If I could bottle up the aroma that was in my house last week I would almost wear it as perfume. Well not really but the smell of this dish is that good. I got this recipe back in May from Foodie Pen Pal Cara. This was actually the first time I had ever cooked a full pork shoulder. The original recipe came from The Pioneer Woman.I decided to add more of a spice rub to the dish to give it more of a Texan flair, and reduce the chipotle peppers & Dr. Pepper (since I am not the biggest fan of the soda, yes I know this is a main component). I was pretty impressed with myself and how it turned out. And what’s even better is all I had to do was throw all the ingredients together and pop it in the oven for a few hours while I worked around the house. John was also pleased with the meal, I mean what husband wouldn’t be with a huge plate of meat? Next time we thought of adding a little bit of bourbon to keep things interesting. Enjoy!
Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
- 1 whole Pork Shoulder/pork butt - 5 To 7 Pounds if you can't find this I have also used 3- 2 lb ones that worked just as easily
- 1 whole large onion quartered
- 1/2 can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce add whole can if you like a lot of heat
- 1 small bottle of Dr. Pepper 20 fl oz
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. all spice
- 2 tsp. ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Peel onion and cut into 4 pieces. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
- Add the spice rub to the pork - work it into the meat, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.
- Add the chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Add in can of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar.
- Place lid on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for six hours. Check meat every two hours and use tongs to flip it . After six hours; it should be falling apart, use two forks to see if it shreds easily. If it's not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour or so.
- Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat. Discard fat pieces. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve.
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Check out these other great ideas for leftovers!!
– Spicy Pork Grilled Cheese
– Spicy Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato
– Or add it on a hamburger bun and top it with some coleslaw
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