Crockpot Pulled Pork

Hubby and I have made 3 or 4 pulled pork recipes in the last year or so. Each one was good but nothing amazing – we’ve had some that are too BBQ-saucey, tried the root beer based recipes, and a couple others. Until now. This pulled pork is going to be our recipe from here on out. It has great flavor and a little kick to it. It’s not overly BBQ-saucey either.

As an aside, Happy 250th Post to Me!

I rubbed the meat 2 days prior to cooking it and it cooked on low in the crockpot for about 10 hours. When we took it out to pull apart, it was very tender and flavorful. We were tempted to eat it then, but we stuck to the recipe and added the BBQ sauce and threw it back in for another 45 minutes or so.

Pulled Pork – from The Way The Cookie Crumbles – originally from Cooks Illustrated – serves 6

Printable RecipeSpice Rub:
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons table salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground white pepper – I used black pepper

1 (6-8 pound) bone-in pork shoulder
½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional) – I omitted
2 cups barbecue sauce

Mix all spice rub ingredients in small bowl.

Massage spice rub into meat (I recommend doing this on a jelly roll pan or large cookie sheet with sides). Wrap tightly in double layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. For stronger flavor, the roast can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. (I refrigerated ours for 2 days).

Unwrap roast and place it in slow cooker liner. Add liquid smoke, if using, and 1/4 cup water. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 8-10 hours, until meat is fork-tender.

Transfer roast to cutting board (again, I used a large cookie sheet with sides. This helped to contain the mess); discard liquid in liner. Pull by tearing meat into thin shreds with two forks or your fingers. Discard fat.

Place shredded meat back in slow cooker liner; toss with 1 cup barbecue sauce, and heat on low for 30-60 minutes, until hot. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.

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12 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Butternut Squash”

  1. #
    theblogisthenewblack — November 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I would never think to serve bn squash this way! Clever!

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    Emily — November 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    omg this looks fabulous. I love the spicy, sweet sauce! I am making this for Thanksgiving apps!

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    Lauren — November 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Ok, now THIS is the way to get my husband to eat squash!

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    Rachel Blumenthal — November 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Congrats! This post is featured in this week’s “Recipes of the Week” round-up on

  5. #
    Shannon — November 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    what a fabulous idea 🙂

  6. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Bacon makes everything better!

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    Acacia — November 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    This looks amazing! I did something with acorn squash and bacon this weekend, but this looks infinitely better! Maybe I’ll try it for Thanksgiving.

  8. #
    Eliana — November 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    What a delicious way to serve up squash! This looks amazing.

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — November 18, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Well I’ve never tried squash wrapped in bacon before….maybe I’d be singing a different tune? I’ve never met anything covered in bacon that I didn’t like..

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    Sharon — November 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Squash wrapped in bacon..Sounds yum and am sure it will be a hit at my place…

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    Jamey — November 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Yum! I had prosciutto on hand, so I used strips of that.. I did some with crushed red pepper flakes rather than jalapeño .. My family preferred without the pepper-they thought it just tasted better that way…I tried all ways and it is just a yummy, flexible recipe! Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

      Glad this recipe worked out for you and your family!

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