-cups (16-oz) cabbage, shredded (you can use a pre-shredded bag of coleslaw mix)
1/4-cup carrots, shredded
3-Tbs yellow onion, minced
1/3-cup milk
1/3-cup yogurt
3/4-cup mayonnaise
1/4-cup lemon juice
2-tsp cream style horseradish
2-Tbs white vinegar
1/2-cup granulated sugar
1/2-tsp salt
1/4-tsp ground black pepper

Place shredded cabbage and shredded carrots in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and stir into cabbage and carrots.

Place in fridge and chill at least 2-hours before serving.

I will try this pulled pork recipe this winter. Your rubs look great. I will try them both. Just a little hint. Use a crock pot liner in your crock pot. These can be found by the turkey bags in most grocery stores. Sure saves time in cleanup.