Yes… yes, you read that right – pulled pork, cooked away all day in BEER! The story behind this one is funny – my husband and I just spent 2 months living in a base hotel. We were lucky enough to get one with a small kitchenette, with the emphasis on small. We have a small fridge, a 2 burner stove, toaster and microwave. No oven! You might not thing that having no oven really isn’t a big deal, but after awhile it gets difficult to cook *everything* on the stove top. We had to invent quite a few recipes, and this one was my favorite.
We had pork chops one night for dinner, and I had a few leftover. Instead of making pork chops again, I decided to make pulled pork. This could definitely be done in a slow cooker/crock pot, but I just simmered it on the stove all day since I was home. As I was looking in the fridge to see what liquid I could simmer the pork chops in, my eyes fell on my husbands beer– score! This definitely doesn’t have a traditional pulled pork taste, but instead has it’s own unique flavor which we loved!
3-4 small pork chops (ours were just over a half inch thick, and about the size of the palm of my hand)
1 bottle of beer (flavor of your choice! We used a local brewed IPA) *See note below*
BBQ sauce to taste
Salt/Pepper to taste
If you want to make your own slaw you’ll need some of the bagged slaw mix (ours is by the lettuce in the supermarket), some mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
*Note* – I ended up draining out a bit of the beer before I shredded the pork, so if you add more pork chops, you probably will not need to add more beer.
Pour he bottle of beer into your saucepan (or crock pot). Add pork chops, and bring to a slow boil. As soon as it reaches a slow boil, lower the temperature to medium low to let the pork chops cook at a simmer/slow boil. When the pork chops are cooked, and able to be shredded, (about 1-2 hours depending on how high you cook it). Remove them from the pot, shred them, and then add them back to the simmering beer. Add 4-5 tablespoons of BBQ sauce (to taste) and salt and pepper to taste and allow to continue simmering for another 2-3 hours.
To make your own slaw, I put a cup of the shredded slaw mix into a bowl and added about 2 tablespoons of mayo, splash of lemon juice, salt and pepper and mixed. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld.