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A week after I visited Saint Louis, I had a big craving for BBQ pulled pork! I never grew up eating a lot of pork. We had the occasional pork chops and ribs here and there to change-up the meat at our family dinners, but living in the midwest for 4 years, it was hard to avoid the BBQ pork (tender ribs and pulled pork) at Pappy’s and Bogart’s Smokehouse.
So I decided to make pulled pork in my crockpot!
As always, I try to give me crockpot meals a little bit of my own touch. I wanted to make sure my first go around making pulled pork was just PEACHY……therefore, I decided to add a chopped peach to my pulled pork for a little sweetness to contrast my spicy BBQ!
How do you get that smoky BBQ flavor in foods when you aren’t actually smoking your meat?
Liquid smoke is the secret ingredient to create a smoky BBQ flavor in foods, which you can find right near the BBQ sauces in the grocery store. I was super excited to finally use liquid smoke for the first time, not only in my pulled pork, but in my brussels sprout recipe as well! Liquid smoke might be the best condiment ever! Thank you Katie for introducing liquid smoke to me
Liquid Smokin’ Crockpot Pulled Pork
Yield: 12-16 servings (4 oz of pulled pork per serving)
- 3 lb pork loin roast (leanest part of the pig)
- 1 white onion, sliced
- 1 peach, chopped
- Homemade BBQ sauce (no added sugar)
- 1 can of low-sodium Campbell’s condensed tomato soup (inspired by Peggie Hutchinson’s pulled pork recipe)
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons of liquid smoke (hickory flavor)
- 1 Tablespoon of chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon of cayenne powder
- 1 Tablespoon of cumin
- 1 Tablespoon of ground mustard powder
- 1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 small can of tomato paste
- Add half the onion slices to the bottom of the crockpot. Place the port loin on top with the other half of the onion slices and chopped peach.
- In a blender, add all the BBQ sauce ingredients and blend on high for 30-60 seconds.
- Pour BBQ sauce over pork loin and stir the BBQ sauce amongst the pork loin/onion/peach.
- Cook pork loin for 8 hours on LOW (4 hours on HIGH).
- Remove the pork loin on to a cutting board and pull the pork into shredded pieces.
- Place the pulled pork back into the crockpot and stir in the tomato paste.
- Cook the pulled pork for 30 minutes on HIGH and leave on low until it is ready to be served.
Turkey Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Yield: 4-6 servings (about 1/2 cup of cooked brussels sprouts)
- 2-3 cups of brussels sprouts (about 12 medium brussels sprouts), whole or cut in half
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon of dried rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon of dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp of cracked black pepper
- 3 slices of lean turkey bacon, minced
- 2 tsp of liquid smoke
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Prep a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, mix the brussels sprouts, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and black pepper well. Pour the brussels sprouts on the baking sheet.
- Roast brussels sprouts for 30-40 minutes until soft and lightly brown.
- In a skillet on the stove, place roast brussels sprouts, turkey bacon, and liquid smoke and cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat until turkey bacon cooked (just cooked or until crispy).
My parents had the opportunity to come over to my apartment for dinner and taste my my pulled pork and brussels spouts! They approved and were stuffed, which means both these recipes are keepers!
A crockpot BBQ meal that you won’t regret making!
Thank you for reading :)