Slow Cooked Root beer BBQ Pulled Pork
- 1 (4 to 5 pound) boneless pork butt or shoulder roast
- INGREDIENTS FOR THE RUB:
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 2 teaspoons Black pepper
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoons onion powder or instead use onion quarters in the bottom of the slow cooker
- INGREDIENTS FOR BOTTOM OF THE SLOW COOKER
- 1 1/2 to 2 cans pop (I used Root beer but Dr. Pepper or Coke will also work)
- 3 packed tablespoons brown sugar
- INGREDIENTS FOR THE BBQSAUCE
- 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce (my favorite is Sweet Baby Rays)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
- Mix rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
For the Slow Cooker:
- If using onion quarters, start by placing the onion quarters in the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Rub the top of the pork with the rub, and then place on top of the onions.
- Crack open the cans of pop and pour around the sides of the roast.
- Take a fork and mix in the 3 packed tablespoons of brown sugar. Stir to mix pop and sugar together around the roast.
- Cover with a lid and Cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Turn to LOW and cook for 6 to 8 additional hours, or until very fork tender.
- Remove roast and discard visible fat and juices and shred completely with a fork. Return to the slow cooker and Add BBQ sauce.
- Cover and cook on low until sauce and meat is heated through. Serve as is, or on warm split sandwich buns or wrapped in warm tortillas.
For the Oven:
- OVEN: Follow rub directions above then Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Cover the heavy pot and cook for about 6 hours. Flip the roast over 2 or 3 times during cooking time. The roast should be Fork Tender when it’s done.
- Remove the meat from the pot, discard fat and juice you don’t want. Shred the tender pork with a fork, and place back into warm pot.
- Add additional BBQ sauce, mix with pork and warm until heated through.
- Serve as is, or on warm split sandwich buns or wrapped in warm tortillas
- To make the sauce, stir barbecue sauce, water, brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cook 5 to 10 minutes. Pour over meat.