Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Do you like pulled pork but don’t like going through the trouble of smoking it for hours and hours?Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Perhaps you don’t have a smoker or the patience for smoking food. Well then this is the recipe for you it is easy to make fall of the bone, tender pulled pork.  So easy that you will be making it all the time and your friends will think that you are a BBQ expert.

You just need a few ingredients, a pork shoulder or boston butt, some BBQ sauce and a slow cooker.  With those things you will be on your way to making your very own pulled pork.

 

Ingredients

• 3 to 4 pound bone in pork shoulder

• 1 bottle barbeque sauce

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 1 onion

• Water

Items used to make this recipe

• Slow Cooker (Crock Pot)

• Knife

• Cutting Board

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - Ingredients

Recipe

1.  This is very simple.  First cut up your onion and garlic.  Spread out about half of your cut up onion and garlic on the bottom of the slow cooker.

 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - Crock Pot

2.  Next take your pork shoulder and place it into the slow cooker.

3.  Now it is time to put your BBQ sauce into the slow cooker, along with the rest of your onions and garlic.

4.  Finally fill up the rest of the slow cooker with water til it almost covers your pork shoulder.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - Crock Pot

5.  Place the lid onto the slow cooker and let it cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours.  You will know your pork is ready to go when it starts to become tender and has shrunk up like the picture.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - Done

Once it has finished cooking you just need to remove the pork shoulder from the slow cooker and begin pulling the pork apart.  Now you can make yourself a nice pulled pork sandwich.

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - Plated

 

Smoked Baby Back Ribs – 2-1-1 Method

How about some Smoked Baby Back Ribs!  If you like your ribs tender and sticky then this is the recipe for you.  For this recipe I used my horizontal smoker,Smoke Baby Back Ribs the Char-Griller Smokin Pro and the 2-1-1 method for smoking ribs.  You might of heard of the 3-2-1 method which is good for cooking spare ribs, they take a bit longer to cook, however for baby back ribs we only need the 2-1-1 method.  The 2-1-1 method refers to the cooking times in hours for each part of the method.  You want to keep your cooking temperature around 225 degrees through out this process.

2 – Cook ribs uncovered for 2 hours with smoke and heat.

1 – Wrap ribs in foil and return to the smoker and cook for 1 hour, with just heat.  No need for smoke after this point.  This part will steam the ribs and make them very tender.

1 – Remove the ribs from the foil and then return to the smoker to cook with just heat for 1 hour.  So the ribs can continue to cook and firm up so they are not to mushy.

 

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - 2 1 1 Method - Ingredients
Ingredients
• 3 racks of Baby Back Ribs

• 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce

• Dry Rub

Kansas City Style Rib Rub

• 1/2 cup brown sugar

• 1/4 cup paprika

• 1 tablespoon black pepper

• 1 tablespoon salt

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1 tablespoon garlic powder

• 1 tablespoon onion powder

• 1 teaspoon cayenne

Items used to make this recipe

• Large Serving Platter

• Smoker

• Knife

• Cutting Board

• Tongs

• Paper Towels

• Charcoal

• Hickory Wood Chunks

Recipe
First of all we need to prepare our ribs.  So remove them from the packaging one at a time and next we need to peel the membrane off the back of the ribs.

Peeling the membrane off the ribs is an important step that you do not want to skip.  You will need a couple of things to do this, a sharp knife and some paper towels.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Peel off the Membrane

With the tip of your knife you want to get under the membrane covering the back of the ribs and pull it up a bit.  It is sometimes easiest to try right next to one of the ribs.  I always check around the rib and see if there is already a section of the membrane that has started to pull off.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Peel off the Membrane

Once you have a piece of the membrane pulled from the bone.  Take a paper towel and grab the membrane and pull it off.  If you are lucky you can get the whole thing at once.  But that is unlikely to happen.  Keep working on it until you get all of the membrane off.

Next you will need to mix up your rib rub.  You can use the Kansas City style rib rub that I have listed above or you could purchase a rib rub from your local super market.  I always make the one above and make extra and store it in an old mayonaise jar.  That way I won’t have to do it next time.  Once you have your rub mixed together begin rubbing it into the surface of your baby back ribs.  You can apply some to both sides of the rib.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Apply Dry Rub

Now it is time to get our smoker ready to go.  You will want to start your charcoal and when it has ashed over transfer them to the side fire box of your horizontal smoker.  This is when a chimney starter comes in handy.  you can start the coals in the chimney starter and when they are ready just dump them into your side fire box.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Add Coals to Side Fire Box

