BBQ Pork Sandwiches

If you are like me, there is usually a little holiday cooking burnout the week following a major holiday.  If you are lucky enough to have leftover ham in the refrigerator you may want to fix some fried rice for dinner – that’s our favorite way to use it.

If you don’t have leftovers but are looking for an easy, no fuss dinner today’s recipe is just for you.

It only involves a few ingredients and it is done in the crock pot – how’s that for easy!    Put  BBQ Pork Sandwiches on the menu this week.

Look for an inexpensive cut of pork – I use a pork roast, pork shoulder or pork carnitas.  What ever is the cheapest that week.  After all that holiday food shopping your budget could probably use a bit of a rest this week too.

Just pop that piece of meat (I used 4 lbs.) into the crock pot with a little seasoning of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion salt and dry mustard and 2 1/2 C of root beer.  Let it cook on low for about 5- 6 hours or so or until it pulls apart nicely.

Drain off the liquid and shred the meat.  Pour BBQ sauce over the meat and then return to the crockpot and allow to cook for about one more hour.

Serve it up on a bun and top it with a little more BBQ sauce.

One thing I don’t like about BBQ sandwiches is they can get a little soggy thus making them hard to eat.  To help prevent this I like to toast my buns.  I give them a nice little coat of butter.

And then place them buttered side down into a frying pan until they turn golden brown.

Now they are ready for some BBQ pork!

There you have it, a quick, easy and inexpensive dinner.

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. pork shoulder, pork roast or pork carnitas
  • 2 1/2 C root beer
  • 1 bottle (18 oz.) barbeque sauce. I like Sweet Baby Rays.
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard

Instructions

  • Sprinkle pork with above spices.
  • Place in crock pot and pour in root beer.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until pork pulls apart easily.
  • Drain liquid from crockpot.
  • Shred pork
  • Cover with bbq sauce and mix to coat. (reserve a little sauce to add on top when serving)
  • Allow to cook for another hour in crockpot.
  • To serve, toast hamburger buns by buttering them and placing them face down in a frying pan until they are golden brown.
  • Place pork onto bun and top with some additional bbq sauce

Comments

  1. 1
    Heidi says:

    I had shredded pork on the brain already, and this just clinched it – this’ll be on the menu tomorrow. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of toasting and buttering the buns! Genius! We also like our shredded pork sandwiches with cheese, so I usually put the slice of cheese on the bottom to minimize the sog factor.
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      Leigh Anne says:

      Love the idea of adding cheese – what kind do you use? I like to toast the buns for hamburgers too. Just adds extra flavor as well as helping to prevent the bun for getting soggy so fast.

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        Heidi says:

        Tillamook cheddar :). The all purpose staple in our house. We always have at least a half dozen different cheeses on hand, but that’s my go-to. Putting this in the pot right now for tonight!
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  2. 2
    Jennifer says:

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks!

  3. 3

    I always have a pork butt in the freezer for when the urge hits. This sounds unreal.
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    Heidi says:

    Looks terrific! I know this sounds like a silly question but…I don’t like root beer…is the flavor of root beer dominant? You know how sometimes an ingredient is used but you cannot taste it? Would you recommend another soda-Coke or Dr. Pepper or have you tried it that way? Thanks Leigh Anne! Can’t wait to try it!

    • 4.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      You don’t taste the root beer at all. I am sure you could probably use Dr. Pepper or Coke. It doesn’t leave any flavor behind though – at least that I could tell.

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    Jennifer says:

    It was a success! My parents were in town last weekend and I made this recipe and we all ate it for lunch. Let’s just say everyone couldn’t stop eating more and more and more! Thanks again for the great and easy recipe! Keep them coming!

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