Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork

If you’ve been following us recently then you’re familiar with the close of our successful IMG_4831Kickstarter campaign. It has propelled us forward as we busy ourselves with rewards for our backers and a new wave of large orders for Slow Cooker Spice Blends.

After a frantic week of running to and fro between our co packer, who is carefully measuring our spices to our proprietary blend recipes, and the Planet Access team who is hand labelling the finished spice blends, by Thursday morning the thought of planning another family dinner was onerous. I was staring at 1200 individual spice packets, all ready for their final quality control check.

I called Meg and said “I’m exhausted but I just had a great idea, I’m going to cook pulled pork for the weekend using our own Smoky BBQ blend!” I said it with humor, like this was a revolutionary idea. Somewhere in amongst all of our hard work I had forgotten we have created exactly what I needed for that moment. 

At 7.30am on Friday morning I unwrapped the pork and placed it into the slow cooker, smothered it in our Smoky BBQ blend, poured a 1/4 cup of cider vinegar in there, and set the timer on LOW for 10 hours. The entire preparation process took less than 5 minutes and I sat down to work at 7.35am knowing that dinner was DONE. I also knew that any leftovers were going into tortillas or tacos the following evening. 

Sometimes we’re so caught up in things that we forget what’s right in front of us.

On Friday evening we devoured the pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw in front of a movie and I plan to make pulled chicken this Friday using exactly the same rub and vinegar.



This 10 hour slow cook recipe is perfect for this time of year for a graduation party, if you’re heading to the beach for the day or simply want to take the pressure off, like me, when you’re working. It’s so good that we want to share our Summer Zen experience with you and are offering free shipping* on our Smoky BBQ blend for the month of June. Click here to get yours! For free shipping please type “Summer Zen 2016” into the notes field. *(we will refund the $ shipping value)

In exciting news the Smoky BBQ blend will also be available from Peapod online as part of a co-branded meal kit at the end of this month. Each kit will include everything you need to make this dinner for 6 people. Stay tuned for next week’s meal using our Southwest Fiesta blend.

Carolina Pulled Pork
Prep Time: 5m, Cook Time: 8-10 hours LOW / 4 - 5 hours HIGH, Servings: 4-6
  1. 2 1/2 lbs pork shoulder
  2. 1 Smoky BBQ blend or your favorite BBQ rub
  3. 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  4. dipping sauce (optional)
  5. 1/2 cup / 4 fl oz cider vinegar
  6. 1/4 cup / 2 fl oz water
  7. 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  8. 1 tbsp brown sugar
  9. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  10. 1/4 tsp salt
  11. dash of tabasco
  1. rub the pork with the Smoky BBQ blend; transfer to the slow cooker or refrigerate overnight
  2. add the cider vinegar to the pork
  3. cover and cook on LOW: 8-10 hours or HIGH: 5 hours
  4. shred the pork in the slow cooker using 2 forks
  5. mix the remaining ingredients for the dipping sauce in a small jug or use your favorite BBQ sauce
  1. serve on a toasted pretzel or brioche bun, drizzle with sauce, serve with a side of fresh coleslaw
  2. pair with an India Pale Ale, fresh lemonade or tart hard cider
the zen of slow cooking
 Zen Moment

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

-Ernest Hemingway

2 thoughts on “Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork

  1. Went to Ela Farms Farmers Market today, 6/11 to buy your blends. Very small selection and all were past expiration date. Where else locally can I purchase your blend packets. I live in Lake Forest and am a follower of your blog. Rosemary Vastardis

    • Thank you for your support! We also sell our blends at Whole Foods in Deerfield or online. Warmest regards-Meg

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