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Recipe courtesy of Adrian Davila

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 30 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

One 3- to 4-pound bone-in pork shoulder 

2 teaspoons salt 

1 teaspoon black pepper 

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

2 tablespoons yellow mustard 

1/2 cup light brown sugar 

One 12-ounce can spiced soda, such as Dr. Pepper 

1 teaspoon mesquite liquid smoke 

12 sandwich buns 


Special equipment:
a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker
  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Rub the oil completely over the pork and season with the salt, pepper and cayenne. Brown the pork shoulder in the skillet on all sides; this will take about 10 minutes. Remove from the skillet and allow to cool slightly before rubbing with the mustard, then coating with the brown sugar.
  3. Place the pork in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, then add the soda and liquid smoke. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. When it is done, the pork will feel extremely tender when prodded.
  4. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, then shred the meat using 2 forks and pull off the bone. Mix the meat with any remaining cooking liquid from the slow cooker. Serve with sandwich buns and toppings of your choice.
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