Pulled Pork

"Slow cooker food (adaptable for Instant Pot)"
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 7hrs
Serves or Makes: 6-8

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  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 3/4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 cups honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cups cider vinegar or red wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and half, layers separated
  • 1 1/3 kilogram pork shoulder (with some fat) cut into 3.4 slabs
  • water to blanch pork


  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl, mix together paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, thyme.

  • Step 2

    Into the spice mix, pour oil, vinegar, honey and stir to form a paste.

  • Step 3

    Clean the inside bowl of the slow cooker and layer the bottom with the slices of onion.

  • Step 4

    Blanch the pork shoulder to get rid of the bits and pieces: boil a medium pot of water. When boiling, plunge the pieces of pork into the water and turn down flame to simmer about 2-3 min. Remove and transfer to the slow cooker inner pot.

  • Step 5

    Place the slabs of pork shoulder on the onion slices.

  • Step 6

    Pour the honey spice mixture over the pork, letting some drip down to the onions. Do not add any water.

  • Step 7

    Turn on the slow cooker on High for 1 hour and then low for 6-8 hours, depending on how soft you like your pulled pork.

  • Step 8

    After cooking to desired softness, turn off heat and rest 1/2 hour. Shred with 2 forks. Mix with meat the gravy that has oozed from the meat.

  • Step 9

    Use with sandwiches, mashed potatoes, pasta and salad.