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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 7 hrs
Yield

Serves 12 (serving size: about 3 ounces meat and about 2 tablespoons sauce)

Smoked paprika comes from a centuries-old tradition in which chile peppers are slowly dried over low-burning fires of Spanish oak and then ground into powder. In the slow cooker, this earthy, aromatic spice adds outdoor smoked barbecue flavor.    

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup peach preserves
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Nutrition Information

  • calories 206
  • fat 5.9 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 20 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 54 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 369 mg
  • calcium 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper; rub evenly over pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place pork in a 6-quart electric slow cooker.

  2. Add stock and next 4 ingredients (through crushed red pepper) to skillet; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add preserves, stirring with a whisk. Pour mixture over pork; top with onion and garlic. Cover and cook on LOW 6 1/2 hours or until pork is very tender. Remove pork from pan, reserving liquid; cool slightly. Shred with 2 forks. Remove onion with a slotted spoon; add to pork.

  3. Place a large zip-top plastic bag inside a 4-cup glass measuring cup. Pour cooking liquid into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into skillet, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Stir bourbon into drippings; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until mixture is reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. Combine 2 tablespoons cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; add cornstarch mixture to sauce, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Drizzle sauce over pork; toss gently to coat.