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I was fiddling around with trying to make a yummy Pulled Pork for my stepson Jesse's wedding rehearsal party. I did one butt in the oven without soda and one in the crock pot with soda. I had never used soda pop in a recipe before but I heard it was worth a try and YES it was! The Crock pot recipe turned out so tender, moist and delicious, (according to the thirty something guests...this was a real hit.) Well worth trying and very easy to make. A lovely outdoor or 'big game' meal served with a variety of salads and crusty buns. Oh, and beer. Posted by request for my new daughter in law Lindsey's Mom.
- 1 large pork butt
- 6 garlic cloves, slivered
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- 1⁄3 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄3 cup fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2-3 tablespoons salt (to taste, I like it on the heavier side)
- 1⁄4 cup paprika
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon Keen's dry mustard
- 16 -24 ounces root beer or 16 -24 ounces cola
- 3 -4 cups barbecue sauce (Marmie's Bar- B -Que Sauce or you own favorite sauce)
- Poke butt evenly around surface with a small butcher knife creating 1/2 inch cuts to accomodate how many garlic slivers you have.
- Stuff each hole with some fresh herbs and a sliver of garlic. (If you are not using fresh herbs use dry and incorporate them in the rub mixture instead.).
- Mix remaining spice and sugar ingredients together and then rub all over the roast.
- Save remaining spice.
- Put roast in zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 8 - 12 hours.
- Remove from fridge and rub remaining spices onto the roast.
- Place roast in covered crock pot for an hour or two, do not turn on yet.
- Pour soda into crock pot along side of the roast so the spices are not washed offt the top of the roast and into the crock pot.
- Cook on Medium for 8 - 12 hours untill tender.
- It will not hurt to leave the pork in the crock pot on low for a good length of time if it is done early.
- Remove pork from the broth and pull/shred apart with forks or fingers into chunks and place in casserole dish.
- Slather with copious amounts of bar b que sauce.
- Serve with fresh crusty buns, baked beans and salads.