If you like pulled pork and haven't had it from a crockpot you are missing out on some serious porky righteousness and if you don’t know what a pork butt is then you're really missing out. Pork butt can be used in a number of dishes ranging from pulled pork sandwiches, curried pork, stews, pulled pork lasagna, and much more. I'm going to be talking about some basic techniques in cooking pork butt in the crock pot along with some simple recipes that are great starting points in exploring crockpot pork butt potentials.
Pork butt, isn't really a part of the pigs butt it's a cut from the shoulder. It's a fatty part, which makes for juicy, tender, and flavorful roasts. It's also an economical cut in part because it requires time at least 4-5 hours to cook. You can buy it bone-in or boneless, I recommend that you get it with some bone in it because it will add to the flavor when cooking.
There are really four key elements to cooking pork butt in the crockpot: meat, spices, liquid, and time.
Put That Butt on the Counter
You want to trim any excess fat from the butt and give it a good wash. Cut about 8 slits into different parts of the butt and put a garlic clove in each. You can also put some fresh herbs in there with the garlic like oregano or rosemary. Once those cloves cook they are VERY VERY delicious.
Spice up your Butt
In a separate bowl pour equal parts (about 1tbs spoon) of each and mix well.
- White Pepper or Black Pepper
- And ½ tbs of Salt
Then take the rub and liberally coat every crevice of that butt, you want to make sure you get up in all of the cracks ;) Let it marinate for at least an hour, or do it over night if you can.
So what liquids should we use? Well at the very least use your favorite broth, but if you want to try some thing different and give the pork a subtle flavor from the liquid to complement the dish you’ll be eating it with try.
- Apple juice or apple cider
- Pineapple Juice
- Orange and Lemon Juice (use a 2 to 1 ratio)
- Your favorite bbq sauce and water (use a 2 to 1 ratio)
- Pasta sauce
After the pork butt has been handled by Father Time, that butt will be so tender you will not be able to take it out of the pot with out it falling apart. Pull the pork apart and put in a separate bowl, once you got all the pork out pour about half the liquid from the crockpot into the bowl and mix the shredded pork up.
Give her the ol’ taste test and you’re good to go.
Pork Butt in What?
There are many dishes you can put pork butt in and thousands of recipes you can find online. Some of my favorite applications are
- Mayo and mustard
- 2 types of deli ham (smoked and French is my preference)
- Swiss cheese
- And some pulled pork in the middle
- 2.5 cups of broth
- 2 nice spoonfuls of pulled pork
- Some veggies and or kim che
- Fresh noodles
- Cilantro and a squirt of lime juice
Tacos, Quintilla, and Burritos (its just like carnitas) fry in a pan or put under broiler to make it crispy
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Now that the Pork Feast is Over?
Left over pork butt keeps well in the freezer. Put some in zip lock bags and save them for an occasion you want some pork and use it in any dish your stomach desires. Once frozen you can thaw in the microwave, which I don't condone or leave it out on the counter or fridge.
For tips on using a crockpot check out my post "Crockpot Tales: Tips On How to get your Crock On"
By: Zuberi Fields