I feel a little frazzled right now. The remaining weeks of basketball season and the beginnings of Little League baseball are overlapping. Between the two sports, we’re busy with practices and games 6 nights a week. I’m sure I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I have only one child that I’m shuttling from practice to practice, and I know very well that there are families out there who are trying to manage their way through multiple sports and numerous children. I honestly don’t know how large families do it. I’d be frantic and exhausted.
In any case, there is little time for dinner on sport’s nights. More often than not on days like this, I turn to my slow cooker to make dinner for us– and I usually make something large enough that will give us a couple of nights of good dinners. It’s a relief to come home to “dinner already done,” and it’s a whole lot healthier than picking up fast food. My latest slow cooker recipe success: Root Beer Pulled Pork (for sandwiches).
Here’s the (very simple) how-to:
Purchase a pork roast- butt or shoulder cut, and trim of any obvious excess fat slabs.
Sprinkle on an envelope of dried onion soup mix (or some dehydrated onions).
With clean hands, rub the mix into the meat on all sides. (full disclosure: I paid my 9 year old a dollar to do this for me so I could take the picture 🙂 ) Give it a good sprinkle of salt and pepper too.
Place your seasoned roast into your slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, mix a can of root beer with a half cup of your favorite bbq sauce. I like the Jack Daniel’s brand, but Sweet Baby Rays is pretty darn good too.
Pour the root beer-BBQ sauce mixture over your pork roast. Then let it cook LOW and slow for 10 or 11 hours.
When your roast has reached an internal temperature of over 190 degrees F., the meat should pull easily apart and away from the bone. At this point you can remove the roast to a cutting board and use two forks to pull apart the meat into shreds. It then goes back into the (almost drained) slow cooker with more BBQ sauce and is left to heat for a few minutes.
Serve a good scoopful of pulled pork on a warmed bun. We like ours with potato salad (easy to make ahead) and pickles.
And you can see just how very tender this pork turns out to be. Perfect. And easy. And stress-free for those busy, busy nights 🙂
This recipe can be found here: Root Beer Pulled Pork
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