February 08, 2022 4 min read
Here at Pepper Jam, we don’t just sell pepper jelly. It isn’t all we’re here to do. We also like to give you ideas about what kinds of things you can do with your pepper jelly.
Manty of our customers know that pepper jelly goes great as a finger food addition. For instance, you can throw it on some crackers with cheese and have a really tasty and filling snack for an upcoming party.
Lots of people do that. What not a lot of people do is to make slow cooker pepper jelly pulled pork, which is a recipe of which we are especially fond.
Pulled pork is a perennially popular food. The only down-side is that many people make it the very same every time. Barbeque sauce is a fine addition to the slow cooker, but let’s change things up a bit now with the addition of some tasty pepper jelly.
Let’s check out this recipe for pepper jelly pulled pork, and we’ll give you some ideas along the way for which pepper jelly varieties will go well with what you’re making.
There are a few core elements of slow cooker pepper jelly pulled pork that you’ll need no matter what. The extras and additions will be completely up to you, but here, we’ll give you some ideas.
Some ingredients you’ll need include:
Before we get to the main event of adding the jelly and cooking the pulled pork, we first have to prepare the pork butt or shoulder itself.
Depending on what kind of glazes and seasonings you’ve gathered, this is where you’ll want to apply them to the pork.
Add your sauces, condiments, and seasonings to the pork, and then let it sit for a while, ideally overnight if you have the time. This will give the pork the time to soak it all in thoroughly.
The next day, or whenever you’re ready, you’ll want to get the slow cooker ready to go.
Lots of cooks will tell you they add onions to meals not primarily for eating, but for the flavor they lend to the main course. And that applies here.
After spraying the slow cooker with cooking spray, chop up half an onion and throw the pieces into the bottom of the cooker.
It’s now time for pork itself, and here is where you’ll be able to get a little creative with your pepper jelly.
Add the seasoned hunk of pork to the slow cooker, and then choose your pepper jelly. You’re going to be pouring the whole jar in the cooker, but be selective about which type you add. This will be based on what kind of flavorings you and your fellow eaters will enjoy.
For example, if you’re just starting out cooking with our pepper jelly, then traditional pepper jelly might be the one for you.
However, if you’re a fiend for the really hot stuff, you’ll want to make this slow cooker pepper jelly pulled pork with our habanero pepper jelly. There’s no doubt about it; this one adds a kick that you’re sure to notice immediately. You can also go sweeter with a variety such as the cranberry pepper jelly.
Whatever you choose, add the jar to the slow cooker all over the pork.
Now, we’re going to cook the pork. The amount of time you’ll need will depend on how long you have and what your preferences are.
If you’re cooking on low, give the pork between 8 and 10 hours. You can also cook it on high for about 5 hours if you so desire.
The point is to make the pork so tender that it will pull apart easily on its own.
At the end of your cooking time, remove the pork from the cooker and pull it all apart. You’ll probably encounter pieces of gristle or fat that you can discard.
Once the pork is pulled, put it all back in the slow cooker and let it cook for another half hour or so.
At the end of the half hour, you can turn off the slow cooker, let the pulled pork cool, and start to enjoy it!
If you’ve never had slow cooker pepper jelly pulled pork before, you’re in for a treat. While pulled pork tastes amazing on its own, pulled pork with pepper jelly present throughout the cooking process is truly incredible.
It’s going to add that extra bit of flavor you’ve been looking for, and we think your friends, family, and other guests will also enjoy this new spin on a classic.
To see all of your options, check out all of PepperJam’s pepper jelly options now, including our variety packs!
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