- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 3-pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
- Tangy Red Cabbage, for serving (optional)
- 6 crusty white rolls, split in half horizontally
In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together 1/2 cup ketchup, sugar, garlic, sage, oregano, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cut pork in half lengthwise; add to slow cooker, turning to coat. Cover, and cook on low until meat is very tender and falling apart, about 8 hours (or on high for 6 hours). Meanwhile, prepare Tangy Red Cabbage, if desired (see Cook's Note above).
Transfer pork to a large bowl. Using a large spoon, skim off and discard any fat from surface of cooking liquid. With two forks, pull meat apart until shredded. Pour any juices from slow cooker over pork, add remaining 1/4 cup ketchup, and stir to combine; season with salt and pepper. Spoon meat onto bottom half of rolls; add red cabbage, if desired, and top of roll.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow step 1, using a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid instead of the slow cooker. Add 1 cup water, and cover. Transfer to oven; cook until pork is tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Proceed to step 2.