Brace yourself, internet, for I am about to let you in on the easiest way to make the most delicious and savory pulled pork you’ve ever had. Honestly I feel like kind of a doofus even calling this a recipe because it requires such a minimal effort. You know how they say “no risk, no reward”? Yeah, that statement doesn’t apply here.
Along with “don’t do mild,” another life lesson passed down from my grandfather to my dad was to “keep it simple.” The reason I like this recipe is that it truly embraces that motto, and shows how Royito’s can be used as the sole flavor enhancer of a dish- with no other seasoning- to produce amazing food. Also I just really like pork. Like, a lot.
I’ve tried this recipe using all sorts of different ingredients- brown sugar, honey, different vinegars, etc- but all of those seemed to detract from the savoriness and spice that I like so much. In the tastings I’ve done at Whole Foods, this has been the biggest hit and immediately sells people on the power of Royito’s. Here’s what you’ll need to make this yourself:
1 4-5 lb bone-in pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
4 cups (2 16 oz. jars) Royito’s
1 cup water
…that’s it! Seriously.
6. Drain about ¾ of the cooking liquid in the crock pot and return the shredded pork to the pot for extra flavor and moisture (I probably left a little too much liquid in this one, but you get the point.) Serve directly out of the pot or transfer to serving dish.
And, uh…yeah! That’s all. It’s foolproof. The crock pot pretty much does everything except digest the food for you. The good thing about this is that it makes a lot and there is so much you can do with it- add some slaw and BBQ sauce for a pulled pork sandwich or taco, put it in mac & cheese, or, my favorite- by itself with mashed potatoes. So go ahead and make this, see what creative ways you can use it and let me know how it goes!