When I’m at the grocery store, I usually have the three criteria running through my head:
- Can baby jack chew it?
- Does it cost less than a million dollars?
- Can I make it with less than 15 minutes of effort?
Last week I was staring at the butcher blankly. I saw pork shoulder. They were cheap. I figured I could cook a pork shoulder low and slow and it would taste good and be tender enough for Jack. I planned on buying a jar of barbecue sauce, but I forgot (I think this was the day Grace demanded she wear a bike helmet to the grocery store then proceeded to head butt Jack Jack with her princess helmet as we were cruising up and down the aisles.)
I got home and said a bad word when I realized I forgot the one thing (barbecue sauce) that was supposed to make my dinner taste good. Then a quick Google search, and I realized I can make my own barbecue sauce with stuff I already had in my kitchen. Ketchup + Brown Sugar + Worcestershire Sauce = Barbecue Sauce. I added in some garlic and some apple cider vinegar, but I think it would have tasted just fine without it.
I literally put the entire pork shoulder in a big (oven safe) pot. I glugged a lot of ketchup and a little bit of brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. A sprinkle of apple cider vinegar and some whole garlic cloves. Then I put the entire thing in the oven for 6-ish hours at 275 degrees. I pulled it out and shredded it with two forks. Prep took about 3 minutes. Shredding took another 3 minutes. Dinner = done.
I served on thick sliced bread (recipe coming soon!) with a simple salad: tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, mint.
Barbecue Pulled Pork
- 3 - 4 pound pork shoulder
- 2 cups ketchep
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 6 cloves garlic
- Pick a large, oven-safe pot. This can be stainless steel or copper or cast iron or . . . anything that doesn’t have nonstick coating or have plastic handles. You also want it to have a lid to keep all the goodness inside.
- Place all ingredients in the pot. :) No certain order other than the pork should be on the bottom of the pot.
- Place pot in the oven at 275 for 6-ish hours.