Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Quick Pickled Onions - Heartstone Farm

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Quick Pickled Onions

By Farm Kitchen

Pasture-Raised Pulled Pork - the Star of Tacos, Sandwiches, Soups, Bowls & More
Cook up some pulled pork with Heartstone Farm's Pasture-Raised Boston Butt once and we guarantee that it will be added to your recipe rotation for 3 reasons:

1. It is a well-marbled cut of meat which makes it incredibly succulent and delicious
2. You can make so many different meals with it which also makes it a great value - Tacos, Pulled-Pork Sandwiches, Soups (Ramen, Pozole), and Salad & Grain Bowls 
3.  It's very easy to make. Quick prep & time is all it takes

Pickled Red Onions - the Perfect Companion
It won't take much else to make your pulled pork meals incredible. Having said that, there's one pork companion we're fans of - red pickled onions. The acidity of the pickling and snappy texture of the onion create the perfect contrast to the richness of the pork. We also like that pop of bright color - you eat with your eyes, right? We've included a super simple recipe for you and recommend adding some to your pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, and salad or grain bowls.

Pasture-Raised Pork vs Factory Farmed Pork
Heartstone Farm's pasture-raised pork
 simply tastes better because the hogs are raised humanely, without hormones. They're free to roam outdoors (vs the stressful confined, indoor conditions factory-raised animals endure) where they enjoy a diverse diet which creates rich and nuanced flavor in the pork.

Boston Butt vs Pork Shoulder vs Picnic Pork
You may be asking yourself, "What's the difference between Boston Butt and Pork Shoulder?" Well, it can be a little confusing so let us explain. Pork shoulder can refer to the entire shoulder that includes both Boston butt and a cut called "picnic pork," but it can also refer to the entire shoulder which includes both cuts. For clarity here, we'll refer to the 2 separate cuts as Boston butt and picnic pork. Boston butt refers to the upper part of the shoulder while picnic pork cut is located below it. Boston butt has more marbling which, when cooked low and slow, melts down and imparts flavor and tender texture to the meat. Ideal for pulled pork. 

Ok BUT why is it called BUTT?
As you've learned, Boston Butt comes from the shoulder not the hind area of the hog. So why call it a butt? There are conflicting origin stories. Some say it has New England roots and traces back to Revolutionary war times when meat was stored in barrels called "butts." Others cite a simpler explanation. They say "butt" refers to its shape which is a term used for other things - like rifles or cigars - to denote the larger end part of an object. We prefer the more interesting New England origin story.

We hope you enjoy the recipe and just a tip that you might consider keeping at least a couple Heartstone Farm pasture-raised Boston Butts in the freezer for many delicious meals ahead.


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