8.08.2013

Root beer Pulled Pork (Crock pot Recipe!)


Who doesn't love pulled pork? I remember the first time I ever tried it (maybe 3 years ago) - a boyfriend at the time ordered it from a local restaurant. They served the dish with about 4 sides, including corn bread. He asked me to try a bite since it would be my first time.. I was extremely happy that I did! So much flavor, smokiness, and the meat so soft that it melted in your mouth.
I think we can all assume that the next time we went, I ordered the pulled pork.

This recipe is very simple using your crock pot. You will only need these 5 ingredients.

*Prep time - 10 min
*Cook time - 6 hrs in crock pot, *optional: 20 min in oven (few min on broil for crispiness)

2 lbs of pork tenderloins - I prefer boneless
1 can root beer - A&W!
1 white onion, sliced & separated in two piles
1 tbs liquid smoke
18 oz of any bbq sauce -your choice! (I used Sweet Baby Rays - Sweet 'n Spicy)
Salt & Pepper
Buns! I don't prefer hamburger buns for this..so I get some from the bakery.
*1/4-1/2 cup honey (optional)


1.Spray your crock pot lightly with Pam. Place half the sliced onions in the crock pot.

2. Season your pork with salt & pepper and place over the onions - add the remaining onions on top of the pork.

3. Pour can of root beer & liquid smoke into the crock pot.

4. Cook on LOW for 6 hours

5. Shred pork with fork and place in baking dish. Drain out root beer from crock pot but save some of the sliced onions and place them in baking dish as well. * You are done using the crock pot now.

6. Add your bbq sauce (& honey if you choose) and mix well in baking dish.

7. Bake in oven on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, the last few minutes I put on broil to get some crispiness on the top.

8. Serve on buns

*We made roasted corn  (Recipe here) and french fries with this one.























21 comments:

  1. I made this tonight for dinner and my husband loved it! I have tried multiple pork recipes an this by far is the best one! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I made for dinner tonight and my family loved it , but instead of tenderloin I used pork shoulder and pork butt and didn't put in the oven and no honey...just excellent

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  3. im looking to do this recipe with 7lbs of pork how would I convert your recipe to suit this much meat

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    1. I would times all the ingredients by 3.5. 3.5 cans of root beer, 3.5 onions, ect.

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  4. how many people does this serve?

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  5. Used a pork shoulder for this tonight and it was tender and juicy. Thanks

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  6. The recipe says tenderloin, but the pix are of pork chops. I didn't look at the pics, and just put 2 tenderloins in my crock pot. Hope it turns out!

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    1. You can use either or - how did you like it?

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  7. Did you mean high for 6 hours? My crock pot only has high 4 & 6 and low 8 & 10. Thank you!

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  8. I cook on low for 6 hours - our crock has that option. You can cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. The pork shouldn't dry out. Let us know how it turns out!

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    1. How do you think this would taste if I omit the Barbeque sauce, I do not like BBQ sauce. Please let me know. Thanks

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    2. Hi Kathy,
      Without bbq sauce, the pork may taste a bit dry. The bbq sauce helps add moisture and flavor. Would you feel comfortable substituting bbq sauce for another sauce you like? Or even adding a bit of (melted) cheese or a wet coleslaw may help too! Best of luck if you decide to try it out!

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    3. Thanks I will check the the sauces in the aisle and see if I can find a flavor that would go with this. Just do not like the taste of regular BBQ sauce

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  9. Recipe was ok but it was way too sweet and the flavors of honey and bbq sauce overpowered the meat flavor. I will try again but use less bbq sauce and possibly omit the
    honey altogether.

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  10. One word: Delicious

    I brought leftovers to work and one of my coworkers tried it and loved it. She loved that she could taste the smokey flavor.

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  11. What if you select the low for 8 hours setting and take it out after 6 hours?

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    1. That would work! 8 hours should be alright too, it will be extra tender! Try getting thicker cuts of pork and it may work perfectly for your crock!

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  12. Any substitute for root beer? I'm all out.

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  13. I'm making this right now for my son's 2nd birthday, I tripled the recipe and barely fit it in the crockpot! lol It had really good reviews so I hope mine turns out good(:

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