Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pulled Pork

Last May Russell and I moved to Virginia. Our first night there Serena, Allen, and two of their friends, Brandy and Jason, came over and brought us dinner. Brandy brought pulled pork. It was delicious and very tender. I asked her how she made it and she said it was quite simple, root beer and pork shoulder roast (boston butt) in the crockpot. Unfortunately my crockpot was packed up and put into storage before we left for Virginia, so I had to wait until we returned to Texas earlier this month to try this out.

Russell prefers the vinegar based BBQ sauce and I prefer the traditional style BBQ sauce. I am still searching for a great recipe for both so for now we just used our favorite bottled BBQ sauce. I used the pulled pork to make pulled pork sandwiches and served it with cole slaw since Russell likes to top his pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw.

Another way to use the pulled pork is to make Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos. I know it might sound odd at first but trust me they are delicious. There is a wonderful mexican restaurant in Huntsville, AL called Rosie’s. They serve BBQ Chicken Nachos, and they are amazing! Since I had pulled pork I just substituted it for the chicken. To make Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos, top tortilla chips with pulled pork, then BBQ sauce, followed by some shredded cheese. Place in the microwave for a few seconds to melt cheese. Then indulge yourself :)

  • Pork Shoulder Roast (Boston Butt), I found a 3.5 lb which was a perfect size for the crockpot
  • Root Beer
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Any other additional seasonings of your preference
  • Favorite BBQ sauce

Place the Pork Shoulder in the crockpot and season with onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, salt, and pepper.

Pour approximately 2 cups of root beer over the pork.

Set the crockpot on low and cook for approximately 7 hours.

Drain off the excess liquid and pull pork apart. If you would like you can pour in your favorite BBQ sauce and continue to cook on low for about 30 minutes to an hour. Otherwise serve pork as you wish, topping it with your favorite BBQ sauce.
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