Carolina is known for its vinegar-forward barbecue. And you would be very surprised how authentic of a flavor you can get out a simple slow cooker.
This is a true, Carolina-style barbecue recipe. Don't expect a thick or saucy pulled pork. But that doesn't mean it lacks flavor.
Oh, and there's a lot of vinegar in the cooking process. Vinegar has a strong smell. If you are used to this style of barbecue you will think it smells delicious when you walk in part way through the cooking process. If you're not, you'll think it smells a lot like vinegar. Either way, it's worth it.
Carolina-Style Pulled Pork
- 4-5 lb bone-in pork shoulder
- 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbs hot sauce
- 2 tsp cayenne
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper
- Liquid smoke
- Place pork shoulder in slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Pour vinegar around pork.
- Cover and cook on low for 12 hours or on high for 6 hours.
- Strain liquid and save. If there is more than 2 cups, discard the rest. Pull apart pork and return to slow cooker.
- Stir brown sugar, hot sauce, cayenne, red pepper flakes and a few drops of liquid smoke into reserved liquid.
- Pour over pulled pork. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
- Place on bun and top with coleslaw.
Thanks to All Recipes user coolmonkshoes for the great recipe!
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