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Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
1 boneless pork shoulder, about 3 pounds
salt and pepper
1/4 cup water
2 onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, mashed
1 bottle barbecue sauce, if desired
1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the pork shoulder well with salt and pepper. Place meat in the pan fat side down and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
2. Remove from pan and place in the vessel of a slow cooker. Add the water, onions and garlic to the slow cooker, cover and set temperature to low. Cook for 8-10 hours, or until tender and falling apart. Remove meat from the pot and shred using two forks.
3. At this point meat can be crisped under the broiler to make carnitas (Mexican-style pork) and used for taco or burrito filling. Or alternately, you can drain the slow cooker of any fat and juice and return meat to the pot. Stir in one bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce and cook for one hour more, or until heated through. Serve on buns topped with coleslaw.
Instead of using your slow cooker you can keep meat in the Dutch oven after browning it, add the onions and garlic, cover, and place in your oven (preheated to 325 degrees) and bake for 4-5 hours.