Quick Easy Tasty Pulled Pork Recipe

Quick Easy Tasty Pulled Pork Recipe

I confess. Spending hours in the kitchen is not my thing. Julia Childs I am not! But I do like to eat. So I have learned out of necessity the many quick, easy, tasty ways to cook the foods that I like. No muss, no fuss, simple and fast.

I have always loved pulled pork sandwiches but until I discovered this recipe I thought you had to cook the pork for most of the day and watch it while it cooked. Not so. Here is the simple, quick, easy, tasty recipe I want to share with you. I call it Two-Step Quick and Easy Tasty Pulled Pork.

Only 3 Ingredients

Here is the simple, quick and easy part. You only need three ingredients to make the most moist and filled-with-flavor pulled pork you have ever tasted. Promise.

You can prepare it in a few minutes and then it cooks all by itself in a slow cooker while you catch up on your reading, writing. computing, fantasy life – whatever.

Ingredients: (enough for 6 to 8 piled-high sandwiches)

• One 2-pound pork tenderloin or pork shoulder or pork butt

• One can of root beer (12 ounces)

• One bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (I like sweet barbecue sauce so I use Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet & Spicy)

• 8 hamburger rolls or hot dog rolls if you are an iconoclast.

Directions:

Step 1 - Place the pork tenderloin or shoulder or butt in your slow cooker.

Step 2 – Pour the entire can of root beer over the meat.

Cute Pig Tricks

That’s the entire preparation – the whole deal. If you like onions, peel and cut one small onion into small pieces and place in the cooker, too.

Cover and cook in your slow cooker for 6 hours or until you can shred the pork easily with a fork.

After it has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork with a fork in each hand, and return it to the slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce all over the meat and stir it to combine. You can serve it now or keep it warm in the cooker until you are ready to eat.

Serve over hamburger rolls. You can warm them in your microwave if desired.

What did I tell you? Simple, easy and quick to prepare. And so yummy! Martha Stewart! Eat your heart out.

Bonus: Favorite Pig Joke

I was driving down this country road when I saw what looked like a pig with a wooden leg! I drove into the farmyard and said to the farmer,“I was driving by when I noticed something that I just had to stop and ask you about. Is that your pig out there with a wooden leg?”

The farmer smiled. “Oh, that would be old Romeo you saw. He’s the finest pig a man could ever hope to have – and smart! Well, let me tell you something about that pig. You see that oil well in the field? Old Romeo sniffed and sniffed and dug in the mud until crude oil began bubbling up. Now that well brings me in over $100,000 every single year.”

“He’s a hero, too. One night a few years ago, I tripped and knocked over a lamp and was knocked out cold. That started a fire in the house and old Romeo smelled the smoke. He came running in the back door, nudged the wife and kid out, woke me up, and got me out, too. No question about it – that night old Romeo saved our lives and that’s not the sort of thing a man is going to forget too easily.”

“Wow!” I said. “That’s amazing! This pig is fantastic! But tell me, how did he get that wooden leg? Was he in an accident?”

The farmer laughed and said, “Well, naturally, when you have a pig that fantastic, you know you don’t want to eat him ... all at one time!”

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Awesome and Bookmarked. Local bar-b-q's are kinda' expensive. But, this here recipe looks like it fits the bill. I've got to get a slow cooker first, so I will search the hubs for recommendations. Thanks DrBJ I'm putting this on my (Feb) vacation project list.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow I would never have thought of making a pulled pork this way before. Will give a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The joke was okay but I think the recipe will be better :) But I do like that cute little pink pig above the video.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Great recipe. Very funny and horrible story. Poor Romeo!


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia

This was a great recipe, and a joke I already knew, but laughed at nevertheless... In my country, pork is pretty much the meat we eat most commonly, along with everything you can make out of a pig. There is a true story about a farmer in a small Serbian village who killed his favorite pig by accident... It is horrible, so I thought I'd share it here:

This farmer had been out all night drinking, and got home in the small hours of the night - totally drunk and totally hungry. After he had searched his kitchen and found nothing that could satisfy his hunger, he took his knife, went to the pigsty in his backyard, grabbed the first pig he saw and cut off a part of her leg. After this, he cooked the fresh meat, ate it, and went to sleep. Naturally, the poor animal died in the following hours. In the morning when the idiot farmer woke up, he called the police saying that "some animal must have killed his favorite pig the night before by biting off a part of her leg"! If only there had been someone to make a wooden leg for this pig...


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

My mouth is watering!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

It looks Yummy! But, can I change the pork with beef or chicken? I can't eat pork. Thank you very much. Have a nice day!

Prasetio


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

This is so easy! Didn't know it could be prepared in this way. Thanks for another yummy temptation!


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ithabise 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

A most delightful hub! The recipe is very simple and delicious-sounding; the joke was funny; and the video was cute. Thanks for a refreshingly good hub!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

HaHaHaHa, Poor Romeo..No kidding--I can make this- sounds good- I love B-q- pork..

