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
- Generously season the meat with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker. Add root beer.
- Cover, and cook until the meat is very tender and falling apart, about 8 hours on low (or on high for about 6 hours).
- Remove meat from cooking liquid and shred meat using two forks.
- Place in a bowl and mix with barbecue sauce of choice. Keep warm.
- Serve on brioche or other sandwich rolls.