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Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork (in Slow Cooker)

(recipe, Katie Hickey)


  1. One 5- to 6-pound boneless Boston butt pork roast or same weight of boneless country-style pork ribs
  2. ¼ cup Cheater Basic Dry Rub (recipe follows)
  3. ½ cup bottled smoke
  4. Barbecue sauce of your choice
  5. For the rub:
  6. Makes about ⅔ cup
  7. ¼ cup paprika
  8. 2 Tbsp. kosher salt
  9. 2 Tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  10. 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  11. 1 Tbsp. dry mustard


  1. To make the pork:
  2. 1. Cut the pork butt into medium (2- to 3-inch) chunks (the ribs don't need to be cut up).
  3. 2. Put the pieces in a large slow cooker (at least 5 quarts). Sprinkle the meat with the rub, turning the pieces to coat evenly. Add the bottled smoke.
  4. 3. Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours or on low for 10 to 12 hours, until the meat is pull-apart tender and reaches an internal temperature of 190 F.
  5. 4. Using tongs and a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a rimmed platter or baking sheet. Let rest until cool enough to handle. Pull the meat into strands. It should shred very easily. Serve the barbecue piled on buns with your favorite barbecue sauce.
  6. 5. To serve the barbecue later, cover and refrigerate the meat when it has cooled. Pour the meat juice into a separate container and refrigerate. Before reheating the juice, skim and discard the congealed fat layer on the top.
  7. 6. To reheat the barbecue, place it in a saucepan moistened with some of the reserved juice. Gently heat the meat on medium-low, stirring occasionally. Or, place it in a covered casserole with some of the reserved juice and heat in a 350 F oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. 7. While the meat warms, combine the barbecue sauce and some of the additional reserved meat juice in a saucepan. Heat through and serve with the barbecue.