Oink...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, tsmog. You are on the mark. A steady diet of barbecue restaurant pulled pork is hard on the pocketbook. But with this recipe you beat the system, save money, and best of all - know exactly what is IN that sandwich! Thanks for the awesome and bookmark - any time. BTW, I added the best value slow cooker I could find which happens to be the same one I use.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

drbj - I'll have to try the root beer trick. I usually use orange juice. Interesting with pork or a nice beef brisket. I am a bit of a Julia Childs in jockey shorts.

The Frog


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh, we are birds of the same feathers. The kitchen is also not my thing. There are many other things I like more. My recipes are all easy and simple - stews-a-la-Martie's. Whatever. Your Pulled Pork looks absolutely delicious! I'll serve mine on rice. I just need to know WTH root beer is?

What a shocking joke! I could not believe my eyes. Now what do you call that farmer? An insipid or stupid pig?

The piggy in the video is too cute :)

As always, drbj, this visit in your corner was a sheer pleasure and I've done the piggy-wiggy-tweets on all your buttons :))


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Susan. That's what I thought when I first found this recipe - who would have thought of making pulled pork with root beer? Do try it, you'll like it. I know, the 3-legged pig may not have been my best joke. I'll try to do better. Believe me, the recipe is way better than the joke. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, christopher. Thanks for visiting my first recipe hub. I'm sure you will enjoy pulled pork made this way. Sorry about the horrible story but I thought it was funny in a macabre sort of way. After I visited that farmer, I notified the SPCA. They removed Romeo and he has been adopted by a loving family ... who signed documents agreeing not to eat him!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Nemanja. Pork is one of my favorite foods and I already know how popular it is in your country. I had the pleasure of visiting your part of the world back in the day when all the republics were united ... more or less. The people I met were helpful and friendly and the scenery spectacular.

Enjoy the recipe and thanks for laughing at an old, very old joke. Thanks for sharing that sad but utterly believable story. Poor pig. I'll end with my very favorite saying which I learned from you: "Lako je tudjim kur...em gloginje mlatiti." :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, bp. Your mouth is watering? Quickly - run to the supermarket and buy the pork roast and root beer and barbecue sauce posthaste. Then follow this easy, simple recipe to alleviate your problem. Go ahead ... I'll wait!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, pras. Yes, this receipe is yummy. Trust me. And using beef instead of pork will also work. You can use one of the cheaper cuts of beef, too. Thanks for dropping by. Hope your week is wonderful!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, rsusan, I had no clue that pulled pork could be made this simple, easy way. And root beer? Who would have thunk it? Thank you for visiting. Enjoy your yummy, as you say, temptation!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Ithabise - what a perfect name for a writer with your point of view (as expressed in your well written profile).

Thank you for finding this hub delightful, the recipe simple and delicious, the joke funny, and the video cute. You're my kind of follower!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Somehow I already knew, Ruby, that you were a fellow barbecue pork lover. And you will like this recipe. It really makes a delicious dish. Thanks for the three 'Ha's.' And the 'oink.' I didn't know you speak pig, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, the picture you conjure up for me, Jim. Julia Childs in jockey shorts? Love it.

Thank you for stopping by. You'll have to try the root beer version. Guarantee you will like it. I would try your orange juice suggestion but citrus doesn't treat me kindly. Also, OJ is getting a really bad rap these days in the news. The juice that is, not The JUICE!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

If there is one thing I adore more than a visit from you, my dear Martie, it is having all my buttons piggy-wiggy tweeted. Thank you, m'luv.

What a great idea to serve pulled pork on rice! I'm gonna try it. Thanks for the suggestion. Root beer is sometimes called birch beer. It's similar to cola drinks. If it's not available, any cola will do.

Yes, that stupid farmer was a stupid farmer. I thought it could only be a joke. Then nemanja commented above about a true-to-life similar story. What a world!

The piggy video is one of my favortes; glad you liked it, too. But then I knew you would. Signed, Bird-of-a-Feather


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

It sounds yummy!!! The bonus joke is indeed very funny! I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Thelma. You are spot on. The recipe sounds yummy and it IS yummy. Guaranteed. Delighted you enjoyed the funny bonus pig joke and thanks for taking time to comment.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Mmm looks and sounds delicious;so another to vote up up ad away and also to bookmark in with my favouriote recipes.

Take care

Eddy.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

A bookmark with your own favorite recipes, Eddy? And an Up? To what greater honor could I aspire? Thank you, mdear. You take care, too.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago

what is root beer, drbj? I will try this if I find out - thankyou


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, pd. Root beer is similar to cola and is sometimes called birch beer in the states. But not to worry. This tasty recipe works just as well with cola. Either Coke or Pepsi. And you are very welcome.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi drbj, this looks really good. I did a twist on this on New Years. I slow cooked a shoulder for 12 hours, covered with aluminum foil, at 300 degrees F. Towards the end, I used some BBQ sauce which I mixed in with ketchup and honey. The following day I heated some of the meat and made a really good sandwich. Some of my family ate it as well and they liked it quite a bit.

