When I think of summer I immediately think of pulled pork sandwiches. I love having my slow cooker do all the work for me. It not only keeps my house cool (no need to turn on the oven), but it allows me to spend time with friends and family all summer day long. This recipe that I've come up with utilizes just a few simple ingredients that I always have on hand. I make my pulled pork by using a Boston Butt. No, it's not the butt of the pig. It's actually the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg of the pig. In the store, if you can't find "Boston butt" you can also buy a "pork shoulder" with no bones.
I cook the Boston butt in a light beer. The alcohol burns off and leaves your pork juicy, tender, and moist. If your not comfortable with cooking with beer you can just add 12 oz of water instead. I make sure that I skim as much of the fat off the meat before I begin to "pull the pork". I keep it simple and use my favorite store-bought barbecue sauce. I don't use the whole bottle because I've found that some friends and family members like to keep it extra saucy and want more to add on top of the pork once its sandwiches between two hamburger buns.
I love to serve my pulled pork with my grandmother's potato salad. It has no mayonnaise and is vinaigrette based. Perfect for summer entertaining! Plus you can make it a day before the big barbecue. Why not make a pitcher of my pineapple-tequila cooler that I've dubbed as "vacation in a glass". You can omit the tequila to make it kid-friendly and it tastes just as good. Or serve up a few mango margaritas! With all the time you saved by using the slow cooker you'll have no excuse to make a tasty side dish and drink to accompany this hearty summer sandwich.