Looking for a quick weeknight dinner?
Want something you can throw in the crock pot in the morning (or the night before) and dish up and serve by 5pm?
Well look no further. I bring you my friend Katie's Root Beer Pulled Pork. Katie made them into sliders, I just put this delicious meat on some bakery buns.
In case you are wondering....no the pulled pork does not taste like Root Beer. Not in the least. See Katie's note below.
Katie served hers with slaw. I would have loved to have served mine with slaw, but since I'm the only one in the house who likes it, I skipped it. The next time I make this I'm going to cook it for a crowd and make some slaw, cause I'd really love the creamy crunch of the slaw combined with the meatiness of the pork. *sigh* Next time.
I love that all this recipe required was a few minutes of prep. Everything gets thrown into the crockpot and 8 hours later, I had a delicious meal waiting. All I did was put some in a bowl and added in a little BBQ sauce (we love Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ).
The leftover meat is also great in tacos.
Crockpot Root Beer Pulled Pork
recipe from Katie Lee @ Chaos in the Kitchen
5 lb boneless pork shoulder, cut into large chunks
2 tbsp oil
salt and pepper
1 (12 oz) can Root Beer or Dr. Pepper
small buns or dinner rolls
your favorite barbecue sauce
Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil over medium heat in a large, heavy pot or dutch oven. Sear pork shoulder pieces a few at a time until all sides are browned and caramelized. Add pork to a slow cooker as they finish. Pour soda over pork and turn slow cooker to low and cook 8-20 hours.
To serve, use two fork to slightly shred meat leaving some larger pieces. Split buns or dinner rolls and lightly toast. Toss each serving with a little barbecue sauce just to moisten. Serve tucked into warm rolls with a little broccoli slaw or coleslaw if desired.
Note from Katie:
By the way, the kids really expected this dish to be sweet and to taste like soda. It doesn’t. It is juicy and meaty but the soda is just a braising liquid that helps to tenderize the meat.