Great hub, now I'm hungry. Voted up

John


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Looks like you are quite an accomplished cook, John. Your method of BBQ slow cooking seems to have produced excellent results for you, your family and everyone but the 'shoulder.' Thanks for visiting and happy barbequeing.


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

An interesting recipe. How did you decide to use root beer instead of another type of soda?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, rj. What a GREAT question! I used root beer (insert dramatic drum roll here) because I was out of Coke - cola, that is. And discovered that the barbeque taste was even more intriguing with the root beer substitution.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This sounds much easier than the Emeril method ive been using....it took me forever to figure out that you might use a pork butt or a pork shoulder! Lol lol.

I saw a dog with only two front legs and the people fixed it up a little two wheel cart to pull so he could walk....hope it's not like the pig story! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Drbj - Just wanted to let you know - I shared this on my FB and a friend Missey Selvatica from Mexico asked if she could share it on her recipe blog! I told her I was sure you would love that....so it is officially international for sure:) lol


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree with you, Kelly. My attention span is not sufficient to follow Emeril completely. That's why I like recipes that are simple and quick - like me. You will note that I omitted 'easy'.

I, too, have seen photos of small paraplegic dogs in two-wheeled carts. Do hope that is a result of kind owners, not hungry ones!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Kelly, for sharing this recipe on FB, and I have no problem with anyone using it on a blog as long as they print it in its entirety with my name and copyright. Officially international, eh? What a thrill!


shyrl 4 years ago

hmmm... it looks so yummy ... :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I love this Dr. BJ and so darn easy too! I must try it. Anything that can sit in a crock pot all by itself sound great to me. Thanks!!!!!! I am gonna share this too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Drbj - I am going to try it this weekend:)


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agreenworld 4 years ago from CT-USA

Sounds very tasty. Pulled pork does not have to be an all day process. Good job on simplifying the recipe.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, shyrl. You are so right. It looks so yummy because it IS so yummy. Try it. You'll love it.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Sharon. You will love the taste of pulled pork cooked this way, too. I love easy recipes also and this one is a winner. The slow cooker does all the work, not the cook. Thanks for finding it and sharing it, m'luv.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Enjoy your pulled pork, Kelly, but keep your windows closed. Otherwise the tantalizing aroma will alert your neighbors and they will be gathered on your doorstep pleading for scraps.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, a greenworld. What an eco-friendy avatar. You are spot on. That's what I love about this recipe. Pulled pork does NOT have to be an all-day process with this simplified tasty recipe. Thanks for the visit.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I am SOOOO gonna try this recipe!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Be my guest, Lilleyth, DOOOO try this delicious pulled pork recipe. You will love it. Promise. Thanks for visiting.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I can't believe I missed this one! This is my pulled pork sauce recipe, based on the South Carolina sauce:

1 tblsp white sugar

2 cup white vinegar

½ cup balsamic vinegar

1 tblsp blackstrap molasses

1 tblsp brown sugar

2 tblsp Louisiana hot sauce

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tblsp garlic salt

1 tsp cayenne pepper

½ cup mustard

½ cup ketchup

Blend and mix well with smoked pork to taste. Bottle remaining sauce and place on table.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Well, Will, even though you know I like to take the easy route when it comes to cooking, I will try this yummy-looking sauce recipe you provided for pulled pork since you took the time to post it. Promise.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Hi drbj, we don’t have root beer in Mexico, what would be the best substitution?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, claudia, nice to meet you. If root beer is not available, use cola instead; Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola or any other cola beverage. Your pulled pork will taste just as great. Promise.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Great drbj, I am happy to know that I can still make your recipe because the pulled pork sandwich at the top of this hub looks delicious! Thanks.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

I am always looking for shortcuts that do not leave the flavor out of a dish. I have tried this and it delivers all you say it will in your hub. Thank you very sharing it with us. I know I had heard that joke long ago but it's one of those that every time I hear it, I still chuckle. Cute bonus.

I have shared this hub in one I have written about making pulled pork as well in Pulled Pork Made in a Slow Cooker. I have pinned this as well.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, pstraubie, for letting me know that this recipe delivered all that I wrote it would. Delighted you enjoyed it and thanks for chuckling at the bonus joke. Thank you also for sharing this hub. If you give me your url for your pulled pork hub I will be happy to link this one to it.

And thanks for the pin, too. Anyone this perceptive who also has a sense of humor I have to follow. So I did!


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

being a resident of the great state of North Carolina, the home of pulled pork BBQ, I give this five Y'ALL THAT'S YUMMIES UP! :-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I have heard, Chris, that North Carolina boasts of some of the finest pulled pork BBQ in the States. One day I will put that to the test. Thanks for the hub-hopping, m'dear, and the five yummy Ups.

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