A while back I bought a pork roast. I think it was a butt, but it could have been a shoulder, which could be the same thing, I don’t know, I find the whole butt/shoulder thing confusing. So anyway, I bought it with the purpose of slow smoking it and using it for pulled pork. But it has languished in my freezer because I am too lazy to smoke it. And to understand how lazy I am, you have to understand that I have an electric smoker. I have to plug it in. Yep, I’m too lazy to plug it in. But really, even with just a plug, there is some work. I have to drag the smoker out onto a corner of the porch, I have to soak some chips, and fill up a little bowl with water, and plug it in. But then I have to watch it and see if I need more chips, and then there is all that clean up at the end. What I wanted was some lovely tender pork to use in some tacos, and maybe an enchilada or a quesadilla, without much work.
I offer you people some of the best pork ever! It totally fits my requirement of little effort, but big results. You end up with wonderfully flavored pork to use in whichever way you choose. I served it first with tacos and then the next day in a quesadilla, and I put a bag of it cooked and shredded back in my freezer for later. What I like about this is that the pork is just plain good! It’s full of porky goodness, but not overspiced so you can really use it however you want. I have only one recommendation, after you put this in the slow cooker, leave. Leave your house. Do not hang around all day like I did. At about the four hour mark it starts smelling really good, at six hours it’s unbelievable and at about the 8 hour mark you are ready to gnaw off your own arm.
Slow Cooked Pork Butt (or shoulder)(whatever)
4 lb (or so) pork butt
1 bottle of beer
3 cloves of garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1/2 – 1 cup of cilantro
kohser salt and fresh ground black pepper
Place pork in slow cooker. Add garlic (I didn’t mince it, just sort of smushed it with the back of my knife), jalapeno pepper, cilantro (I just left it whole, didn’t even chop it), and pour a beer over it all. Generously salt and pepper the pork. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 8-10 hours.
After cooking, remove meat from slow cooker, cook and shred. Use in your favorite recipe calling for cooked pork. You can strain and defat the sauce left in the slow cooker – it’s just as amazing as the pork!