Thursday, June 30, 2011

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches {Crock Pot Version}

One thing we love here in Texas is BBQ. I can eat BBQ sandwiches pretty much any way whether its BBQ brisket or BBQ pork. My favorite by far is Root Beer Pulled Pork. It's easy to make because this recipe utilizes your crock pot and it's so yummy to eat.

You pretty much just toss everything in the crock pot and let it do its magic. This is the perfect meal for these hot summer days. I like to add root beer to my pulled pork because it makes a tasty sweet and tangy sauce.


I don't shred all of the pork because I like a few big chunks in my pulled pork sandwiches. This time I served my pulled pork on Ciabatta Rolls, but any roll will do. Pair this wonderful BBQ Sandwich with your favorite baked bean and potato salad recipe to complete your meal.

I think this recipe would work perfectly for the upcoming 4Th of July Holiday. Lets get started and I will show you just how easy this pulled pork recipe is to make.


These are the ingredients you will need: Root beer, yellow label syrup, liquid smoke, BBQ sauce, onion, pork rub and garlic.



Rub two tables spoons pork rub all over making sure to cover the whole pork roast. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Get the pan nice and hot and then add the roast. Sear the pork roast on all sides.

Remove the roast from the pan and add to a crock pot. Add the onion, garlic, one teaspoon of liquid smoke and one cup of root beer. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

When done remove the roast from the crock pot and discard the liquid and onions. Let the roast cool and shred the pork into pieces using two forks. Return the shredded meat to the crock pot.

Stir in the remaining one cup of root beer, BBQ sauce, yellow label syrup and remaining teaspoon of liquid smoke; stir to combine. Cook on low an additional hour.


Serve on hamburger buns, rolls or hoagies. Don't forget to add your favorite side dishes. I am also including a link to my favorite potato salad recipe.







Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 - 1 to 3 pound pork roast - I used a 1 1/2 lb pork sirloin tip roast
2 - tablespoons grill mates pork rub
2 - cups root beer
1 - small onion, cubed
2 - cloves garlic, chopped
2 - teaspoons liquid smoke
2 - tablespoons Yellow Label Syrup (Found at Walmart)
1 - 18 oz bottle Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce or use your favorite

Directions:
Rinse the pork roast off with water and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub two tables spoons pork rub all over making sure to cover the whole pork roast.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Get the pan nice and hot and then add the roast.

Sear the pork roast on all sides. Remove the roast from the pan and add to a crock pot. Add the onion, garlic, one teaspoon of liquid smoke and one cup of root beer.

Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours. When done remove the roast from the crock pot and discard the liquid and onions.

 Let the roast cool and then shred the pork into pieces using two forks. Return the shredded meat to the crock pot.

Add the remaining one cup of root beer, BBQ sauce, yellow label syrup and remaining teaspoon of liquid smoke and stir to combine.

Cook the shredded meat an additional hour on low. Serve on hamburger buns, rolls or hoagies.


Substitute for Yellow Label Syrup: Karo, Cane or Moonshine syrup. Molasses, brown sugar or even honey can also be used. The Yellow Label Syrup just gives the pulled pork a touch of sweetness.

29 comments:

The Country Cook said... #

I've made root beer pulled pork before (which I love) but I've never heard of the yellow label syrup. I gotta try that!!

Anonymous said... #

Up in the north (Cleveland), you can't find yellow syrup. Any substitute you recommend?

mandyloo said... #

why thank you !!!! We were just discussing this Monday !

Denise P. said... #

I would really like to try the Root Beer Pulled Pork but I have searched for the yellow syrup online and cannot get it in my area. Can you recommend a substitute ? It can be ordered online but I would prefer local if possible. Thanks for your time. : )

Bev said... #

We love crockpot bbq pork sandwiches, never have used root beer before but sounds yummy.

Leslie said... #

What a delicious recipe! We love bbq around here in Ky, too! I see that you use Sweet Baby Ray's (yum!) and I think the addition of root beer sounds great.

Happy 4th!!!

Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen said... #

If you cannot find yellow label syrup you can substitute with karo or cane syrup. Or you can just leave it out and maybe add a bit of brown sugar. The syrup just adds a touch of sweetness.

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said... #

This recipe sounds great. My favorite store-bought bbq sauce has always been Sweet Baby Ray's! The addition of root beer is great too. I make a homemade bbq sauce using diet root beer...

Ott, A. said... #

I've made this exact same recipe in my crock pot and love (not like) LOVE it!!!

Susie said... #

thanks for posting this - I'm looking forward to trying it. I've never heard of using root beer before. I'm thinking of trying a substitute for yellow label syrup, unless you have other ways to use it that you can recommend.

April said... #

Root Beer... I bet that "would" taste good in BBQ pork. My family also *hearts* Sweet Baby Ray's, so I will definitely be trying this recipe.

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Anonymous said... #

I tried a four ingredient root beer pulled pork recipe last week but yours looks much better!
Karen

Alice.smshindi said... #

I can't cook the food, but will ask my mom to make it.. :)

Love said... #

After reading the recipes on your blog, I tried to cook it once, it was yummy, but not like as it shown in pictures here.

Anonymous said... #

we don't have Yellow Label in Nebraska, can I use something else??

Anonymous said... #

I really don't like rootbeer, is there a strong taste? Sounds heavelny except for the rootbeer :)

Lynn's Life said... #

or u can use molasses instead of corn syrup. that would work well with the root beer!

Loretta said... #

We don't eat pork but I'm wondering if the same recipe would work for chicken (substituting the pork rub with chicken rub). I think I'll try it & let you know, just in case you haven't tried it.

GoldenSpur44 said... #

I served this to my Texan husband last night and he loved it! Keep the great recipes comin'!

concrete polishing said... #

thanks a lot for this blog and also for the recipe

Darcy Sullivan said... #

This sounds delicious! It is definately on my list to try. I usually just use regular barbeque sauce. Who would ever think of Rootbeer? But you definately cant go wrong with rootbeer!! Thanks Tina!

GOD*DOES*MIRACLES said... #

I have this in the crock pot right now :) I boiled the meat last night and shredded it, so I won't have as much crockpot time ;) But my kitchen smells soooo great right now :) Thank you for sharing

thebairs said... #

Can i use beef in is recipe?

Anonymous said... #

What type/cut of pork roast works the best?

Tina Butler said... #

I use sirloin tip roasts, but a boston pork butt would be good too.

@thebairs, I am sure you can substitute with beef and have no problems. A beef brisket would be good.

Lisa Phillips said... #

We also use the Pork Sirlion Tip Roast for this recipe. Also, we don't have a Walmart close by so I found "LYLE'S GOLDEN SYRUP" at New Seasons Market. Same thing as the Yellow Syrup in this recipe! So so good!

Lisa Phillips said... #

We don't have a Walmart close by and I did not want to use Karo, brown sugar, Molasses, etc., so I found "LYLE'S GOLDEN SYRUP" at our local Organic food store (New Seasons). It's the same thing as the Yellow syrup. Yum! This recipe is so good. Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said... #

This is outstanding. I don't add any additional sweetener as we find it sewer enough. I have also used a "ginger root beer with stevia. It's a great recipe. Thank you. I'm in Calgary, Canada and have only found sweet baby rays BBQ sauce in Walmart or Safeway.

Joanne Sodano said... #

I used a 10 lb. Boston Pork Butt and doubled the recipe. The Root Beer Pulled Pork was so delicious. My entire family loved it and kept going back for more. This is definitely a keeper in my house!