Dr.Pepper Pulled Pork

2013-09-09 20.37.09-1Another slower cooker recipe for you! This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite food truck menu items from The Chairman Truck! If you are in SF, you must hunt down the Coca-Cola Braised Pork Baos -they are eyes-roll-to-the-back-of-your-head delicious. I was fascinated by the idea of cooking meat with soda; the Coca-Cola gave the pork a sweet, slightly crispy  “crust” and I was hooked!

I don’t usually drink sodas, but if I do I love Dr. Pepper. Known for it’s “23 flavors” the unique soda flavor gives this tender pulled pork dish a sweet zing complimenting the BBQ sauce very well.

Serve the pulled pork with fresh cole slaw and pillowy soft King’s Hawaiian bread and you got some yummy sliders! I followed Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork recipe from Serious Eats.

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Start off with all your ingredients:

  • 1 small boneless, skin-off pork shoulder roast, about 2 pounds
  • 1 can of Dr Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 cups store-bought or Kansas City-style barbecue sauce

I had quite a new (challenging experience) with the huge pork shoulder roast I bought, I barely had a knife good enough for the job! First brown the roast at medium-high heat in a pan and transfer to slow cooker. I think I had to cut up the roast and cook the pieces in shifts!

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Pour the Dr. Pepper in the pan and deglaze, let cook for 2 minutes and scrap pan occasionally with spatula. The idea of “cooking” soda was very strange.

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Pour the Dr. Pepper over the meat in the slow cooker. Add in honey, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well, cover and cook on low for 7 hrs! Walk away, enjoy your day!

2013-09-09 00.46.07 2013-09-09 08.35.06Before and after: look at that beautiful color! After 7 hours, drain off the extra liquid and shred the meat with two forks.  Pour the BBQ sauce and stir. Cover and cook for another 1 hour.

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Perfect for a potluck or picnic!

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