Crock-pot pulled pork

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written, but life has been crazy these days with the holiday season! Trust me though, this recipe was worth the wait. Here’s to a delicious recipe to help get you through all the parties, hosting and visiting friends and family. 🙂

I’ve always been a fan of pulled pork, but have never tried to make it myself;  after seeing how easy (and inexpensive it is!) I will definitely be doing it again.

Traditionally, pulled pork is made with pork shoulder, but the ones I found were so huge they wouldn’t fit into the crock-pot! So instead, I used a pork loin and it turned out to be delicious. After 6 hours in the slow cooker, the pork literally fell apart and tasted amazing.

I used a 7 lb pork loin – which only cost about $14!!! – and it easily fed between 12-15 people (with leftovers).  It’s great for feeding a houseful of holiday guests and with all the ingredients, only costs about $25 to make which is a great deal for feeding so many people. I hope you enjoy it!

Adapted from this recipe here.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A pork loin (any size you’d like, really)

– Root beer

– 1 chopped onion

-Chopped garlic (we used 2 cloves, but depending on how much you’re cooking, this can vary)

– Barbeque sauce (we use Sweet Baby Rays which we think is the best!)

– 1/2 cup brown sugar

– Hamburger or slider buns (if you’d like to make sandwiches)

Start off by putting the pork, chopped onion and chopped garlic in a crock pot. Then add in enough root beer so that the pork is almost completely covered (I know this sounds strange, but trust me, it will taste great!). Cook it on low for about 6 hours (possibly less if you use a small pork loin.) Make sure to turn the pork loin over about half way through so that it cooks evenly.

After the pork is fully cooked, drain the crock-pot and remove all the excess root beer, garlic and onion. Place the pork back into the crock-pot and shred it completely (the pork should be really tender at this point so it’ll be easy to shred).

Then add the barbecue sauce of your choice! We used a combination of traditional Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce as well as their Sweet & Hot version. You could also add hot sauce or red pepper flakes if you want a little kick to it.  Mix it up and let the sauce marinate with the pork for another hour or two.

Then, enjoy your yummy pulled pork!

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