Superbowl Party Food: Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Coffee BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

by Jennifer on January 29, 2012

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Do you recall the 2-ingredient mini cakes that I made for the AFC NFC playoff? I bet you do you sly blog readers. Well, what I did not tell you is that I was inspired to start working on some other Superbowl game-day recipes.

While at my once a month jaunt to Whole Foods, I saw they were featuring pork shoulder on sale and a little filly was out in front, passing out samples (dang those smart marketing/sales peeps) and as soon as I saw the sign for pulled pork, I knew my hubby would jump up and down if I made him some.

I asked the woman what she used in her sauce and she said ‘this bottle of BBQ sauce, some apple cider vinegar and agave nectar’. I thought, I am going to concoct my own sauce using vinegar and as soon as I got home I set to work.

By the way, don’t be all intimidated by the fancy presentation – I grabbed some too-cute-to-resist microgreens and thought they would add a lovely touch. You go right ahead and toss this pulled pork on a fresh roll.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Coffee BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
2 ¼ to 2 ½ pound boneless pork shoulder roast
1/2 large sweet onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup honey
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoon soy sauce
½ cup coffee

1. Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker. trim excess fat off the pork, season it with salt and pepper and place on top of the onion and garlic.

2. Add the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and set it at 8 hours on low.

3. If you can baste the pork once or twice during cooking. After the 8 hours, Shred the pork, add it back to the slow cooker so marinade in the sauce for a few minutes while you prepare to serve it.

4. Serve it on a roll or sliced bread topped with greens and herbs as I did. Serve with extra napkins.

p.s. I assigned Backside Challenge #3!!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

You caught my attention with adding coffee! This looks amazing! I love cooking in the crockpot! I totally have to make this!

Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} January 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

Hmmm… yum. Wonder how it would taste on beef!

Gerry @ Foodness Gracious February 2, 2012 at 1:51 am

I love the addition of coffee, it works so well for meat and I usually will use it in a rub when I smoke brisket or pork butt. Your making me look forward to the weekend!
Take care.

sarah February 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

8 hours on high seems pretty long. most other recipes for slow cooker pulled pork seem to call for 8 hours on low…

Jennifer February 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for catching my error – it is low!

adele September 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

This is now my standby pull porc recipe. I love love love it. So easy and delicious. It will quickly become a family recipe for me, thank you!

Jen September 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

That sounds delicious and I am going through my pantry and freezer to see if I have all the ingredients 🙂

Tim November 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thoughts on substituting maple syrup in place of the honey?

Jennifer November 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Go for it – should work the same Tim!!

Kirsten January 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Yummo! I love easy, peasy, gluten free food!

Laura January 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

What about chicken breasts instead of pork

Jennifer January 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

Sounds dang good!!! Go for it!

Carla February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

About how many people does this feed? Theres going to be 8 of us here!

Jennifer February 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi Carla – I served it as an appetizer as it is intended for nibbles for many. Have fun!!

Candace February 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

Crockpot is on! I have a smoked flavoured balsamic that I used…can’t wait to try it!

Jennifer February 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Nervous…..feel free to vary amounts based on it want thicker or your taste preferences.

Jennifer November 27, 2013 at 4:45 am

Have you ever made this ahead of time and reheated the day of? How do you recommend reheating?

Jennifer November 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

Hi Jennifer,
Yes, I have reheated in both the slow cooker on low and a quick shot in the microwave and both worked well. Depending on how early you want to start reheating, you could always cut off a bit of cooking time and simply finish cooking when you reheat.

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