Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich

Total Time:
8 hr 30 min
15 min
8 hr 15 min

8 sandwiches

  • 1 pork tenderloin or roast (about 2 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • 1 bottle (4 ounces) liquid smoke
  • 1 cup Sassy Sauce, recipe follows, or your favorite barbeque sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Spicy bread and butter pickle chips, for serving
  • Sassy Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place the pork tenderloin or roast in the bottom of a slow cooker and sprinkle with the seasoning salt. Pour the root beer and liquid smoke over the top. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Once the pork is done, remove from the pan and shred with a fork. Place into a bowl and add in the Sassy Sauce, as well as 1/2 cup of the juice from the slow cooker. Serve on a bun with bread and butter pickles.

Sassy Sauce:

To make the sauce, add the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard and to a medium saucepan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Remove and serve with pulled pork sandwiches. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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Fantastic! EASY PEASY!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was so easy to make, and everyone told me they loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy to make, taste was only ok. I wouldn't make this again. I liked the idea of using soda but in the end it was bland, We had to jazz it up with bbq sauce and coleslaw. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fun recipe. Meat came out perfectly textured and sauce was killer. I only used 1 oz. of liquid smoke in the crock pot because I thought a whole bottle might be too smoky-tasting for my kids. Try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used ribs instead of pork roast! Par-boiled them in rootbeer and water. Then made the sassy sauce to cover the meat in the roaster. Cooked uncovered for and hour, then basted the ribs and cooked for another hour covered. Made a second batch of sassy sauce, but this time I used a little more cayenne pepper, a tbsp of garlic and paper thin sliced onion. EXCELLENT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe for a crowd over the weekend and received rave reviews from all (especially the teen aged girls who love all things sassy!) Added a Tbsp. of cider vinegar to crock pot based on others' suggestions and thought the smokey flavor was just perfect. This one is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an easy way to make outstanding pulled pork! I was very reluctant to try this recipe considering so little prep was needed, but I was pressed for time. The results were awesome! I will make it again... SOON! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it, will be a go to recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM! Easy, tender and good. Could hardly taste the root beer. I did use the bottle of liquor smoke. Thought at first it would be too much but not at all. After I cleaned the pork meat. I placed it back in the crock pot with BBQ sauce on low so the flavor would set in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published