Have you ever seen the Jack Daniels brand BBQ pulled pork at the supermarket? Ever thought, “Damn, that looks amazing.”? Well, me too. So I decided to make my own version! And let me say, I’m pretttttty sure it’s much better than the store bought version. FYI – you have to put aside about 12 hours for this recipe, so be prepared. Also, the pork needs to cook on low in the slow cooker for 10 of those hours, so plan your time well. I did not plan well and ended up having to wake up at 5am to “pull” the pork. Boo Boo was not pleased. Luke was though – he certainly liked the pork! So let’s get started. Following, you will see the ingredients for the cole slaw, the pulled pork and the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce. I suggest making the cole slaw while the pork is in the slow cooker and let it sit in the fridge overnight. It’s much better the next day.
Ingredients – Cole Slaw:
- 1/2 head of green cabbage (the whole cabbage should be about 3 lbs)
- 2 carrots, peeled & shredded
- 1/3 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup of mayo
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp of celery salt
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients – Pulled Pork:
- 3-4 lb pork shoulder or butt (at my grocery store, it was called “picnic”)
- 1 tsp of seasoned salt
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of celery salt
- 1/2 tsp of pepper
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of allspice
- 3 tsp of light brown sugar
Ingredients – Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce:
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, diced
- 1 cup of ketchup
- 1/3 cup of Coca-Cola
- 1/3 cup of Jack Daniels whiskey
- 2 tbsp of Frank’s Red Hot (hot sauce)
- 4 tbsp of honey (add a little extra at the end if you want it a little sweeter)
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
- 2 tbsp of light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- celery salt to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions – Pulled Pork:
Combine all the spices listed under the pulled pork ingredients in a small bowl. If you don’t have all, no biggie. Just use what you have – it will come out amazing no matter what. Next, cut the pork into 2 inch cubes. Place the pork in a large container and sprinkle the spice mix over the pork. Cover the container and place in the fridge.
Once the pork is in the fridge, you can start the BBQ sauce. Turn the burner to medium/high and combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized pot. Mix it all together over the heat and bring to a boil. After the sauce begins to boil, turn it to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, take the sauce off the heat (don’t forget to turn off the heat – my personal specialty…) and take the pork out from the fridge. Put the pork in your slow cooker and then add the onion and garlic. Then, cover with 3/4 of your Jack Daniels BBQ sauce. Save 1/4 for the last 1/2 hour of cooking.
Plug in the slow cooker (duh) and turn the heat to low. Set your timer for 9.5 hours. I think the best way to do this is overnight, so don’t make the same mistake I did. I would start this late enough so you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to deal with the pork.
While the pork is cooking, start making the cole slaw. Combine the chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, and chopped parsley leaves in a large bowl.
Next, add in the mayo, milk, mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, celery salt, salt and pepper. Mix it up and that’s it for the cole slaw!
Sidebar, as the pork was cooking, Luke was giving me this face like, “Mommy, I smell that. It smells wonderful and I’m wondering why you aren’t giving me any.” So flipping cute.
After 9.5 hours of cooking on low, remove your pork piece by piece and place on a cutting board.
Remove 3/4 of the liquid at the bottom of the pan. With 1/4 left, add the rest of your Jack Daniels BBQ sauce to the pot and turn to high. While that is combining in the slow cooker, “pull” your pork.
Once pulled, add the pork back in the slow cooker and turn the heat down to low. Cook for the last 1/2 hour. And congrats, you’re done! I think the payoff is well worth the effort, do you agree?
Looking for a great way to eat the leftovers? Check out this pulled pork hot dog I constructed. SO GOOD. What’s your favorite thing to make with pulled pork?