Traditional pulled pork is barbecued, which gives it a smoky flavor. But the slow cooker happens to be the absolute easiest way to cook pulled pork--and you can get a hint of smoke by adding chipotle chile. Serve the pulled pork with potato salad, collard greens and grits. Or make it into a sandwich and serve it on a bun with coleslaw.
To make ahead: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To finish, bring the sauce to a simmer and continue with Steps 2 and 3. The cooked pork can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Equipment: 4-quart or larger slow cooker
Notes: Raw cane sugar (such as Sugar in the Raw) is steam-cleaned, coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.
Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they'll keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.
about 1 cup
355 calories; protein 24.6g; carbohydrates 20.4g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 14g; fat 18.2g; saturated fat 6.4g; cholesterol 90.3mg; vitamin a iu 244.2IU; vitamin c 9.6mg; folate 14.1mcg; calcium 48.7mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 32.4mg; potassium 504.4mg; sodium 664mg; thiamin 0.5mg; added sugar 9g.