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

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Serves: a small crowd
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Cooking Method: Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot


4 lb pork shoulder roast (do not trim fat)
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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
additional red pepper, black pepper, and salt to taste

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Susan Feliciano Recipe
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Oak Ridge, TN (pop. 29,330)
Member Since Jan 2011
Susan's notes for this recipe:
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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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!

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user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Aug 30, 2012
Sounds great!!! Thank you for posting! I love using my slow cooker!
user 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!
user 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!
user 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

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