Crock-pot pork shoulder taco heaven – Or, I did it, I did it, I did it !!!

Here’s the post I was talking about yesterday, did this a week ago or more.
Been looking for a simple crock-pot recipe/method, something that didn’t require too much effort. I have learned though, that one really should take the extra few minutes to brown this and/or that, reduce a juice, do a little more than just dump, cook and pray. I did it.
I’m still in the experimentation stage, so headed out to find some stunt meat. Something inexpensive and easy to deal with, a pork butt. My local grocery had some mystery butt in a clingy net, perfect. For all the reasons stated above, and because it was portioned in to an equal log of meat. I could count on the same cooking time from end to end, non-confrontational.
My Crock-pot is a 5 quart rig.
Pork butt – 4 to 5 pounds
BBQ dry rub
Carrots – 4-5 peeled & sliced
Celery – 2-3 stalks peeled & sliced
Onion – 1 whole – mediumish
Garlic – Fresh as much as you like (4-6 cloves depending on size), smooshed – whole
Chicken broth – 1 cup
If you’re actually reading this for a tidbit of juicy goodness for procedure, there is at least one thing in there you might enjoy. See if you can find it.
Either bring the meat to near room temp or not, considering how long this sucker takes to cook it probably doesn’t matter. I didn’t and it came out perfect.
Install broth to crock pot and turn to high or low depending on how fast or slow you want this to go. Clean, prep and slice all your veggies (not the dry rub) and install to pot for the pre-heat process.
Get your cast iron pan hot with some oil in there, maybe 3 swirls around the pan. Pat the roast generously with the BBQ dry rub. Then, roll the sucker with flour. Shake a bit to get any excess off, but make sure the roast is covered in both. Install to pan and brown well, 6 minutes a side?
Install your butt to the crock and put the lid on, yer done.
8 some odd hours later, when your butt is soft and juicy, pull. Remove netting, using two forks shred the sucker, set aside. Strain the bits from the juice using a strainer of some ilk, use a fat strainer and get rid of the liquid fat (there’s enough already even for me) reduce juice by maybe 1/4 to 1/3. Combine everything together in the large stock pot you used to reduce. And here’s the tidbit I mentioned earlier, add more of your BBQ dry rub to the meat & juice slurry.
Here’s the scoop, it doesn’t matter if you’re smoking, grilling or roasting a large hunk of meat, getting your spicy flavors to the internal portions isn’t possible unless you’re injecting. I’ve tried injecting and it’s a pain in the butt, so to speak and doesn’t deliver the flavors I can get by adding a little of the dry rub later on. Try it.
Simmer a little more and you’re done. Do with it what you will.
With little effort, this will work with any cut of meat that lends itself to a long cooking time. Even the boys did a face plant in the meat and devoured it.
I bless this recipe and method,
The Good Reverend Doctor Biggles

10 thoughts on “Crock-pot pork shoulder taco heaven – Or, I did it, I did it, I did it !!!

  1. Something that might be right up your alley. I’ve had excellent result performing the browning portion of recipes similar to yours on the BBQ. A little indirect, a whole lotta heat, and sometimes throw in a bit of smoke for good measures! About an hour works well for me. Then it’s into the old crockpot for the remainder. BC

  2. Hey Evil,
    MmMM, baby pig.
    Ya think !?! Yup.
    Hey mang! Was wondering what you were up to the other day, good to see you. Grill, neat idea, I like that. Too much effort though, browning the meat was even stretching it for me. xo
    So perfect.
    Sheeyit yeah. Not sure why I did the rub, then the flour, just came to me at the moment. Yumbo.
    xo, Biggles

  3. Sitting here writing down your recipe. All the while I keep looking at the tortilla photo wondering how you got then to stand up in the perfect U shaped form. Inquiring minds want to know?

  4. Hey Greg!
    Heh, toasted them over the gas flame on my stove. I like’m that way, got some texture to them, ya know? Oh, and the toasty flavors.
    xo, Biggles

  5. I’d throw the Onion and Garlic into the pan that the pork was browned in to just brown somewhat (perhaps 3-5 Min.) before putting that into crockpot. Saw this at America’s Test Kitchen and when I tried it, it does make a delightful difference. Also – some browned pearl onions and I would probably just yank the netting before even browning (we’re shredding it, right ?!).
    I can almost smell it from the picture.

  6. Hey Tommer,
    Anything you can brown before adding will be an added bonus for sure. I tried it again a week ago, didn’t have an onion. Boy, that really made a difference in the wrong direction!
    I considered taking the netting off. But in my mind, I wanted a more uniform size so all the pork would be nearly the same consistency at the end. Which it was. Considering the time it’s in the pot, though the smaller bits would turn to mush and that’s not what we’re after.