a small crowd
Susan's StoryMy uncle Luther was famous for his pork barbecue - he made it every year for the annual Bennett's Creek Rescue Squad Barbecue in Suffolk, VA.
I was able to watch him make it one time, and he used a smoker, which I do not have. But I have adapted his ingredients to my crock pot because it's easy to do and cooks while I'm away.
The picture is of my Aunt Marjorie and Uncle Luther on their wedding day, during World War II. She was an Army Nurse (RN).
pork shoulder roast (do not trim fat)
apple cider vinegar
(1/2 cup) butter or margarine
dried red pepper flakes
fresh ground black pepper
red pepper, black pepper, and salt to taste
1In a very hot iron skillet, sear pork roast on all sides until very brown. Place roast and any fat rendered into a crock pot on low power.
2Pour vinegar over roast. Cut butter into chunks and add to crock pot. Finally, sprinkle all with the red and black pepper. Cover and cook on low power for about 7 hours, or until meat is well done and can easily be shredded with two forks.
3When done, cut off any large pieces of fat from the roast (those that did not melt). Fry them in a hot skillet until nicely browned, chop fine, and return to the roast. Using forks, shred and pull the pork roast into fine pieces. If desired, you can chop it even more fine. Dress with the vinegar mixture from the crock pot. Add additional red and black pepper and salt to taste.
4You may serve from the crock pot, or pile meat high on a deep platter. Serve with the remaining vinegar sauce (called soptchkin), on buns, or just on the plate. Dip Texas toast or biscuits in the soptchkin.
This is traditionally served with baked beans, cole slaw, and corn on the cob. Yumm!