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It's football season and that means appetizers galore! Some people, like my husband, are more into the game, whereas I am more into the game food. What kind of game day person are you? Will you be spending it with friends watching the big game?
We normally stay in and spend our game days as a family. We lounge on the couch and cheer as loud as we want. I love to watch our 3-year-old mock his daddy when the game is going their way. That always puts a big ol' grin on my face. Oh, and we always have a snack! Sometimes I like to keep it simple with our snacks and sometimes I like to get fancy. Today is a fancy day. I think everyone loves pulled pork, right?
If you don't know whether you like pulled pork, give these little appetizers a try. Come to the pulled pork lovin' side. First though, you need to head to Walmart and get your supplies. You'll need some of these Ritz crackers. What's an appetizer without Ritz crackers?
Oh, and grab some Coke to wash this pulled pork cracker stack down.
After doing a little shopping, it's time to get the party started. Firstly, you'll need a crock pot, your pork shoulder, and the spices that need to go into the crock pot.
Grab your vinegar and whisk it into your spices. Pour it into the crock pot
Add in the water and oil and let the crock pot do its job. Now that that is done, let's get prepared to make our little game day appetizers. Cut up your brick of cheese and shred your pork.
Add the meat and barbecue sauce into the crock pot and heat until warm. Then start stacking those crackers!
Next, dress up a little table in the spirit of game day! Here's my table all jazzed up.
These little cracker stacks were gone before the first quarter was over. It's okay though because this recipe makes 40 of these so we had another batch waiting for us!
Pulled Pork Game Day Appetizer
- 1 pork shoulder 2 lb.
- ½ T. garlic powder
- ½ T. onion powder
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 3 T. brown sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 T. olive oil
- ¾ cup water
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 8 oz. colby jack cheese sliced
- 40 Ritz crackers
- Place the pork shoulder into a crock pot.
- In a separate bowl, add in the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and vinegar. Whisk together until incorporated.
- Pour the vinegar and spice mixture into the crock pot and over top of the pork shoulder.
- Add in the water and oil by drizzling it along side of the pork shoulder. Pouring the water over top of the pork will wash around the seasoning you just placed on it.
- Set the crock pot to low and let it cook for 8 - 10 hours. I prepared mine the day before and placed it in the fridge overnight.
- Shred the pork using two forks. Mine was completely cool, so I used my hands and shredded mine.
- Pour off all the juice except for ¼ cup.
- Add in 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce and stir until it coats all the meat. Place the slow cooker on low and heat until warm. Mine was completely cold, so I set mine on low for an hour.
- I laid out 20 crackers and placed a slice of cheese on each. I then added a small pile of pulled pork to each cracker. Place them on a serving plate and help yourself!
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
Just for fun, I wanted to share with you some behind the scenes cuteness. This is my little mocking bird doing his finest work with his mama.