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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Crockpot Pulled Pork from Pork Chops

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you so much and am proud to be your daughter!

With the temperatures in St. Louis steadily rising (hello 90+ degrees!), I'm trying to avoid turning on the oven more than is absolutely necessary. We'll be using our grill a lot more frequently in the next few months and relying on lighter meals like salads and sandwiches. Another handy tool? The crockpot! It can cook when I don't have time to, and it won't heat up the house like the oven will.

I had high hopes for this pulled pork, which I decided to make from some pork chops I had in my freezer. Then I got home from work, ready to shred the pork and was disappointed to find it wasn't shredding as easily as I pictured. My sister Julia was over for dinner that night and I immediately began warning her to get out the bbq sauce as I feared the meal might be a bust. Thankfully I was mistaken. The pork, once shredded, was actually delicious. It had a subtle sweetness from the additional ingredients and additional condiments weren't needed. On whole wheat wraps and served with fresh corn on the cob, it made for a nice summer dinner.

Crockpot Pulled Pork from Pork Chops
recipe adapted from Crepes of Wrath

2 pork chops (frozen is fine)
-1 green apple, thinly sliced
-1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
-1/3 cup white whine
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-1 tbsp worchestershire
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-1 tbsp cornstarch
-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
-salt & pepper, to taste

1. Place frozen pork chops in crockpot.
2. Top with apples and onions. Add all additional ingredients.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-4 hours (I placed on warm since my crockpot cooks quickly and we were gone for nearly 10 hrs!)
4. Remove pork from crockpot and shred with two forks. Return to crockpot and mix in with everything else. Season with salt & pepper. Serve on buns or wraps.