I LOVE pulled pork no matter how it’s prepared! It is almost impossible to mess it up and it is versatile as all get out. Pork butt is the best cut for any pulled pork recipe (whether BBQ, Mexican style pulled pork — doesn’t matter what direction you go with it) and it is tender, sweet, juicy, and affordable. Once cooked to tender perfection, you can take in any of 100 different directions. I usually buy a pork butt that is far bigger than what we need for one meal and cook it up in advance with minimal seasonings (pretty much plain), separate out the fat, and freeze it in baggies that are the right size for one meal. And since it is pretty much unseasoned, I can do anything I want with it after that. I always have some pre-cooked, frozen pork butt in my freezer. When it is time to cook, I thaw a bag of shredded pork, throw it back in the crock pot, and add whatever seasonings sounds good for any given recipe. Reheat until the flavors are well incorporated and serve.
Sorry, I have not photographed this recipe yet, but I will add a photo of the bagged pork going into my Mexican Style Pulled Pork — WHICH you really should try!
- 1 very LARGE pork butt
- 1 large or 2 small chopped onions (about 3/4 cup)
- Salt & pepper
- Water to almost cover
- Add the big ol' pork butt, onion, salt & pepper and water to almost cover into the crock pot.
- Cook it low and slow for 8-10 hours until tender. You want it to fall apart when you poke it with a fork. If it doesn't, then it is not done yet.
- Turn off the heat, remove the crock from the appliance, and let it cool for an hour or so.
- Stick the whole thing (crock and all) in the fridge to chill overnight.
- The next morning, take the crock pot out, get a great big platter or large flat dish or pan, and transfer the butt over. (Now that it is chilled, it should all come out at once, but if not, that is okay too.)
- Get a fork and a knife (or use your hands) and "go at it." Remove fat, gristle, skin, and anything else you find undesirable. Do this while keeping the meat in the largest possible chunks.
- Transfer the meat chunks to freezer quality containers or heavy duty freezer bags in portions right for a family meal at your house. Toss them in the freezer.
- Hopefully, if your butt was big enough or your family is small enough, you will have enough for 6-8 different meals. And because you used minimal seasonings with the initial cook off, it will not matter what KIND of pulled pork you want to make that day.
And here it is, straight from the freezer to the crock pot, precooked and ready for your custom recipe!