There is something magical that happens when you cook in a slow cooker. While it looks like nothing is really happening, the food inside is slowly breaking down, becoming more tender and more flavorful. By the time the slow cooker has finished, meats cooked inside fall apart and the juices surrounding them are full of flavor. All you have to do is give everything a good start. In this recipe for BBQ pulled pork, that good start comes in the form of a delicious spice rub on the pork and by searing the pork pieces before letting the slow cooker work it’s magic.
Once the pork is nicely browned, your work is mostly done and it’s time to pass the baton to the slow cooker. Onions get a quick sauté and beer and beef stock are added to become the braising liquid base. (If you don’t like beer, or don’t want to cook with beer, just substitute more beef stock.)