Once your smoker has reached temperature which is 225 degrees.  Then place your baby back ribs onto the grill as shown.  You want to maintain the temperature at 225 degrees for the entire cooking process.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Place Ribs on the Smoker

Now it is time to add in the smoke.  Open up the side fire box and throw on some hickory chunks to start the smoke process.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Add Wood Chunks above Coals

For these baby back ribs we are doing the 2-1-1 method.  So we cook the ribs uncovered with smoke for the first 2 hours.  Then wrap the baby back ribs in aluminum foil and let them cook for 1 hour.  This method makes the ribs really tender.  After the 1 hour of cooking them in the foil remove them from the foil and let them cook on the grill for 1 more hour.  After the end of the 4th hour the ribs should be ready to go.  You can check for doneness by how much the ribs have pulled back off of the bone.  You want it to be at least a half inch or so.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Wrap Ribs in Aluminum Foil

If you like your ribs sticky then in the last 30 minutes the ribs are on the grill you can choose to sauce them with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Apply Sauce

There we go some great Smoked Tender Sticky Baby Back Ribs!  Be sure to have some extra napkins on hand, you will need them.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs - Plated

Enjoy!

For this recipe I used the Char-Griller Smokin Pro, you can check it out at Amazon.com.  I highly recommend the Char-Griller Smokin Pro.  It is a great smoker to start out with.

Baby Back Ribs – Indirect Grilling Method

Baby Back Ribs - Plated and ready to eat!Do you like eating ribs when you go out to eat, but hate paying the money for them?  Well you can make them at home just as tasty and save a few bucks as well.  Making ribs is not that difficult.  This is my 4th attempt at making ribs at home and I have got it down to a science.  Each time I make them they get more and more tender.  This time they were better than any restaurant ribs I have ever had.

For this recipe, I cooked on a gas grill using the indirect grilling technique, but you could also use a charcoal grill or if you would like to step up to the next level check out my article on Smoked Baby Back Ribs using the 2-1-1 method.

Any one that has a grill can make ribs!  You just need a little bit of time and patience!

Ingredients

• 4 pounds pork baby back ribs or 2 racks

• 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Kansas City Style Rib Rub

• 1/2 cup brown sugar

• 1/4 cup paprika

• 1 tablespoon black pepper

• 1 tablespoon salt

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1 tablespoon garlic powder

• 1 tablespoon onion powder

• 1 teaspoon cayenne

Baby Back Ribs - Ingredients

Items used to make this recipe

• Serving Platter

• Gas Grill

• Tongs

• Knife

• Paper towels

Recipe

1. Remove the ribs from the packaging.  Wash each rack of ribs off and then you will need to peel off the membrane from the bone side or the back of the ribs.  This can be done by using a knife to get under the membrane and then take a paper towel to get a good grip on the membrane and then peel it off.

2. Cut your racks of ribs in half.  Leave about 6 to 8 ribs for each one.

3. Next, combine all of the ingredients for your rub and mix them together well.  You will probably have extra so use an air tight bottle to save the rub mix for the next time you make ribs.

4. Now, take the rub mix and sprinkle it over the ribs and rub it in with your fingers.  That’s it your ribs are prepared.  Not to bad so far.  Now let your ribs sit out and get to room temperature which should take about 20 to 30 minutes.

Baby Back Ribs - Spice Rub Applied

5. While your ribs are sitting, preheat the grill and set it up for indirect grilling.  You want your grill to be at medium low heat or 250 degrees.  With a gas grill this is very simple.  Just turn on one side of the grill.  For a charcoal grill move all of your charcoal to one side of the grill so you have the other side not over direct heat.

6. Now you are ready to put your ribs on the grill.  Just put them onto the side of the grill that is not turned on.  Like shown in the picture.  Be sure to rotate your ribs every so often.

Baby Back Ribs - On the grill with indirect heat

7. The ribs will take about 2 to 3 hours to get done.  You will know they are done when the meat pulls back from the bone about a half inch or so.  This is demonstrated in the picture to the right.  You can see that the rack in the middle has started to pull back quite a bit so those are definitely ready to go.

8. During the last 15 minutes of cooking is when you’re able to baste the ribs with your barbecue sauce of choice.

Baby Back Ribs - Apply the sauce

9. After the 15 minutes, pull them off the grill and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes to cool down.

Now your fingers better be ready to get sticky! Enjoy your homemade ribs.

These ribs were awesome this time.  I can’t wait to make them again in my new smoker!

Baby Back Ribs - Plated and ready to eat!

How about some Smoked Baby Back Ribs!