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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe + Freezer Meal Instructions

I love using my crock pot (slow cooker) and during this time of the year I found myself using it even more. When it's cold and dreary outside, we like to come home to a hot meal that is already prepared. I always have a pork roast in my freezer and every few weeks I put that pork roast into my slow cooker and slowly cook it all day long so we can make homemade pulled pork sandwiches. It's one of the easiest recipes you could ever make in your slow cooker.

You can use whatever your favorite barbecue sauce is...here in our home our favorite is Sweet Baby Ray's so that is what we use when we make this recipe. Below the recipe you will find instructions on how to freeze your pulled pork for future meals. This is great if you are into once a week or once a month cooking and freezer meals like we are. See below for the freezing instructions.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

2 to 3 lb. Pork Roast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 bottle sweet barbecue sauce (your favorite brand)

Mix together the salt, ground black pepper, basil and oregano in a small bowl. Use this dry rub to season your raw pork roast. We rub it onto all sides of the roast. Place roast into the crock pot (slow cooker) and add enough water to cover the roast. Turn the heat setting on high and cook for one to two hours on the high setting. Reduce heat to the low setting and slow cook for 4 hours on low. Use a ladle and spoon out 3/4 of the water that is left. Use a fork and a knife to shred up the pork, this should be easy to do now that it's fully cooked. Pour 1/2 to 1 full bottle of barbecue sauce into the slow cooker with the shredded up cooked pork. Cover and simmer on the low setting for 1 to 2 hours or until done. Spoon pulled barbecue pork onto sandwich buns and serve immediately.

Future Freezer Meals: Cooked pulled pork freezes really well for future meals. I like to freeze mine in 2 cup portions in freezer safe containers. Fill the container to within 3/4" of an inch from the top. Place lid on top, label and freeze. It will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. When ready to use...remove container from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight or for 4-6 hours. Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave oven. A 2 cup portion makes 3 to 4 sandwiches, depending on how full you like them. Freeze cooked pork in larger portions for bigger families. Do not freeze it already combined as a sandwich as the bread will be soggy once thawed.

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