Fall is the season of slow cookers, cozy sweatshirts, and football games. There is a unique twist on a classic recipe by using the popular adult beverage Not Your Father’s Root Beer for this pulled pork recipe.
Toss it in the crock-pot to make a sweet and savory dish just right for serving at your next football party or drag your slow cooker down to the tailgating party. If you want, you can even freeze this recipe into smaller portions for quick and easy meals whenever you want.
The alcohol in the root beer cooks out while leaving the meat so tender that it can literally be torn apart with your bare hands.
Even if you opt for a cheaper cut of meat to make sure you get the most value for your money, there will still be a distinct flavor left behind that is suitable for serving to a crowd.
To add plenty of flavor and create your own twist to this slow cooker pulled pork. The recipe works well with a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, but you can substitute any barbecue sauce you enjoy. To really enhance the taste, I recommend making your own homemade barbecue sauce. Try one of my BBQ sauce recipes below:
If you want this root beer pulled pork recipe to have a bit of a kick, you can add red pepper flakes to make it just the right amount of spicy.
Make your own crockpot pulled pork
:: 4lb Pork Roast
:: 1/2 Bottle Not Your Father’s Root Beer
:: Bbq Sauce
Not Your Fathers Pulled Pork
Begin by preparing the succulent pork roast for slow cooking. Gently place the pork roast into the welcoming confines of your trusty crockpot, ensuring it sits comfortably and promises to transform into tender perfection.
Now, it’s time to introduce a touch of flavorful magic. Open the bottle of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, a delightful concoction of rich, nuanced flavors, and pour precisely half of its effervescent contents over the poised pork roast, letting the liquid cascade and envelop the meat in a symphony of taste.
With this union of pork and root beer complete, set the crockpot’s temperature to low, allowing the patient journey towards culinary bliss to commence. A generous 8 hours of slow, gentle cooking await, promising to infuse every fiber of the pork with the essence of the root beer’s unique character.
As the hours pass and the kitchen fills with the tantalizing aroma of simmering pork, the moment of transformation arrives. Armed with a trusty fork, gently delve into the tender depths of the now succulent roast. The meat yields effortlessly, strands parting to reveal its succulent, melt-in-the-mouth tenderness.
With the shredded pork now eagerly awaiting its final flourish, it’s time to introduce a classic companion – a velvety coat of your favorite BBQ sauce. Gently drizzle or generously smother, letting the sauce intertwine with the meat, imparting a harmonious medley of smoky, tangy notes that promise a symphony of flavors.
The culmination of your culinary endeavor is at hand. Tender, flavorful shreds of pork, bathed in the embrace of rich BBQ sauce, await their moment of glory. Prepare a plate of soft, welcoming buns, poised to cradle this masterpiece of taste.
Gently ladle the saucy, shredded pork onto the awaiting buns, ensuring each morsel finds its place, nestled within the confines of the bread. The culmination of flavors, textures, and aromas is a testament to the artistry that has unfolded in your kitchen.
With plates assembled and appetites aroused, it’s time to savor the fruits of your labor. Each bite delivers a symphony of taste, the marriage of tender pork, effervescent root beer, and smoky BBQ sauce dancing on the palate. Close your eyes, savor, and let the culinary journey linger in your memory. Enjoy this delectable creation, knowing it’s a masterpiece born from your hands and heart.
Serve this pulled pork with
The possibilities for serving these sandwiches are truly endless, and you can serve them as regular pulled pork sandwiches as well. In our family, we like to make kid-sized sliders by sprinkling this on Hawaiian sweet rolls.
I think a sweetbread makes a really nice complement to this recipe for pulled pork. Add these to your favorite game-day sides like Baked Mac and Cheese or baked beans.
Pulled pork goes great with things like onion rings and french fries along with some of your favorite cookout side dishes like potato salad.