Root Beer Pulled Pork
I should start off by saying that my 10 years in the Richmond and Raleigh-Durham area taught me a little bit about the meaning of good BBQ. After years of having slews of BBQ joints in my backyard, and of watching incredible chefs (and in that category, this guy still takes the cake for the best southern food I ever, ever had) and some undiscovered family cooks who grew up with just awesomely natural talent for making delicious, authentic southern food, I now feel like I can – with semi-authority – at least differentiate between the good and the bad. That being said, I am in no way an authority – much as this distresses me – at actually making real southern food. 😦 Sniff. Oh how I wish I could make a mean southern green. Alas, I suffer through my southern food cravings alone and in silence here in lonely, old upstate NY. Sometimes, I’ll make the trek to get my hands on some Dinosaur BBQ which has some pretty darn phenomenal BBQ, ribs, cornbread and other deliciousness on their menu. And other times, I’ll make this very simple, basic, tried and true recipe. Note: it’s no dry-rub, 24-hours-on-a-smoker, scratch-made-Carolina-BBQ-sauce, kinda pulled pork. But it is really simple, really good and really something that everyone in my family – from little kids to old folks – enjoy. And since I was recently on Day 2 of being home alone, unable to drive and on strict orders to “rest and recover,” I thought I’d put this together as a treat for everyone when they got home from school and work. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Enjoy, y’all!
4-5 lbs boneless pork shoulder
1 bottle Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce. (If you can’t find this sauce in your local store, you may want to think about moving. Kidding. The reason I like this sauce is that it’s got a nice balance of vinegar and spices. Try to find something that isn’t too sugary or tomato-y or thick and sweet).
1 can (or 12oz bottle) of your favorite root beer
salt and pepper
Place pork shoulder in a 4 quart slow cooker. Mix 1.5 cups BBQ sauce and 1 cup rootbeer, pour over pork. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours. 20 mins before serving, remove pork from slow cooker and pull in separate bowl. Pour juices from slow cooker into large skillet. Cook down on med-high heat approx 15 mins until thickened. Stir in remaining BBQ sauce, season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over pulled pork. Serve on its own or on fresh rolls, with coleslaw and cornbread.
Ooh, and we had these for dessert!