Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders

Experience a delightful fusion of flavors with these Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders. The sweetness and unique spices of root beer add an unexpected depth to the pulled pork, creating a dish that’s both comforting and exciting. These sliders are perfect for casual gatherings, game days, or any time you’re in the mood for a flavorful, easy-to-make treat.

Ingredients:

For the Pulled Pork:

  • 3-4 lbs pork shoulder (also known as pork butt)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups root beer (not diet)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

For the Root Beer BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup root beer (not diet)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To Serve:

  • Mini burger buns or slider buns
  • Coleslaw (optional)
  • Extra BBQ sauce

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Pork:
    • Season the pork shoulder generously with salt and pepper.
    • In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sear the pork on all sides until browned.
  2. Slow Cook the Pork:
    • Place the seared pork in a slow cooker. Add the root beer, chopped onion, and minced garlic.
    • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until the pork is very tender and shreds easily.
  3. Make the Root Beer BBQ Sauce:
    • In a saucepan, combine the root beer, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
    • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Shred and Sauce the Pork:
    • Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.
    • Skim off any excess fat from the liquid in the slow cooker. Return the shredded pork to the cooker and mix with the root beer BBQ sauce.
  5. Assemble the Sliders:
    • Spoon the pulled pork onto the slider buns.
    • Top with coleslaw and extra BBQ sauce if desired.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders warm, perfect for sharing and enjoying at your next casual gathering.

These Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders offer a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, with the root beer adding a unique twist to the classic BBQ dish. They’re sure to be a hit with both adults and kids alike!

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