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BBQ Slow-Cooked Pork


By Daina Falk, The Hungry Fan

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coca Cola (my homage to Atlanta)
  • 1.5 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (1-2 teaspoons)


  1. In a skillet, sautéthe onions in the butter over low-medium heat until brown and caramelized.
  2. Take heat down to a simmer and add all other ingredients.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Pork Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder or butt roast
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic power
  • ¼ cup yellow onions, diced
  • Buns
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Romaine lettuce, cut into sandwich-sized pieces


  1. Romaine lettuce, cut into sandwich-sized pieces
  2. Season the pork with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  (Amounts will vary based on the size of the meat).
  3. Combine the pork, onions, and BBQ sauce in a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or until the meat is falling apart and can be picked apart easily with a fork.
  4. Serve on a bun with some lettuce and sliced red onion.* **

*You can also smear with a little addition BBQ sauce.  I recommend reducing the sauce remaining in the crock pot after you slow cook to thicken it up a bit.

** I also recommend pickled red onions!  They’re tasty and easy to do.

Here’s how:


  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced


  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl, whisking until the sugar and salt dissolve into the vinegar.
  2. In a jar or bowl you can seal well, combine the vinegar mixture with the onion slices and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour.  Drain and serve.
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