In Kansas, Beef is what’s for dinner. And when we barbecue, it’s beef not pork. The extent of my pig eating growing up was ham at Christmas & Easter, bacon, and the occasional fried pork chop.
I can honestly say that I had never had pulled pork till Will and I were dating. I don’t think that I even knew what it was. However, one of Will’s favorite foods is pulled pork.
Now we eat pulled pork pretty frequently. Granted it’s not usually restaurant quality pulled pork, but for how easy it is, how versatile it is, and how cheap it is we don’t complain! Plus, just because it isn’t restaurant quality, doesn’t mean it isn’t good! This Jerk Pulled Pork recipe was definitely really good!
As you can see we ate it on sandwiches and salads. Will had his on toasted bread without any fixin’s, and he enjoyed it. I had mine on bread one day and as a salad the next. Both times I topped it with some rainbow slaw veggies (Shredded cabbage and carrots), thinly sliced red onion, and “grilled” pineapple. Let me tell you…. Will was missing out. If you don’t do anything else, top this stuff with the pineapple. It’s amazing!
I got the basic recipe for this pulled pork from this blog. But here is how we made ours.
Jerk Pulled Pork
Sweet and flavorful bbq. Very versatile.
- 2 lbs Pork Tenderloin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tsp Thyme
- ½ tsp Brown Sugar, packed
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Paprika
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 (12 oz) can Root Beer
- Bread/Buns – toasted
- Rainbow Slaw Veggies
- Thinly Sliced Red Onion
- “Grilled” Pineapple
- BBQ Sauce
- 1 can Pineapple Rings
- In small bowl, stir together all the seasonings. Save ⅓ of the seasoning mix for later.
- To prepare the tenderloin, first coat it with the olive oil and then rub the remaining ⅔ seasoning onto the oiled tenderloin.
- Put the seasoned tenderloin in the crockpot, and pour the root beer over it.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Once the pork is cooked, remove the tenderloin from the crockpot and shred (this is easily done using two forks).
- Discard the juices from the crockpot. You don’t need them anymore.
- Sprinkle the seasoning mixed you saved over the pulled pork and mix it up.
- To Serve: Mix the pork with a small amount of bbq sauce, top with thinly sliced red onion, grilled pineapple rings, and any other desired toppings. Serve warm on toasted bread or over a bed of salad.
- Place pineapple rings in a single layer in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
- Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
- Cook until browned, flip, and repeat.
I told you that Will really likes pulled pork; well here are some other recipes of ours involving pulled pork:
And then use the leftovers to make this unique and tasty soup:
Or Make the pulled pork recipe from this post, and then use some to make these taquitos. These little babies are wonderful because they freeze really well so when you are in a hurry you can pop a couple in the broiler for a few minutes and ta da! crispy taquitos in a flash!