The main meat of choice is beef and the main cut of meat is brisket. Now, if cooked well I’m sure brisket can be juicy and delicious. But so far, brisket hasn’t my favorite BBQ meat… it just doesn’t fall off the bone like pork does! I’m a big fan of Carolina BBQ, especially pulled pork.
So, one day last week, I decided it was time to put my slow cooker to use and make some good old fashioned, Southern Carolina Pulled Pork…. but I gave it a Texas spin… Dr. Pepper.That was something I was unaware of before I moved to Texas: Dr. Pepper is it’s own company! Not owned by Pepsi or Coke. And Dr. Pepper is made in Texas, so the Texans tend to love it. (I’m personally not a soda fan, but cooking with soda? Now that’s a different story).
And this pulled pork is SO versatile when it comes to dinner meals. You could go the traditional pulled pork sandwich route, or you can get a little more creative. Try a:
Pulled Pork Salad
Have to get your vegetables in somehow! Or go gourmet with the pulled pork with a:
Goat Cheese Pork Quesadilla
This was my personal favorite. Goat cheese, pulled pork, Dr. Pepper sauce, all wrapped around a sprouted Ezekiel Tortilla and heated to perfection. And as always, with a side salad. Vegetables are really important!
You could get even more creative with the pork and have a Tex-Mex twist with enchiladas! But this pulled pork was a very easy meal to make for the whole family and you will have leftovers for days!!
Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
- 2.5 lbs. pork shoulder (aka: pork butt)
- 2 – 12. oz cans Dr. Pepper
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 – 3 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo
- 1/3 cup all natural BBQ sauce