Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

 I know what your thinking.....What is she thinking?? Shredded pork and Dr. Pepper? Trust me on this one. Us southerners love to throw a can of soda in things. It works. This recipe is adapted from The Pioneer Woman. I just love her. She's one of my best friends, she just doesn't know it yet. This recipe makes a really flavorful and juicy roast. This can be made for sandwiches or serve it up like I did, in a tortilla with all your favorite toppings.


  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 1 whole Pork Shoulder ("pork Butt") - 5 To 7 Pounds
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
  • 2 cans Dr. Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.
Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.
Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it’s not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.
Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Now the original recipe said to put the meat back into the sauce, however, the sauce is SPICY. Some may like it as is. Since the kids were eating this to, I just put a little of the sauce on the meat and tossed to coat. Taste the sauce and determine how much you want on it. The meat is so tender and flavorful without any sauce as well.
Serve on warm flour tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and whatever else you’d like.

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