Saturday, March 9, 2013

Recipe #27: Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These sandwiches are so easy and so delicious. If we ever need a simple but yummy meal, especially on the weekends, these are a great choice! We've also made them for football tailgates.

Original recipe is here.

*1 pork tenderloin (2 lbs)
*12 oz of root beer
*your favorite BBQ sauce
*hamburger buns

For the pork tenderloin, I usually just buy the little tube of pork. I think it might be Hormel brand? I can't recall for sure. Once that is thawed, place it in the crock pot. Pour root beer over the pork. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. In my experiences, 6 to 6.5 hours usually does the trick. Once the pork is cooked, remove it from the crock pot and shred. Mix with your favorite BBQ sauce; spread pork on buns and dinner is served! Our favorite buns are the King's Hawaiian buns (very lightly toasted). I love the sweetness of them, and it's a great blend with the pork.

When I first read this recipe, I thought it was crazy for putting the root beer in. I don't like root beer, and I didn't want my pulled pork sandwich tasting like root beer. Believe me - it doesn't! It keeps the meat pretty moist and the pork retains its flavor very well, with no hint of root beer (in my opinion!). Also, I do not use as much BBQ sauce as the original recipe calls for. I use less to our taste, as I don't like for the sandwiches to be dripping with sauce.

Whenever I made this for tailgating, I made the pork a day in advance, and then put it in a large foil pan. At the tailgate, we just put the foil pan over the grill to heat, and then served. It still tasted fresh and had great flavor!

Sorry - I don't have a good picture of this one. But believe me, it's worth it! Good luck!!