The pork shoulder is my newest discovery, and what a great discovery it is. Relatively cheap, meaty, and delicious. I threw it in a slow cooker one day, topped it with beer, and tried to think of something unique to do. Then I stumbled on The Beeroness’s post Beer Carnitas Pizza. I decided to take my own twist on it and make a barbecue pulled pork version.
2 tbs garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp ground mustard
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
For the Pork
24 oz IPA
4lb Pork Shoulder (Pork Butt?? Whatever you want to call it…it looked more like a butt to me).
1 8oz Bottle of High Quality Barbecue Sauce OR a homemade version
1 yellow onion chopped
For the Pizza
1 cup chopped red onion
1 handful chopped cilantro
8 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
1 pizza dough
Method: Combine all the ingredients above. Rinse and pat dry the pork shoulder with a paper towel. Generously rub the mixture into the shoulder. Let it sit for one hour. Sear the meat in a pan with olive oil on high heat, until it just becomes browned. About five minutes on each side. Throw it in the slow cooker, surround it with the chopped onions, and top with beer until it fully covers the pork. Set the cooker to low and cook for about 8-10 hours. I specifically set mine on at night so I could wake up to the beautiful smell of pork butt slow cooking.
Remove the shoulder/butt from the cooker and place on to a large cutting board. Then perform the easy yet extremely satisfying task of “pulling” the pork. It was very fun, and I ate a lot of pork over the course of this step.
I then mixed the pork with my homemade barbecue sauce, yet I believe a bottle will do just fine. If you do use bottled, I recommend mixing a few dashes of apple cider vinegar into the meat to give it a more tangy taste.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Roll out your pizza dough to an adequate shape. Dust a pizza stone with corn meal and place the crust onto the stone. Layer mozzarella cheese and tomatoes onto the pizza. Pile on the pulled pork, red onion, and cilantro. Place the pizza into the oven and bake for 25 minutes.