Nate loves pulled pork and this recipe could not be any easier. I have had this saved in my allrecipes.com recipe box for a quite a while since it has gotten such rave reviews, but I loathe root beer so I was hesitant to try it. The I realized I could just make it with coke! The pork was very tender and shredded easily.
You can use your favorite bottled BBQ sauce with the pulled pork, but I had some extra time the day I made this, so I decided to try the Neely’s BBQ sauce from Food Network. I am not sure how I feel about the show Down Home with the Neely’s, the only episode I have seen was the one where they made barbecue spaghetti with this barbecue sauce recipe. The BBQ sauce was very good, a little bit spicy for me, but I am kind of a wuss. Next time I will probably decrease the amount of pepper slightly.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle root beer (I used coke)
- 1 (18 ounce) bottle your favorite barbecue sauce (I used Neely’s BBQ sauce, recipe below)
- 8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
Poke holes in the tenderloin with a fork, season with salt and pepper. Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours. Note: the actual length of time may vary according to individual slow cooker. Drain well. Stir in barbecue sauce. Serve over hamburger buns.
Neely’s BBQ Sauce
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cooked uncovered, stirring frequently, for 2 hours.