Better Than Beyonce BBQ Pulled Pork

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The Monday after the Super Bowl is supposedly one of the least productive work days of the year.

Most of us have been up till the wee hours the night before, drinking and eating, as if it were a Saturday night. It seems only natural that we should all get the day off Monday to come back well-rested, no?

While those in Baltimore may have a pass today at the office (congrats!), I sadly do not. That said, I sit here, with my third large cup of coffee in hand, trying to maintain some sort of attention span in meetings today, after having friends over at the house yesterday for the big game.

Along with some key necessities for a Super Bowl fete, including the continuous flowing cold beer, bite size appetizers and various dips and chips for guests to snack on, I made my BBQ Pulled Pork.

The recipe came about over the summer, and has since evolved a bit, but maintains its simplicity through the use of just 3 ingredients: Pork Tenderloin, Root Beer, and BBQ Sauce.

Aside from the assistance of a slow cooker, you’re basically set.

The sugars in the root beer do an AMAZING job of breaking down the pork and leaving it moist, without any type of residual sugary taste. As for BBQ sauce, feel free to go with any particular favorite. For my recipe I use my friend Jahleel’s own bottled sauce, Hudson Steak Marinade (http://www.hudsonsauce.com). It has a great smoky and sweet flavor that really pairs well with the pork, in addition to a variety of other recipes I’ve cooked in the past.

Beyonce may have lit up the halftime show (and possibly used all of the stadium’s electricity?), but this BBQ Pulled Pork was a close second in my house last night.

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BBQ Pulled Pork (serves 10)

Ingredients:

2    2-Lb Pork Tenderloin

24 oz. Root Beer

32 oz. BBQ Sauce (use more or less to your liking).

Chopped jalapeno peppers

Chopped Red onions

Mini hamburger buns or rolls

Directions:

  1. Place the pork tenderloin in the slow cooker and pour root beer on top. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. Drain the pork, and place it into a Kitchen Aid mixer with a paddle attachment (or other mixer with a paddle attachment) and with the speed set on low, mix to slowly shred the pork.
  3. Place the shredded pork back into the empty slow cooker (no root beer or juice in there) and add your BBQ sauce. Mix to incorporate and let sit in cooker on warm for another 20 minutes.
  4. Serve on mini rolls with chopped jalapenos and red onion.
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