Pulled Pork for the Win!

Pulled pork is perfect for game day:  you can make it ahead and then relax – and eat – on the couch with the rest of the gang.  Combine it with the Nealy’s BBQ sauce (my favorite) and you’ve got a winner on your side!

Pulled pork ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder
  • 3 T. seasoning (pick your favorite!)  or combine…
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. celery seed powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • ¾ – 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Hot dog or hamburger buns
  • BBQ sauce (about 2 cups)


Mix the celery seed powder, oregano, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Rub all over the pork shoulder.

Pour the apple cider vinegar into the crock pot.  Add enough water to cover the bottom; about ½ – 1 inch deep.  Place the pork shoulder in the crock pot and turn on low.  Cook for 7-8 hours.

The pork is ready when it’s shreds easily.  Pull it from the slow cooker and drain the fat.  Shred with a fork and mix in the bbq sauce.  Spread the meat over a pan and broil for 5 minutes.  Turn the meat over and broil for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the meat to the buns and spoon additional sauce over the top.


pulled pork
Simple and sublime!

The inspiration

I learned how to make easy pulled pork from the butcher (Sal) at my favorite store, Bianchini in San Carlos CA. Super easy and affordable. This is a recipe you really can’t go wrong with!

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I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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