Monday, February 24, 2014

New Family Fave...SO Easy!

Thanks to Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches  posted on Six Sisters' Stuff, we have a new addition to the list of favorite meals around here.  The family has requested it be a weekly dinner-- with plenty of leftovers for impromptu meals and snacks at other times.

With prior fails, I am still wary of Crock-Pot recipes.  But recent successes have made me braver at trying new ones.  

No Crock-Pot?  No worries.  See note at the end of this post.
This recipe was just too intriguing --with "Root Beer" in the title (yum!)-- and too easy --with only 3 ingredients and relatively no prep-- to pass up.

I threw 2 pork sirloin tip roasts (from Costco @ $1.99/pound), totaling just over 4 pounds, into my Crock-Pot.  I then poured in 12 ounces of root beer, and turned the crockpot to low for 7 or 8 hours.

After that time, following the directions given by Six Sisters, I removed the pork (for the most part, in pieces, because it was so well cooked and tender), and discarded the root beer.  

I shredded the pork and returned it to the now empty Crock-Pot  then stirred in 18 ounces of our favorite (**no-high-fructose-corn-syrup) barbecue sauceStubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce.   It seemed a little drier than I wanted, so I changed the original recipe here, by adding approximately 1/2 cup of water to the empty bottle to swirl out any remaining sauce, and adding all to the pork mixture.

Inspired by the new Beef Brisket Sandwich at Costco, I served this on a toasted (homemade) bun spread with mayo, plus shredded cabbage and carrot mixture. (Prepared cole slaw, as served on the Beef Brisket Sandwich, would work, too.)  This adds a fresh and crisp element to the sandwich, as well as being a good way to sneak in some healthy veggies.

I am not a huge pork fan, nor a big fan of barbecue sauce. I figured it would be OK for my barbecue-sauce-loving family, even if I chose to make it only for nights I wasn't going to be able to be home for dinner.  As it turns out, I don't have to save this for nights I'm away.  I love it, too!!  --Better yet, it makes for a decent meal to take my dad, and he, who rarely comments about what I serve him, said, "You sure make a dandy burger!"  :-D

If you don't have a Crock-Pot, you can still make this recipe.  I had 4 roasts I needed to cook in one day, and wanted some pork mixture to freeze for quick meals when needed by athletes and those who work during dinner hours.  So I put 2 of the roasts in the Crock-Pot  and the remaining 2, with root beer, into my 6-quart porcelain lined cast iron pot, put on the lid, and did the slow cooking in the oven at 275 degrees for the same 7 to 8 hour span.  (Same method I used for Beer-Onion Soup Mix Pot Roast.)  At the 5 to 6-hour point, the roasts looked a little dry on top, so I turned them over.  After cooking, I discarded the root beer, shred the meat, and added the barbecue sauce, as above.

**Note to myself and to others concerned with this issue: 
I made the effort to find a barbecue sauce without high fructose corn syrup, but the root beer I used, and also, the ketchup I've always used to make my homemade barbecue sauce both have high fructose corn syrup.  Time to find new brands for both.


  1. Ok now this is something I love!
    I could seriously go for pulled pork sandwiches. Like you, I like cooking it in the crockpot.
    Never gave much thought to HFCS though. Now I am wondering if this is something I need to check out.
    Our fave pork?
    Uh, well- I toss in some onion of course and bell pepper if we have it - always some garlic! Then I sprinkle with cayenne , cumin,and paprika.
    After pulling the pork apart we make wraps with tortillas and all our favorite toppings. My personal fave is avocado with a little lemon and a pinch is sea salt over it, leafy lettuce and a dollop of sour cream!
    So many ways to eat pulled pork!
    Of course-- we do like pizza too. Though I've never tried to make it at home- and don't think I could hold a candle to your pizza experience! ;)

  2. Heinz does ketchup that is HFCS free. It's called Simply Heinz. Their Heinz Organic is also HFCS free. We actually prefer the Simply Heinz. Can't help with the BBQ sauce or the root beer, since they both have ingredients that can be wheat-based (caramel color, modified food starch,natural flavor, and natural smoke flavor) and we can't do those here. I make my own BBQ sauce, and we just don't do soda any more. :\

    1. We never do soda, so I just have to buy it especially for this. The first time, I went for flavor and time I'll be more careful. Thanks for the heads up on the Simply Heinz! There it was...right in the ketchup section, and I never noticed. :)

  3. Thanks so much for the link to the recipe! My family loves pulled pork and this is such an easy recipe!

    Happy day to you friend!

  4. This reminds me of the old CocaCola and Jack Daniels spare rib recipes.

    I have a from-scratch ketchup based North Carolina bbq sauce that's easy to make and has no high fructose corn syrup. It's tangy and slightly spicy. Glad to share if you like. -- Jane

    1. I would always appreciate a new recipe! I have made my own that didn't have corn syrup as an ingredient, but it included ketchup that had high fructose corn syrup.


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