Slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes for shredded pork and great meal ideas.
Shredded pork is a flavorful base for so many family dinners. Having it already cooked gives you a huge jumpstart on weeknight meals. It's so easy to cook a pork shoulder in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, then divide into 2 1/2 cup-3 cup portions and freeze.
Nachos - No special seasonings needed, just build nachos with the pork and the usual toppings. So good.
Tacos - Our favorite pork tacos are inspired by tacos al pastor. Just reheat the pork in a combination of 1/4 Cup orange juice and 1/4 cup pineapple juice. Enjoy on flour tortillas with pineapple salsa, pepper jack cheese and sour cream.
Cuban Sandwiches - Use a soft roll, like a bollero roll. Add mustard, shredded pork, a few slices of ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, then grill up on a panini press.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches - Combine with your favorite BBQ sauce and build amazing sandwiches - so easy and such a crowd pleaser!
Hawaiian style rice bowls - Add a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks (with juice) and 2 cups of BBQ sauce at the beginning of the cooking process, follow the rest of the cooking/shredding instructions. Serve over rice and top with fresh shredded red cabbage, grated/matchstick carrots, fresh pineapple, fresh mango, cilantro, avocado and lime!
Here's my recipe for shredded pork
- 4 lb boneless pork butt (aka pork shoulder)
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Cup low-sodium chicken broth
- If you know you are going to make a Mexican dish, add 2 tsp of cumin to the rub, as well
- Season pork on all sides with the salt and pepper. Add to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Or, cook in the Instant Pot for 1 hr, let the pressure release for 20 min, then quick release.
- Remove the pork from the cooker and move it to a 9x13 baking/casserole dish to rest for 20 min.
- I recommend pouring the liquid in a separator (if you have one) or in a bowl. Let the fat rise to the top, use a spoon to skim off and throw away (it doesn't have to be perfect.
- Shred the pork using two forks or your hands! Add liquid, little by little, back in to moisten the pork, if needed.
- Divide into 2-3 batches and put in a zip-top freezer bag, removing as much air as possible before freezing.
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