Father's Day is around the corner and in honor of the very talented Mr. Exquisitely Unremarkable, I have decided to share his world famous (well almost...it's famous at our address) pulled pork recipe!
I have to admit, that I had nothing to do with this delicious looking meal. To be very honest, I don't really like to cook. I would rather clean and decorate the house than prepare dinner. I just don't enjoy the process.
In fact, last year, I took a quick survey on the blog and Facebook. I wanted to know what you would prefer, a housekeeper or a personal chef. I stood firmly in the chef camp. I stand by my vote today.
However, Father's Day only comes around once a year and they do say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach...so I am willing to take on kitchen duty for the day. Besides, if I follow his directions, we will have a yummy meal and, with very minimal effort, I will look like a culinary champ.
Keep in mind that things are "added to taste" and measurements are not very precise, so I guess this is more of a guideline than a recipe, but either way, here's what you need:
Approximately three pounds of boneless pork loin butt/shoulder (meat with some fat on it is more flavorful)
Rub meat with a light mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, minced onion and oregano. Add honey, maybe two tablespoons, on top. He also drizzles about one teaspoon of olive oil over the meat. Feel free to add any other spices you like, or substitute as desired.
Place the meat in the crock pot. Cutting the meat into smaller chunks will help it to cook faster. Add just enough root beer to cover the top of the meat. If you buy a two liter, you will use about half the bottle and have some leftover to drink with your meal! The root beer gives the meat a smoky flavor, a slightly darker color and a bit of sweetness.
When the meat is thoroughly cooked, about 5 hours on high, remove it from the juice and place it in a bowl or dish with sides. Using two forks, shred the pork.
Once shredded, add a bit of the liquid from the crock pot and several teaspoons of BBQ sauce to taste and mix well.
That's it, that's all there is to it! We like ours best on a potato roll with lettuce and a dollop of coleslaw. It makes a great sandwich...and when done right, your finished product should look like this! ;)
Happy Father's Day! Will you be cooking?
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