Pulled pork is a great Super Bowl party food because it can easily be made ahead in the slow-cooker. This means you can assemble it in the morning and ignore it until you are ready to shred and serve it up! It is such a time saver not to have to be cooking meat when all of your guests are arriving. Best of all, pulled pork can be served any number of ways. My two favorite ways are to serve it on warmed brioche buns with caramelized onions, or in tortillas with great toppings as pulled pork tacos. However you want to serve it, have fun. With this dish you can make your main course way ahead of time and spend the party watching the game and mingling with friends!
Pulled-Pork in the Slow-Cooker
Makes 6 to 8 servings
2 pounds boneless pork roast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes, with juices
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
2. In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven heat the oil over medium heat until just smoking. Add the pork roast to the pot and sear all sides of the pork, including the ends. This will take about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to the slow-cooker.
3. In a mixing bowl whisk together the onion, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, cayenne, red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper until everything is completely combined. Carefully pour this mixture over the pork, allowing it to coat the pork completely.
4. Place the lid on the slow-cooker and cook it on low heat for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the pork is tender enough to be speared through with a knife.
5. Turn off the heat and allow the pork to cool for ten minutes. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and use a fork to shred it. Once it is completely shredded serve it with the sauce remaining in the pot.
For a full list of super bowl recipes and ideas check out this great slideshow!