Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pulled Pork with Root Beer

Earlier today, we made a pork roast with root beer. We bought a fatty shoulder butt roast from Target. WE USUALLY DO A PORK LOIN, AND WE SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH THAT - THIS BUTT ROAST WAS SO FATTY THAT IT WAS A LOT OF WORK. Oh well. Now we know.

Butt roast.  Hee hee.
This butt roast was $4 off because it was about to expire. So a 4.5 lb roast for $7.

Butt roast in the crock.
In the crockpot.

Crock ready to go.
Covered in seasoning salt and an onion. About to be doused in root beer.

In goes a bottle of root beer.
In goes a bottle of root beer. 

I cooked it on low for about 2 hours, and then on high for about 2 more hours. So 4 hours later, it looked like this:

Root beer pork roast.
Ugly, fatty, but tasty!

Shredding root beer pork roast.
Shredded pork back in the crock, fat chucks in upper left of jelly roll pan,
shredding meat in the middle, and juices with onions in the bowl to the right.

The fatty roast was a pain to shred. I put all the shredded pork back in the crock, cut up about 3/4 of the onions and added them, and poured in 1/2 to 3/4 of the liquid. I also added some salt and a little more seasoning. After 30 more minutes on low, it was juicy and flavorful:

Shredded root beer pork roast.
Finished root beer pork roast!

Like I mentioned at the top, we should have done this with a loin as we've done in the past. This shoulder butt roast was a bit too fatty and much more work. In the past we made a loin much like this with root beer, and once we made BBQ root beer pulled pork that was tasty too.

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