You might think I have gone crazy but this root beer pulled pork is perfection on a plate! Super tender pork is slowly simmered all day long! The root beer adds the perfect flavor and subtle sweetness that will have you coming back for seconds!
This recipe is delicious and so simple that it has become a staple in our house. It’s perfect for serving groups as well. The pork shoulder feeds many and you can sit back and let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy your day with your guests! Add your favorite bbq sauce and you are set! Leftovers the next day are perfect for some pork tacos too!
- Pork Shoulder (3 lbs)
- 1 cup of rootbeer
- 1 medium yellow onion, thickly sliced, separated
- 2 cloves garlic
- Barbeque sauce of choice
I started out by placing one of those slow cooker bags in my slow cooker. (more on it’s awesomeness later!)
Next I lined the bottom of the slow cooker with half the onion slices. I left all the fat on the pork but coated the outside with salt and pepper. I placed the shoulder on top of the onions. I added the rootbeer. I roughly chopped the garlic cloves and added to the rootbeer. I covered the shoulder with the remaining onions and placed on low heat for 6 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
Once cooked, I pulled out the pork and let rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes. I shredded the pork with two forks, and at this time I removed the fat from the pork and discarded the fat. I did also roughly chop the onions and garlic pieces and mix those in with the pulled pork. No need to waste that great flavor!
I like to keep the pork “naked” as each of our family members has a separate preference of BBQ sauce and it also makes it easier to repurpose this meat for leftover dishes. You can certainly mix the whole batch with your favorite sauce though!
Add to some hamburger buns and you are set! The rootbeer, I found adds a distinct flavor to the pork that is sweet but still has that little kick that makes your taste buds wonder “what’s that flavor?”.
This main dish would be awesome paired with my Apple Cole Slaw! Yum!
*Oh and the slow cooker bags were AWESOME! Clean up consisted of me dumping the liquid in the bag down the drain and throwing the bag away! Love it!