The slow cooker makes fall our new favorite season for barbecue. This pork shoulder simmers in a vinegar- and ketchup-laced liquid until tender and juicy. Top with pickled red onions. Pile the pork onto game-day sandwiches or baked sweet potatoes.

Adam Hickman
Recipe by Cooking Light October 2017


Credit: Whitney Ott

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30 mins
8 hrs 30 mins
Serves 10 (serving size: about 3 oz. pork)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons spice mixture. Rub remaining spice mixture evenly over pork, pressing to adhere. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add pork to pan; cook 15 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place browned pork in a 5- to 6-quart electric slow cooker.

  • Add onion and garlic to Dutch oven; sauté 3 minutes. Add stock to pan, stirring bottom to scrape up browned bits. Remove pan from heat; stir in reserved 2 tablespoons spice mixture, ketchup, and vinegar. Pour stock mixture over pork in slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low 7 1/2 to 8 hours or until tender.

  • Place pork on a cutting board; let stand 20 minutes. Skim fat from cooking liquid; reserve 1/4 cup liquid. Shred pork into large pieces, discarding bones and fat. Place pork in a bowl; add reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid and salt; toss to combine.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; fat 8g; saturated fat 2g; protein 20g; carbohydrates 10g; fiber 1g; sodium 269mg; sugars 7g; added sugar 5g.