Guys…we didn’t make a Cooking Light recipe! A day ago as I was texting my wife from work asking what we were going to do about dinner, she sent back the picture to the left with the caption of, “Dinner’s on. Pulled pork, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.” Well, based on the picture alone I was pretty sold. I’m a fan of pulled pork and definitely a fan of anything with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce in it.
The wife went back to a site we use every so often for recipes, Mix and Match Mama. If you are ever in the mood for a good recipe, definitely take a look through the site. In this case, it didn’t lead us astray with this recipe.
The wife told me many times after I got home that it could not have been easier to put together. You literally throw the onion, pork, and Coke into the crock pot for 8 hours. Seriously, even I couldn’t screw that one up! That’s the great thing about crock pot meals like this one. It takes no time at all to put together and when you get home…dinner is ready.
While the pork was finishing up, the wife went ahead and put some sweet potatoes together. For this meal she cut the sweet potatoes into cubes, tossed them with some sugar and cinnamon, and threw them into the oven. Roasting veggies and potatoes in the oven is a great way to cook them while you do other things. For the sweet potatoes, we cooked them at 425 for 30 minutes (turning once). In addition to the sweet potatoes we also had some steamed broccoli. For this we just used the good ol’ steamer bags. Nothing is easier. Put the broccoli in the steamer bag, three minutes in the microwave, boom…done.
As the veggies were coming together it was time to pull out the pork. We threw the pork onto a cutting board and got to shredding. The pork fell apart so easy it was ridiculous. We barely had to touch it with a fork before it shredded for us. Of course, while we were shredding the pork we tasted it. Even without the BBQ sauce the pork was legit. It had a slightly sweet taste from the Coke and the tenderness of it was just amazing. While the recipe calls for you to discard the onions, we actually saved them and cut them into smaller pieces. We added the onions back into the crock pot along with the shredded pork and BBQ sauce. We didn’t end up measuring the BBQ sauce, but went on taste and feel. Once everything in the crock pot looked good, we got down to eating.
I have to say the sweet potatoes were a great side for the pork. The sweetness of the potatoes complimented the sweetness of the pork well. The pork itself was tasty as hell. I left off the bun to save the carbs and calories, but didn’t miss it one bit. Leaving off the bun gave me the excuse to load up on a bit more of the pulled pork. As we devoured our dinner, the wife and I couldn’t help but compliment the meal. All we kept saying was, “this is so good” and, “it was so easy to make”. These two things alone make a meal a winner in our book.
If you happen to be in the mood for some easy BBQ, then definitely give this recipe a try. It will not disappoint. The leftovers heat up well as well. We had it again tonight with sweet potato fries (sweet potatoes are the way to go here) and some shaved brussel sprouts. Since the original recipe made so much, we may be having this tomorrow night for dinner and I don’t even care. I could literally eat this with some eggs for breakfast, on a sandwich for lunch, and by the shovelful at dinner.
- 1 pork shoulder (also called pork butt or pork roast)
- 1 large onion, chopped into big chunks
- 2 cans of soda, not diet (I have used both Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper)
- 1 (12 to 18 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce (Andrea and I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
- Chopped green onions to garnish, optional
- Buns if you’re making sandwiches
- In your slow cooker, place your pork and onion pieces inside. Pour your soda on top of everything and cover and cook on high at least 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove the lid after 8 to 10 hours and the meat should be falling a part at the touch of your fork. Remove all of the meat from the slow cooker into a bowl and then drain your slow cooker of the onions and liquid. Add your meat back to the slow cooker and shred it up with two forks.
- Stir in as much of your BBQ sauce as you like. At this point, you can serve immediately or you can turn the slow cooker to the “keep warm” setting and let it stay warm up to 4 or 5 hours until you’re ready to eat.