I found a crock pot at a thrift shop for five bucks and wanted to break it in.
I went to Allrecipes.com and perused the “Slow Cooker” section and spied something that looked interesting. There was a recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork , and it was made with root beer.
There were four ingredients, including the buns. I can totally do this.
I was a little nervous about the pork thing. I have never purchased pork so I didn’t really know what to expect.
I went to the store and searched the pork section for something resembling a pork tenderloin.
The names on the packages were slightly different than what the recipe indicated, and I was hesitant to grab what might be the wrong thing. After all, this was a recipe for pulled pork, whatever that is, and I didn’t know if you could pull just any pork. Or beef. Or chicken, for that matter.
I began interrogating unsuspecting shoppers about pork, and they, for the most part tried to ignore me. I managed to wear one lady down, and she let me know which product would work for this recipe. Before she could summon the security guard, I rushed over to the soda aisle.
I chose Hires Root beer for two reasons. One, it is quite delicious. And two, a hundred years or so ago, I did a commercial for Hires (titled: “Sitting at the Dock of the Bay”) that played nonstop, and they were very generous with me. I would like to take this opportunity to say, once again, thank you so very much Hires. You paid for lots of fun clothes and sparkly jewelry.
For some reason, I thought I had a bottle of bbq sauce at home. I did not. Grrrrr.
That's okay, I made some with a super simple and yummy recipe. I’ll post that later.
UPDATE: I uploaded the recipe for my fabuloso bbq sauce.
All I had to do for the pulled pork recipe was throw the pork and root bear in the crock pot for 6 ½ hours. Drain, pull the pork apart, and stir in bbq sauce. It was so gooooood!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
1 (2 lb.) boneless pork sirloin roast
1 (12 oz.) can root beer
1 (18 oz.) bottle barbecue sauce
***If eating the pork low carb style (no bread) just use 9 oz. of barbecue sauce.
8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
***The crock pot I used is a bit small (3 1/2 qt.), so you don't need a big one if you don't have one.
Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours. Note: the actual length of time may vary according to individual slow cooker. Drain well. Stir in barbecue sauce. Serve over hamburger buns.
I tried it on a bun, and that was delicious.
I also tried a low carb version by just using the meat and adding a little salad.
Eating the pulled pork this way requires half the amount of sauce, since the bread won’t be soaking it all up.
The pork was so good, I didn't miss the bread.