Root Beer Pulled-Pork Sandwiches


I initially scoffed (to myself, of course!) when I heard about making pulled pork with this method. BUT… in order to try the “Carolina Gold Barbeque Sauce” that I saw at Trader Joe’s, I needed a sauceless method to cook pulled pork. Root beer was perfect. 🙂 This might be the most simple dish I have ever made– or at least the simplest I would blog about! The pork was perfectly cooked and seasoned and the sauce was similar to Piggy Park in Columbia, South Carolina- my goal.  I have been on a quest for a long time to make a homemade version of this sauce with little success. My husband LOVES it! My last attempt was South Carolina Mustard Pulled Pork. One of my friends was SHOCKED that I was using bottled sauce- but it was tasty! 🙂 We ate our sandwiches with coleslaw and baked beans.

  • 2-3 pound boneless pork shoulder, pork butt, or boneless pork rib meat
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
  • 16 to 20 oz good quality root beer
  • 8 to 10 oz Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce, or barbecue sauce of choice
  1. Generously season the meat with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker. Add root beer.
  2. Cover, and cook until the meat is very tender and falling apart, about 8 hours on low (or on high for about 6 hours).
  3. Remove meat from cooking liquid and shred meat using two forks.
  4. Place in a bowl and mix with barbecue sauce of choice. Keep warm.
  5. Serve on brioche or other sandwich rolls.



About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

8 responses to “Root Beer Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

  1. Mari Allen

    Will definitely try this one!!

    Would you ever do a lunchbox ideas blog? I’m sure people would love that!

    Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 10:57:32 +0000 To:

  2. Midwestern Plant Girl

    This sounds deeee-licious! I’ve marinated chicken In Coke before, so why not root beer?! I’ve also got a nearby Trader Joe’s 🙂
    I would also enjoy the lunchbox ideas. I make my own frozen lunches in mass. I wake too early to throw things together in the AM.

    • It sounds like you should post some lunchbox ideas! Genius to freeze in advance- I am always scrambling around in the morning. School starts tomorrow for my kids!!! I need to start thinking about what they are bringing for lunch :).
      The Trader Joe’s sauce was really good by the way!

      • Midwestern Plant Girl

        I guess technically, they are not lunchbox ideas, as I need a microwave…
        I do make my husband a sandwich in the AM, which is where my time goes. He just loves sandwiches, easily eaten while driving.
        Kiddies back in school… I think that is good news to all parents 🙂

      • Your husband is lucky- my husband makes his own sandwich if he doesn’t have leftovers to bring! 🙂

  3. Mari Allen

    At what point do you add the root beer? When you put the pork into the cooker? Or after cooking for a few hours?

    Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 10:57:32 +0000 To:

    • I modified the recipe after the post initially went out because I forgot to include that detail… 🙂
      You add the root beer with the pork after it has been seasoned- right at the beginning. Super easy!

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