Sunday, March 1, 2015

Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork

Fun fact: moving, in the middle of the week, when you have few friends in a city thousands of miles from "home" and even fewer who have a day off in the middle of the week... sucks. Had we not been simply moving from one apartment to another in the same complex, we would have definitely hired movers. Big shout out to Amanda and Louis, who were able to help for part of the day.

Old place = Glorified closet.
This is literally the entire span of the place, minus the bathroom.

We were moving from 9am until 3am, then again at 7am until 11am the next day. Third floor to third floor. My legs still hurt.

New place: from living room looking into kitchen.
Sun room and bedroom are to the left.

I did, however, learn that I rock criagslist like a champ. Gorgeous new-to-us sleigh bed, Ikea sofa, and dressers for a fraction of the actual cost. SCORE.

Finn in the old apartment, hiding.

The new place is awesome. Bigger, brighter, and while the appliances don't look like they've been updated since the 70s they actually work way better than the pretty stainless steel ones we had in the last place. Score, again.

Lily, in the new apartment, in her new bed.

So now it's time to relax. And enjoy our extra 200 square feet of space. And beautiful sun room.
Thankfully, the good ol' slow cooker is there for me, because I still reeeeally don't feel like cooking.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork
(Adapted from Just a Taste)
  • 1 2.5 lb pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 jar blackberry jam or preserves
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp water

For the Slaw

  • 2 cups broccoli slaw mix
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard

-Salt and pepper all sides of the pork shoulder. Spread the onion pieces on the bottom of a large slow cooker, and place pork shoulder on top.

-Whisk together remaining ingredients (except the corn starch slurry) and pour over pork shoulder.

-Set slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours, or until pork is easily shredded with a fork.

-While pork is cooking, combine slaw ingredients. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

-Remove pork from slow cooker and shred meat with a fork, set aside. Pour liquid out of slow cooker and set in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and add cornstarch and water mixture. Cook until sauce has thickened.

-Toss sauce with pork, serve hot with slaw on hamburger buns.


  1. This looks so good! Slow cookers are definitely handy in situations like this. Glad the move is over and you can relax!

  2. Ashley,
    That's the little known fact of military life--although we move every few years, the military provides movers for us to pack and haul our stuff. On the one hand, it's kinda creepy to think of someone you don't know stuffing your stuff into boxes. On the other hand, I can't even begin to think of the logistics of getting myself and my stuff over to Hawaii, Japan, or Germany! At least you got a great work out--all the more reason to enjoy those sandwiches.
    This looks awesome.

  3. Mmmm this sounds really good. I love the ingredients you are using in here, for the sweet and savory.

  4. My husband would love this, and ok me too! Love pulled pork!

  5. This looks great. Good luck with the move.

  6. Dear Ashley, at the end of a long day, I think this would be a perfect fix for anyone. Your pulled pork sandwich sounds delicious and looks fantastic. xo, Catherine

  7. Moving sucks. Slow cooker meals are totally the way to go. Sounds like this is just what you needed to end the day!

  8. I hate actually moving boxes and walking up flights of stairs and stuff but I looooove moving for the new space and purging all the crap I've collected over the years. The pulled pork looks awesome! Love the blackberry jam!

  9. ugh, moving! Some day soon I hope to land in a place I can spend the rest of my life. Thank goodness for the slow cooker on days you are exhausted!

  10. I can imagine how stressful it is to move houses but do get enough rest afterwards.
    Beautiful place indeed, do enjoy...

  11. Congratulations on the bigger and brighter apartment. Moving stinks no matter what day of the week or how far, but yeah for the slow cooker. We have pulled pork sandwiches at least every other's a total staple for my gang. YUM!