Simple recipe to make Root Beer Pulled Pork in your Slow Cooker. This sandwich is packed with big pieces of onions, minced garlic and BBQ sauce. It’s so easy you might even feel guilty eating it. Or not!
I’m sitting in my living room right now sick as a dog, watching Say Anything as I try to finish some work. I know right, the life of a food blogger seems so glamorous. But some days it’s us vegging out in jammies, curled up with blankies and kleenex trying not to fall asleep while we finish a post. Sounds fun right. I bet you want to be one of us right now.
The upside is there’s usually lots of good food in the house. So leftovers are always on hand when you’re having a bad day. Thank goodness for leftovers. It’s been our saving grace lately.
We’ve had tons going on recently. I realize I’ve been posting a lot less than I normally do. So I figured I’d fill you in a little bit of what’s been happening here. Hubs got offered a new job locally. He’s been working at a great place but it’s 2 hours away. So for the past year he’s been living there part-time, and here part-time. Recently he got offered a job in skilled trades where he used to work. Then in the final hours all heck broke loose and the deal fell through. About a week after that the deal was back on, and he starts on Monday. It’s been a rough couple of weeks dealing with it all. Hopefully we’ve made the right decision.
On top of all of that mini-me has been sick. Not easy while in University, skipping school is not an option. She holed up in my room to study for a night, it’s at the back of the house and super quiet. Needless to say I’m now sick, which tends to hinder the cooking passion. Hence the lack of posts. See, I told you the life of a food blogger is glamorous. Luckily when we do cook we make tons of it. That way we can eat for days and days without having to cook. This is one of those meals.
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- 3 to 4 pounds of boneless pork roast
- 2 cans of root beer
- 1 sweet onion cut into large chunky pieces
- 1 cup of brown sugar divided (use less if watching your sugar intake)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce less or more to taste
- 1 package of large rolls or hamburger buns
Place the roast in the slow cooker.
Pour the root beer over top.
Toss in onion chunks, spread them around so they flavour well.
Drop half of the brown sugar in the juice around the pork and mix it up a bit. Then take the other half and spread it all over the top of the roast.
Salt and pepper as desired.
Pop the lid on the slow cooker, cook on low setting for about 6 to 8 hours, depending on your slow cooker. You want the meat to be soft enough to pull apart or "shred"
Once it's cooked you can take it out and set it on a cutting board. Turn off your slow cooker. Now you can cut the pork with a knife, or shred with two forks into bite sized pieces.
Now take a large frying pan, spray it with non stick spray. Heat over medium high heat, then pop the pork in there. Add about 1/4 of the juice from the slow cooker, and use a spider or strainer to scoop out as much of the onions as possible. Pop those in the frying pan too. Give it a good stir then add the sauce and minced garlic. Continue to cook it until it's nice and toasty warm.
Scoop oodles of it onto buns.
Serve with a big old pork lovin' smile!
This is a variation of a simple pulled pork I do with club soda. I just swapped out the variety of pop since mini-me came home from the states with tons of cases of Barq's Root Beer. I've also done this with Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper. Apparently we keep way too much pop in the house so I've become addicted to cooking with it, as well as drinking it.
So darn good. We make lots of variations of pulled meats here. It’s just something we all love to eat so we’re always changing things up depending on what ingredients are in the house. I think that’s what I love about pulled meat. You can use what’s on hand, and you can go simple or crazy depending on your mood.
I apologize for the fuzzy photos. We’ve made the realization recently that my eyesight is wildly out of control. When I’m taking them they look perfectly fine. Then I put them up on my laptop and realize they are not quite right. Once we find out what our coverage is for eye glasses I’m going to book an appointment and face the fact that reading glasses are not cutting it any more. Getting old blows.
Toodles and smoochies! xx