BBQ Pork Sandwiches

1 1/2 pounds pork steak*

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 cups water, amount varies

1 tablespoon liquid smoke, hickory flavored

2 cloves garlic, grated

3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce**

Coleslaw, optional

Rinse the pork steak and pat dry.  Coat and rub the pork with the salt and pepper.  Place in a crock pot and add water and liquid smoke.  (You may need more or less water depending on the size of your crock pot.  You want just enough in there for the meat to cook nicely and not dry out).  Cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours until the pork is very tender.  If you need to speed up the process you can cook it on high for a couple hours and then turn it down to low for a couple more.

Once the pork is tender, discard the remaining liquid.  Using a fork, shred the pork into small pieces.  Grate in the garlic, and add the vinegar and barbeque sauce.  Cook for about another 20 minutes until everything is warmed through and the flavors have combined.   Serve on buns and top with coleslaw, if desired.  Yields about 6 servings.

*I used boneless pork steak for this recipe because it was a nice cut of meat and I needed to use it up.  (I come from a family of farmers and my cousin is a butcher. So instead of going to the store and buying meat for my weekly recipes, I get it in bulk.)  You could use pork shoulder, pork loin, or even try it with pork chops.

**My favorite BBQ sauce to use is Open Pit Original.  I've tried other things in the past, only to come back to this again and again.  You could easily make your own, but this is quick and easy!

Recipe is adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.