Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crockpot Root Beer Pulled Pork

Root beer pulled pork

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.

Root beer pulled pork 1

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.
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