Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Another delicious recipe courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo; simple and requiring only a crockpot and 4 ingredients.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

  • Pork butt (boneless or bone in)
  • Bacon
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Hawaiian sea salt

The one catch? Nom Nom Paleo recommends 16 hours in the crockpot! I did about 10 hours on low (the max on my programmable crockpot) and another 3 on high (so that it would finish before heading to bed).

Recipe Notes

I had difficulty finding Hawaiian sea salt (and was rather impetuous about my decision to make the recipe), so I substituted with Himalayan salt instead. I read comments posted by others that did a similar substitution. I also kept the skin on and removed it only after the pork finished cooking. Also, do a search on Nom Nom Paleo’s website for “kalua pig” to find additional meal suggestions for your leftover pork!

Cuts of Pork

I used to make fun of my cousin when he proudly showed off his great find at the supermarket: an inexpensive pork butt. “Ewww!” I would proclaim. “You’re eating a pig’s butt?!” It turns out, though, that “pork butt” or “Boston butt” is actually taken from the shoulder of a pig, not the butt! Who knew?

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:American_Pork_Cuts.svg

Image from WikiCommons

According to the Culinary Institute of America, the primal cuts of pork are as follows:

  • Ham (aka leg) – inclues the shank/hock and top round
  • Loin
  • Boston Butt (aka blade shoulder)
  • Picnic (aka arm shoulder)
  • Belly (aka side/spare ribs)

See this awesome PDF for a breakdown of the wholesale and retail cuts of pork.

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