For some reason her recipe intrigued me, and I'm NOT even a Dr. Pepper fan. I just had to make it.
Off I went to my local grocery store to buy a pork shoulder butt (yes that's what they called it). I had a discussion with the butcher about whether or not I wanted a pork shoulder or a pork butt. It seems that semantics may be important here and regional variations may occur, so be careful about the cut of pork you buy. He assured me I was buying the right cut for pulled pork and home I went.
If you take a look at The Pioneer Woman's recipe you'll see that she recommends cooking the pork butt in a Dutch oven for many hours at 300 degrees F. Rebel that I am, I decided to try it in my slow cooker. You might think that I made this decision because I am a crock pot aficionado. I am not. I rarely use my slow cooker. For some reason, I got it in my head that this would be a perfect recipe for my slow cooker though. Go figure!
Let's see how I did with this recipe, shall we?
The ingredient list is a simple one. I made a couple of little tweaks to the original recipe.
- one 7.5 ounce can chipotle in adobo sauce, pureed
- 2 cans Dr. Pepper
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- salt and pepper
Season the pork butt generously with salt and pepper. Set aside. Cut the onion into large chunks and place in the bottom of the crock pot. Chop the garlic and add it to the crock pot.
|Onion and Garlic|
|Add the Seasoned Pork|
Puree the chipotle in adobo sauce and pour it over the pork.
|Add the Pureed Chipotle in Adobo|
Next pour the two cans of Dr. Pepper into the crock pot. Add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
Cover the slow cooker and turn it on at the low setting. Cook for 8 to 10 hours, or until the pork pulls easily apart. One indicator that the pork is ready is that you will be able to easily pull the single bone away from the meat and remove it from the pot. I was easily able to remove the bone after exactly 8 hours of slow cooking.
|Remove The Bone|
Next, remove the pork from the sauce onto a board or a pan where you will be able to shred the meat. I used a ceramic pie plate. Using two forks, pull the meat apart. Discard any pieces of fat. At this point it should pull apart very easily. If not, return it to the pot and cook for another hour or two.
|Shred the Pork|
We made pulled pork sandwiches piled high with the pork, cole slaw and sliced pickles. Oh, boy, were they ever good. This is a delicious and easy recipe. While it takes a long time to make, the effort level is really minimal. Leftovers can be frozen, so you'll have multiple meals from one pork butt.
Do you want to give this recipe a try? Click the link for the Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. or the Just One Donna printable Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.
This is a keeper...