Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Root Beer Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is one of those dishes that is perfect for a slow cooker. I am always looking for new and different ways to prepare a pork loin. I've read about Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper pork loins but have never made one. I love Root Beer and just happened to have a couple of bottles in the fridge when I saw this recipe. Tiffanee of One Crazy Cookie has a fun blog and shares some great recipes.

This is a delicious recipe for pulled pork. The root beer adds a nice sweetness that blends well with any tangy BBQ sauce. Being from Kansas City, I'd like to think I know my BBQ sauces. My favorites are from two of Kansas City's best barbeque restaurant's, Jack's Stack and Gates. I used the Gates in this recipe, it's a little more tangy and a little less sweet than Jack's Stack. This makes a lot, perfect for a crowd or to freeze for a quick weeknight dinner.

Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork
adapted from Gooseberry Patch
Courtesy of One Crazy Cookie

2 cups onions sliced and divided
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
4 pound pork roast (loin is best)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)
3 cups Root Beer divided
16 oz bottle BBQ sauce ( or two cups)

Place 1 cup onions and the garlic it the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper, place in crock pot. Add 1 1/2 cups root beer and liquid smoke. Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours or on high setting for 5 hours. Remove roast and set aside to cool. Discard onion and liquid in crock pot. In a saucepan, bring the BBQ sauce and 1 1/2 cups root beer to a boil and then simmer for 15-25 minutes. When roast is cool enough to handle, shred with a fork. Discard fat. Return shredded meat to the crock pot. Stir in sauce mixture and remaining onion. Cover and cook on high for 1-3 hours, until the onion is soft.

* I didn't add onions to the sauce. I added the sauce and cooked another hour. We were hungry!
* Be careful with the liquid smoke. Too much can be overpowering!!!

I am linking this to Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesday's at the Table and Tuesday Night Supper Club.


  1. Julie this is right up my alley; love using my crockpot and love root beer. We are not big fans of the smokey tast, so I will probably omit it. Great combination of an easy to prepare meal; a keeper for my kids next visit; thank you.

  2. This looks delightful and my kids would love it. Easy to prepare too.


  3. Sounds great in the crock pot, we love root beer, too. The sandwich looks amazing! Now I need to make pulled pork!

  4. I love cooking pulled pork in the crockpot. It is absolutely the easiest recipe in the world. All we do is add some salt, pepper and OldBay seasoning then cook for 12 hours. It shreds so easily and then we add some BBQ sauce. So easy my daughter knows she can do it herself.

  5. Oh how i love pulled pork and haven't had it in a long time!

  6. I have just recently started using my crockpot for shredded meats, and I love it. We tend to have root beer around here, so this sounds great!

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  8. We do love pulled pork and this sounds delicious with the addition of the root beer!

  9. This looks so good! Just the mention of Root Beer make it sound delicious!

  10. Oh, I'm sure this is a winner. I bet the root beer makes it really different too. Hugs Julie!

  11. I saw this recipe on her site too. It just sounds so neat and tasty.

  12. i am a huge fan of root beer...i sometimes use it as a marinade for my pork belly...it is so delicious...so i bet it really is fabulous in your pulled pork. Thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!


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