It's usually a scramble for me to figure out what to take to a potluck in the summer (in the middle of the week), it always seems that when you get to the big party everyone has brought a salad and there isn't any real protein (unless there is a bbq with hamburgers). But a lot of the time when you meet at say City Park, you just bring something that is quick and easy, like a salad. Now you can think outside of the box and put your crock pot to work.


It's like a light bulb went off in my head when I discovered that I could make a nice meat dish and not worry about it.


A small pork roast (I use pork tenderloin and size will be determined by number of people that you want to serve, remember though that once the pork is cooked you will shred it and it will feed more people than just slicing it), Seasoning's can depend on you but I use a good amount of paprika, garlic, onion powder or flakes and pepper with a little cumin and red pepper flakes. I add a cup of water to the crock pot and let cook on low while I am at work. When it's almost time to head out to the week night picnic I shred the pork that is now fork tender (just remove it from crock pot, but don't turn it off, do cover it so that it stays warm and shred the roast with two forks) put the shredded pork back into the crock pot. Now you can decide to add your favorite sauce or serve it on the side. The pork will stay warm for the picnic, just remember to keep the lid on :) I also serve my pulled pork with pickles (dill) and onions, but that is really up to you. Grab some buns and you're ready for a week night bbq.