The weather here in Northern California has been rain, rain and more rain, so it has been hard to BBQ. The inclement weather has made me turn to the crock pot for this post. I know this is not true barbecue but when you are jonesing for BBQ this is a great recipe. That is also very easy to make.
Unlike my past posts this one is all made in the kitchen. I have chosen to use a pork butt and when the weather is good you can use this recipe on the barbecue also. You replace the crock pot with a tin foil pan. You can use your favorite BBQ sauce and beer in this recipe. If you don’t like the beer option you can use water or apple juice. I am using Sierra Nevada Porter beer, Lodestar Farms lemon olive oil, Santa Maria seasoning, a half of a red onion and BB Specialties Smokey Jalapeño Honey Sauce (hot). The last two are exclusively sold at the Wagon Wheel Market in Oroville, CA.
Now let’s get to the meat. I spray the frying pan with Lodestar Farms lemon olive oil. While I’m waiting for the oil to heat up I spray Lodestar Farms lemon olive oil all over the pork butt. This adds a little lemon flavor, and it gives the spices something to stick to. Remember I like Santa Maria seasoning but if you don’t have it, you can use salt and pepper. If you would like to order it just go to wagonwheelmarket.com and order your own. When the oil is hot place the pork in the pan. Using a spatula rotate the meat until all sides are brown. This is easy and takes about 10 minutes.
Add a third of a cup of beer to the bottom of the crock pot. Remember you can also use apple juice if you prefer. Place the pork butt in the beer and then add seven ounces of your favorite BBQ sauce. Today I have chosen BB Specialties from Wagon Wheel market. This sauce has jalapeños brown sugar and honey which are great with pork. This sauce has a hidden heat to it, all of a sudden you feal the heat of the peppers. Pour the sauce right on top of the pork. Place the lid on the crock pot, turn it on high and wait 4 to 5 hours. When barbecuing it takes 3 to 4 hours.
After four to five hours in the crock pot the pork is going to be very tender and you can pull it apart real easy with just a fork. Once you have it all pulled apart add seven or more ounces of BBQ sauce. Now place on your choice of bread or just eat it out of a bowl. I promise this recipe won’t fail you when you are jonesing for BBQ, but are unable to use an outdoor grill.