WOW! This recipe sounded silly to us but it is really good! Since we have to miss the rib cookoff due to asthma (from all the smoke), concessions were made... These sandwiches are packed with flavor-no barbecue grill needed. (FYI-we put the slow cooker outside on the patio in our new "summer kitchen" to keep things cool. Pics to come when I have time.) Have a great holiday!
- 2 pounds pork cut (not ground)
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 can (8 ounces) root beer
- 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 8 wheat kaiser rolls
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 romaine lettuce leaves
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- bread and butter pickles
- Rub pork with garlic. *Buy bork butt or shoulder on sale and freeze if necessary-it's HALF the price of tenderloin! PLUS this recipe is a great way to salvage and tenderize less than optimal meat.
- Sear all sides of the pork by browning in a dutch oven, cast iron skillet or under the broiler. *This step gives ALOT of flavor and will make the most of a "cheap" cut of meat. Although not necessary, I really recommend it.
- Add pork, root beer and BBQ to large slow cooker. *Our favorites sauces; BJ's, Aussom Aussie, my good friend at Gordon's Backyard BBQ and Sweet Baby Ray's.
- Set on high, cover and cook for 6 hours.
- After cooking, pull off most of the juices and add to a medium pot. Leave pork with remaining juices in the slow cooker. Cover and set on low.
- Mix cold water with cornstarch. Add cornstarch mixture to juices in pot and bring to boil to thicken.
- Take wooden spoon and "shred" pork in slow cooker. It will be absolutely falling apart at this point! Add thickened sauce to slow cooker. Mix into meat and cook together covered on low for 1 more hour.
- Serve pork on rolls topped with cheese and vegetables. Offer coleslaw and sweet potato fries on the side (those recipes will eventually be posted on this site). Yummo!
*Or add only root beer in step 3 and discard after cooking. Then add BBQ sauce after shredding to omit making sauce with cornstarch... We love the strong flavor when using all the juices and I just hate to waste ingredients especially when using a premium craft rootbeer!