I have been hearing about cooking pork in a slow cooker with pop for ages now and have been completly intrigued ever since. I finally gave it a try this past weekend and wow was it delicious! The soda pop works not only to give the meat some nice flavor (no it doesn't taste like pop, just flavorful) but it also works as a tenderizer. The pork came out of the slow cooker super juicey and completely falling apart. I hardly had to really "pull it" apart, just gently separate. A nice bonus is that it is a very inexpensive meal as well. It only cost me $6 for my 2 1/2 pound pork butt at Whole Foods Market! Sure, this cut of meat is a bit fattier, but that also makes for a more flavorful final product. Once cooked, the fat easily separated from the meat when I was pulling it apart. We all agreed that this recipe is a winner and will be added to my meal plan rotation.
Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker
adapted slightly from Mama Foodie
2 1/2-3 lb pork butt (also known as a pork shoulder)
24 oz. (2 cans) Dr. Pepper (or any caramel colored soda pop, each will provide a slightly different flavor)
1 medium onion, cut in quarters and then again in half
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on personal taste.)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
bbq sauce of choice
rolls or buns of choice
Place the chopped onions in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pork butt on top of the onions and add the garlic, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the Dr. Pepper on top and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or on low for 8 hours).
Very carefully, because the pork will be hot, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place on a large cutting board. Using two forks, shred the pork by pulling away from each other. The meat should be very tender by this point. Place the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and continue to cook for an additional hour.
Drain the remaining juices and toss the meat and onion mixture in the bbq sauce of choice. I don't have an exact amount listed- just add a bit at a time until you get to your desired sauciness!
Top onto lightly toasted buns and enjoy! Goes great with a good slaw and some oven fries.