Recently I have rediscovered my slow cooker. It was sadly sitting in my garage for years until the day I was introduced to The Best pulled pork sandwich ever! I have been making it almost every week now for my family and volunteered to cook it for my friends a few times. It is extremely easy and unbelievably delicious... and as always, kid friendly! This recipe has been unofficially circulating among my friends and now I have found a few minutes to share it on my blog. Here it goes:
3 lb pork shoulder (or butt, apparently it is the same thing, according to my butcher)
1 (one) 12 oz bottle of your favorite root beer
1 green pepper sliced (I love using green pepper with meat)
1 medium onion sliced
seasoning to taste (I rub meat with Kosher salt and fresh black pepper)
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
Additionally you will need sandwich buns and creamy coleslaw.... I am drooling already and I just made it last week :)
Rub your meat with seasonings on all sides. Place it into the slow cooker, cover meat with sliced onions and peppers, pour in the root beer. Fire up your slow cooker to high and leave it to cook for 6-7 hours, turning your meat once after first 3 hours of cooking. Meat should be falling apart with no effort by the end of cooking time.
Take your meat out on a large, flat plate and start separating meat from fat. Discard the fat, cooked vegetables and cooking juices. Shred good meat with a fork and return it to the slow cooker. Add BBQ sauce and mix well. Let the mixture sit in slow cooker on medium for a few more minutes for sauce to incorporate well. Turn off or leave on low until ready to serve.
The only thing that could make this sandwich better is Bloody Mary!
Enjoy! Let me know how you like it ;)