Root Beer Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

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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.

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