Pulled Pork Sliders

I had never made pulled pork before so I looked at a few different cookinglight.com recipes before combining a few to create my pulled pork sliders and coleslaw recipe for my sisters bridal shower.  I ended up modifying the rub to be closer to what I use for barbecued chicken by adding garlic powder and onion powder and not using smoked paprika, that most recipes called for but I just do not like very much. This is a great party or casual dinner party meal because you can make it ahead of time and then leave it on warm until you are ready to serve.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:

Ingredients:

1 (4-5 pound) boneless pork shoulder also called the Boston butt, trimmed

Rub:

2 Tbls brown sugar

1 Tbsp chile powder

1 Tsp garlic powder

1 Tsp paprika

1 Tsp onion powder

1 Tsp dry mustard powder

1 Tsp cumin

1 Tsp sea salt

1 Tsp fresh ground black pepper

Cooking Liquid:

2 cups water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup ketchup

Directions:

Combine and mix all the ingredients for the rub. Rub the rub mixtures all over the pork shoulder and let sit for at least an hour. After the pork has absorbed the rub, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and brown the pork on all sides, cooking each side for 3-4 minutes. In your slow cooker combine and mix the cooking liquid together, place the pork in the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until tender and falling apart. Remove the pork and strain the cooking liquid into a saucepan, slowly let the cooking liquid reduce until thick like a barbeque sauce. Serve on slider buns with sauce and coleslaw, recipe below.

Lemon Vinaigrette Coleslaw

1 package pre shredded coleslaw

1 lemon juiced and zested

¼ cup white wine vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

2 Tsp honey

¼ cup chopped parsley

In a serving bowl add lemon juice, vinegar, and honey whisk until combined, continue whisking and stream in olive oil. Add parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Add coleslaw to bowl and toss to dress.

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