Slow Cooker Colombian-Style Pulled Pork

by Erica Dinho on May 18, 2013

Slow Cooker Colombian-Style Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Colombian-Style Pulled Pork

I love using my slow cooker year round. In the winter it warms the house with the comforting aromas of spices, and in the summer it helps keep the kitchen cool, and the best part, it does all the work for me.

But strangely, I haven’t been using mine that much lately. I love cooking on the stove and oven, but the truth is, the slow cooker is a wonderful appliance for busy moms like me. You throw in a few things, cover it with the lid, and 6-8 hours later, you have something delicious to eat. It took this Colombian-Style Pulled Pork to remind me of just how magical the slow cooker can be.

Slow Cooker Colombian-Style Pulled Pork

For this pulled pork recipe, I used a seasoning mixture commonly used in Colombian cooking on meats, consisting of ground cumin, ground achiote, scallions, garlic, onions and beer. The pork turned out tender with a wonderful flavor. This time I used the pork to make Pulled Pork Arepas with Avocado and Pink Sauce (Salsa Rosada). A simple and quick weeknight dinner, lunch or even breakfast, if you like.

Buen provecho!

Pulled Pork arepa

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Ingredients

(4 to 6 servings)

  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground achiote
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 5 scallions
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 about 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 cup of dark beer

Directions

  1. Combine the paprika, achiote, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, scallions , beer and 1/2 cup of water to the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the pork, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board. Strain the liquid into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pull the pork using two forks and mix in a bowl with about 1 cup of the reduced cooking liquid. Serve on buns or with arepas.
  4. Arepa Colombiana

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa May 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM

That dark beer must be the secret! This seriously may be my crock pot to go tomorrow.

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2 Diana May 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

When do you put the garlic and onions?

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3 Erica Dinho May 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Diana- Step 2!

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4 grace May 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

there are so many fantastic things you can do with some juicy pulled pork. it’s a favorite!

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5 Chris May 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I like that seasoning mix for pork. I might try to use the liquids as a marinade, then use the rub and smoke my pork. That way I get the flavors plus the smoke. Great post, Erica.

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6 Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Erica who does not like port especially this version…

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7 Linda May 25, 2013 at 5:27 AM

I like it… what is a slow cooker called in Colombia? What brand do you have/recommend. Does Home Center has it? Where can you buy it cheaper?

Sorry do the questions…

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8 Erica Dinho May 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Hi Linda,

I don’t live in Colombia, but I can check for you!

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