By Ryan Hughes
It’s what every barbecue lover wants; a recipe you can easily make at home that will make you think you’re at a barbecue joint. Well, here it is!
It’s that time of year when we want to bask in the sun (and shade). Dip our feet in the pool, relax with a cold drink and do not too much work for dinner. Whether you’re planning a party, making dinner with leftovers or want to impress your foodie friends, this is a great recipe. What I like so much about this recipe is that it’s done in a slow cooker (equipment many of us have), can be made in one’s apartment, doesn’t heat up the house while cooking but has a wonderful aroma that just makes you ready to eat!
This is a dry rub recipe and it’s adaptable. If you’d like it with more or less heat just adjust it. But it’s delicious as it is. We use pork when we make it but it would work equally well with beef.
Enjoy and send us pics of your BBQ!
Summertime Slow Cooked Shredded BBQ
By Ryan Hughes
For the BBQ
3 lb pork shoulder or 3 lb beef roast
2 onions, quartered
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon liquid smoke flavor
2 cups water (approximate)
1 jar of your favorite barbecue sauce
1. Prepare the dry rub: combine kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and cayenne pepper. Coat the entire meat with this rub. You can’t over coat your meat at this point so if you need more just make more rub. Set the meat aside.
2. Place the quartered onions and crushed garlic into the slow cooker. Add the meat. Slowly pour in the water until the meat is about 2/3 covered, avoid pouring it over the meat so you don’t remove the rub. Add the liquid smoke.
3. Cook on low for 9-10 hours.
4. Remove the meat from the crock. It’s going to be falling apart delicious. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out any meat that may have fallen off. If you’ve used a piece of meat with the bone in, remove the bone, it should just slip right out. Pull apart (or shred) the meat with forks. This will also be very easy and the meat will be ridiculously tender.
5. If you’d like you can add the barbecue sauce to the meat now or just let each person add their own sauce to their portion as desired. Place the shredded meat on hamburger buns. Serve with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.
Note: If you’re serving to a crowd clean the crock, discarding the liquid and onions, and return the meat to the crock set to keep warm. It’s best to add some barbecue sauce if you’re serving it this way to help keep the meat from drying out.