I was looking through recipes last night, and thought this one seemed an awesome way to blend summer BBQ with the flavors of fall. It really has amazing depth of flavor, and hits spice notes you don't usually think of as being a part of BBQ. The cloves and allspice from the pumpkin pie spice blend with the maple and pumpkin to smell like thanksgiving came to your backyard BBQ. Add to the thanksgiving feel the creamy richness of slow-cooked pork and you end up with an amazing and EASY dinner. I served this with onion hamburger buns, but you can use any bun you prefer. Next time I think I'll use a corn-muffin style bun to bring in the cornbread stuffing element. Enjoy another little piece of Fat Boy Heaven right here:
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Maple Pulled Pork
If you like pulled pork, you're going to love this beautiful recipe for slow cooker pulled pork. Rich & salty, with just enough sweet to make you crave it nightly, you're gonna love this recipe twist!
YIELD 8 servings
ACTIVE TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 4 hours
3 pound pork roast
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon maple extract
2 tablespoons bourbon
1. Place pork roast in a slow cooker. Add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, Worcestershire sauce, bourbon, and maple extract. Use a spatula to mix together the pumpkin mixture over the top of the pork. Cover and set slow cooker to high. Cook for 4-6 hours, or until pork is tender.
2. Using two forks, pull the pork apart until well shredded. Stir well into the pumpkin mixture. Cover and allow to cook for another hour, until the sauce thickens.
3. Spoon mixture onto hamburger buns. Serve and enjoy!