A friend at church got really sick last week and is still out of commission this week. She has a family of 6, with 3 kids to take care of. A bunch of us got together and figured out a schedule to bring this family some meals. I took on Wednesday and as I said earlier, we were really strapped for money this week, so I had to figure out a way to make A LOT of food to feed this family of 6 plus our family of 3. I needed to use meat we already had in the freezer, so I came up with these Pulled Pork Sandwiches. I had a big 5 pound pork roast in the freezer that I bought on sale for around $1 a pound at the beginning of the month. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it up. What made it even easier....it's all done in the slow cooker. Can't beat that.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
Makes 10 sandwiches
1 (5 pound) pork butt (shoulder) roast
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1 tsp liquid smoke
Your favorite BBQ Sauce
Cut roast in half. Rub each half with salt and pepper, and place in the slow cooker. Pour broth, coffee and liquid smoke over the meat.
Turn the slow cooker to low, and cover. Cook for 6 to 8 hours on low, or until the roast is fork tender.
Carefully remove the roast to a cutting board. Pull the meat apart using two forks. If it has cooked long enough, it should easily shred. Strain the liquid from the slow cooker and add about 1 cup of the liquid back into the slow cooker, along with the meat. Turn the slow cooker up to high. Dump in as much of your favorite BBQ Sauce to your liking. If you like it really saucy add lots. If not, add just enough for the meat to hold together.
Let the meat and sauce heat up for 15-20 minutes. You can get the buns sliced and the side dish prepared while you are waiting. (I served mine with coleslaw.)
Scoop meat onto the buns and enjoy!
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Steve and I loved this dish. Steve REALLY loved it. Come to think of it my 14-month old loved it too. We had made this dish before, but only using beef broth and BBQ Sauce. The addition of the coffee and liquid smoke gives it great depth of flavor. Steve loved the liquid smoke so much, he was sprinkling it on his own sandwich. I will definitely keep this recipe and make it again. It's a great way to turn a cheap cut of meat into a delicious meal.