Uncle Luther's BBQ Pork Shoulder (slow-cooker)

Susan Feliciano Recipe

By Susan Feliciano frenchtutor

a small crowd
15 Min
7 Hr
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

My 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).

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4 lb
pork shoulder roast (do not trim fat)
3 c
apple cider vinegar
1 stick
(1/2 cup) butter or margarine
2 Tbsp
dried red pepper flakes
2 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
red pepper, black pepper, and salt to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

In 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.
Pour 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.
When 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.
You 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!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Low Carb
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtag: #barbecue

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Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
Aug 30, 2012
Sounds great!!! Thank you for posting! I love using my slow cooker!
Wendy Rusch snooksk9
Aug 30, 2012
mmmmm sounds good Susan...I would have never thought to use that much vinegar on a roast...gonna have to try it soon!!! Thank You!
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Aug 30, 2012
The vinegar, butter, and red pepper is a hallmark of my father's family recipe for Carolina Barbecue (The Alston Family of North Carolina). They used it on chicken, too - my father's was the best!
jamie Beecham jamie4cakes
Aug 30, 2012
Susan thanks for the recipe and today while shopping in Walmart I found a indoor smoke cooker $148.00 but I sure want one for the hot days and cold ones too. I do have a smoker and enjoy cooking a pork shoulder on it
sherri gage KitchenCabinet
Aug 30, 2012
Sounds like a family picnic on a plate!
cyndi curne travlindiva
Aug 30, 2012
Southern all the way! I can remember my grandmother and great uncles "queing" in the back yard with a grill built in the ground. The vinegar is the key:) Thanks for the memories and I can't wait to try this.
susan simons imbossmare
Aug 30, 2012
This sounds very good Susan I can't wait to try it.
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Bea L. BeachChic
Aug 30, 2012
This sounds wonderful. It reminds me of my pork roast recipe except for the butter. I'll be sure to try this. I've been wanting to cook a boston butt so this would be perfect for this recipe.
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Aug 31, 2012
Thanks for everyone's positive comments. When I get time, I'll post the BBQ chicken recipe.
Bea L. BeachChic
Aug 31, 2012
WooHoo! Can't wait for that, Susan. (((HUGS)))
Kathy Montoya kalkat
Aug 31, 2012
This sounds really good. Do you still have the directions for making in a smoker?