Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork
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Using root beer to tenderize slow cooked pork tenderloin makes it delicious. Root beer gives these slow cooked pork sandwiches rich color and slight sweetness.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 7-8 servings
  • 1 (3-4 pound) bone-in pork shoulder or butt
  • 1 large bottle of root beer (about 1 liter - NOT diet)
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, more if you like a lot
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
  1. Trim the fat off the pork as best you can. I rub some salt, pepper, and garlic salt on it (this is optional, but gives extra flavor).
  2. Place the pork shoulder/butt in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat - pour enough of it to cover the meat or almost cover it. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours.
Note: the actual length of time may vary according to individual slow cooker/crock pot.
  1. Drain the liquid very carefully. Shred the meat with 2 forks and discard bone. Place the pork back into slow cooker and stir in barbecue sauce, as much as you like so that it's not dry at all and keep the slow cooker on the LOW setting until ready to serve (one half hour to an hour is great, it gives the meat time to soak up the sauce).
  2. Turn to warm setting until ready to serve. Spoon onto hamburger buns. Serve with a side of baked beans, cole slaw or sweet potato fries!
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