Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing end to 2014. We enjoyed a fabulous staycation here with my sister who came to visit us from Seattle, and we’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of normal life. This last week I spent a good chunk of time making some changes to my website that I hope will make for easier navigation, and a more streamlined experience. It’s still a work in progress, so if you have any requests or comments, I would love to hear from you. As always, I have been experimenting with creating recipes in the kitchen, and here is one of my new favorites: The Easiest Pulled Pork Ever.
This has got to be one of the easiest and most delicious meat dishes that I’ve ever made. It takes just 5 minutes of prep time, and then it cooks all night while you are sleeping. I started this slow cooker pulled pork for the first time one evening last week, and the house smelled amazing when I woke up the next morning. The meat was so tender and juicy that it completely fell apart when I barely nudged it with my fork. Yum! Felix and I were so into it that we shared a big bowl of pulled pork for breakfast alongside some steamed broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes. Unconventional, I know, but it was delicious! This succulent meat would also be the perfect filling for tacos or burritos, or served alongside some rice and sauteed greens. I bet it would also be great under some melted cheese on a yummy sandwich with pickled veggies, or for a lighter meal, on top of a mixed salad with chopped apples and a gingery apple cider vinaigrette. Whichever way you decide to enjoy your slow cooker pulled pork, I hope you make some soon, and please let me know how it turns out!
One 2 1/2 -3 pound boneless pork shoulder
1 cup sliced yellow or white onion
5 cloves fresh garlic, roughly chopped
2 inch chunk of fresh ginger, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
4 whole cardamom pods (omit for Autoimmune Protocol)
1/4 cup water
1-2 tsp red Hawaiian salt, pink Himalayan salt, or any sea salt. The amount will depend on the size of your pork shoulder as well as your preference. I used 2 tsp coarse red Hawaiian salt for a 3 pound piece of meat and it was perfect.
15 turns of the pepper mill (omit for AIP)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Variation: If you are able to tolerate tomatoes, a tasty alternative to this simple recipe is to add a tablespoon of tomato paste and 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Mix well, and turn the pork shoulder a few times to coat before cooking.
Place the onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, apple cider vinegar, and water in the bottom of your slow cooker pot and give it all a stir. Lay the pork shoulder on top of the onion and spices, then sprinkle with the sea salt and freshly ground pepper and turn the pork shoulder a few times to coat. Cover, and let it cook on low for 8-10 hours. Use a fork to gently pull the meat apart, and remove the whole spices before serving.