Breaking news: I have never whipped up pulled pork before 2019. Quite honestly, I feel as if I've missed out on endless meal possibilities. Pork is commonly known as "the other white meat" because it is essentially a blank canvas for flavor profiles, much like chicken. Barrett and I love grilled or fried (when we're feeling decadent) pork chops, either topped with raspberry chipotle sauce or classic gravy. Boy, talk about a traditional Sunday dinner.
But today, I'm talking all about my pulled pork. I've dabbled in a few recipes but this pulled pork is my favorite. The citrus flavors combined with a blend of warm spices creates a southwestern flair on a versatile piece of meat. I'll talk about what you can do with your pulled pork towards the end of this post - first, let me tell you about the price breakdown.
The cut of pork I am using is a boneless ribeye roast, and weighs just under 3 pounds. I paid $5.00 - an automatic score already. Add in your orange, your lime, some chicken stock and spices you probably already have on hand... You're paying maybe $9.00 for pulled pork that will provide 8 servings depending on your intended use. Budget friendly? I think YES!
Here's what you'll need:
2-3lbs boneless pork ribeye roast
1 fresh orange (for juice)
2 limes (for juice)
4 cloves minced garlic
Salt and pepper
1) Place your meat into the bottom of your slow cooker. Yes, the slow cooker is making yet another appearance. I'm telling you... you need one of these!
2) Get your spices ready!
3) I didn't measure my spices - oops - but I sprinkled enough on each side of the pork to evenly create a rub. Eyeball your spices; whatever you feel is enough is probably enough.
4) Toss in your chopped garlic.
5) Next, pour the juice of one orange, two limes, and 1/2 to 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock into the crockpot.
6) Set your crockpot to low and cook for 8-10 hours.
7) Oh my flavor lanta! Don't be alarmed that the pork has reduced in size. You're going to shred the entire roast which will look like...
8) This! I shredded my pork using two forks directly in the base of the crockpot. Allow the pork to sit and soak up those beautiful juices while you prepare your other ingredients.
The options are infinite...
The beauty of pulled pork lies in its ability to be used for virtually whatever you're craving. The first evening, I prepared pulled pork tacos with Spanish rice. The second evening, I stuffed some pork into a sweet potato with cheese and guacamole - HEAVEN. You can use the meat for nachos, salads, enchiladas, soft tacos, crunchy tacos, a burrito, alongside grilled veggies... To quote Lindsay Lohan from Mean Girls... "the limit does not exist."
Just look at this gloriousness!