Friday, April 22, 2011

Dr. Pepper and Pork?

Do you ever need a recipe that is a load and go meal? We don't go out to eat very often. However, there are some nights when I just don't want to cook. So I look for recipes that are easy. I am in a very serious relationship with my crock pot. If it ever breaks I will go through a grieving period and head straight to buy another one. I thought when the kids grew up and left home I could trade down in size. No way. I can make a meal that will last for three days in that giant. After saying that, this recipe goes in the oven. I was on Pioneere Woman's blog and she made a pork butt with Dr. Pepper and chipotle peppers. I wasn't even sure that I could get Chipotle peppers in Maine. Even Maine is having an ethnic change and previously unknown foods are showing up on our grocer shelves. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Start with a good size pork butt. The bigger the better. Salt and pepper that puppy. I had Pioneere Woman's website up and went step by step so I didn't forget any steps.
Cut up an onion or two in the bottom of a Dutch Oven. Place the pork butt fat side up into the pot.

Open up a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.

If you don't care for a "really" spicy hot flavor use only half of the peppers. We like it hot so the whole can goes on top of the roast.

Next come the starring characters of this play. Pop 2 cans of Dr. Pepper.

Pour over the roast. I had to buy a six pack. Oh, darn. That leaves an additional 4 cans for me to drink.

Cover with a lid. Close the oven door. Set the timer for 6 hours and take a nap.

Your nose will know when those juices start popping. The whole house smelled so good. Mine was fork tender after 6 hours. If you use a bigger roast you may need to cook it a bit longer.

I took the roast out and let it sit for a bit to cool. Then poured all of the drippings (southern term) and put them through a gravy separator to get the fat out. I then shredded all of the meat and even smashed up the peppers in the liquid.

Easy pulled pork recipe. Tastes great. We put ours into flour tortillas like recommended by Ree. However, I think we will try it next time with toasted buns. I was able to get 3 separate meals from this one roast. I like that. If you want to get the original recipe go to

I have her cook book and use it frequently. Try the jalapeno poppers if you get the chance. Oh My Goodness.

Much Love and Prayers from a full Mainely Ewes Farm.


Thistle Cove Farm said...

love my crockpot, love my enamel cast iron cooker, love one pot meals, love roasts. actually, I love anything that makes my life easier!
we don't drink soda pop but I cook a pork roast a couple of times a month.

Michaele said...

That looks so good! I have her cookbook, but haven't tried this recipe yet.

Rain said...

Oh Kelly!!--I'm a vegetarian!--but this was still most entertaining!! It is great we can now get a lot more diverse goodies up north here in the boonies!! Love the baby sheep-will reading ur back posts-since I've been away!! Think mud and spring-but no black flies!!

Marigold said...

The Pioneer Woman lives in the town the goatmother grew up in and lived most of her life. Ree used to be in a show choir with the goatfather's kids. Who knew? By the way - the goatmother says to tell you she likes your remark about the butt - the bigger the better. She says she resembles that remark. :)

K-Koira said...

Like the recipe, but I live alone, and end up having a hard time eating that many leftovers. I might try cutting back the recipe and doing it in my very small crock pot though. It does look tasty.

Lili said...

Like Rain, I'm a vegetarian, but I do eat fish, but I've even been on the fence about that lately too). About 16 years ago, this would have had me drooling I'm sure! Hey, you have 4 cans of DP left, you could just make this again 2 more times! ~Lili

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

you had me at PORK :-) sounds like a good one and I'll certaily try it, thx!

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

I have heard of Dr. Pepper and pork before! Now you have made me hungry! Have a happy Easter! blessings,Kathleen

LindaSueBuhl said...

Looks delicious - Dr. Pepper is a mainstay in southern cooking - meat definitely and there is a Dr. Pepper cake which is YUMO

Marie said...

WOW!! That sounds fantastic!! I am always looking for something new. And love to put extras in the freezer for a time when I have no time to cook.

Jennifer said...

Sounds very interesting. Never thought to cook something in Dr. Pepper before, (though I don't know why I hadn't, I used to drink that stuff in ridiculous amounts). Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Really liking what you share her.

Have a happy day!