It’s barbecue season! Unfortunately I don’t live somewhere with easy access to an outdoor grill. So how do I get my BBQ cravings to settle? A crock pot should help get the job done. Slow cooking a pork shoulder is one of my favorite ways to make barbecue. I’m pairing this recipe with an IPA. Does it satisfy my hunger for BBQ?
This week’s beer is the Overpass IPA by the Coney Island Brewing Company. It has a pretty intimidating elephant on the bottle. There wasn’t much to go on other than the name and art on the bottle. So, how do I like it?
Style: An IPA with 6.2% alc./vol.
Color: What, but for so reason it reminds me of pineapples.
Aroma: Fruity with some intense hops.
Taste: Sharp, hops, and plenty of citrus.
Level of Recommendation: If you like intense flavor, then this beer is for you. I love hope sharp the taste is.
What you’ll need:
- A pork shoulder
- Chicken broth
- Oregano, dry
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- A sweat onion
Start by chopping up the sweat onion and placing it at the bottom of the crock pot. Peel a couple of cloves of garlic and set to the side. Take off as much fat off of the pork shoulder as you can.
Either chop up the garlic very fine or grate it. Rub the pork shoulder with the garlic, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. Make sure to rub both sides. Place in to the crock pot add the chicken broth.
Set on low for 8-10 hours.
If you can, flip the pork shoulder over a couple of times so that it gets evenly coated with liquid.
Once finished, take it out of the crock pot and shred.
For the sandwiches:
- Your favorite BBQ sauce (I used the Trader Joe’s Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce)
- Whole wheat buns
- Your favorite cheese
Take some of the shredded pork and mix it with the BBQ sauce. Place the shredded pork on the wheat buns with some cheese.
The sweetness of the barbecue sauce really brings out the tangy flavor of the beer. They complement each other. The bread also help put a slight taste barrier between the beer and pork flavors. Adding cheese help smooth out the flavors.
Level of Recommendation: This is backyard barbecue ready even if you don’t have a backyard.