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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    It was so easy to make, and everyone told me they loved it.
    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.
    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!
    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!
    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!
    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!
    My family loved it, will be a go to recipe from now on.
    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.
    Not a fan of liquid smoke (I find it artificial and chemical smelling so I used just 1 TBSP in slow cooker. I had a 3 lb. roast so I used 16 oz. of root beer. Cut back the molasses in the sassy sauce to 1/4 cup, deleted the liquid smoke and added 2 TBSP of cider vinegar. Very tasty!! (with Aaron Mcargo's kicked up cole slaw on top.
    I found this recipe today and I've made root beer pulled pork in the slow cooker before, but not with the liquid smoke or the spices. Hopefully this will turn out okay. We had a 4 lb pork butt roast in the fridge that just defrosted, but I couldn't cut it in half, so hopefully 10 hours in the slow cooker will help it cook through. That's my only worry is it won't be cooked through. The seasonings all together smell fantastic though! I'm sure the flavor is going to be phenomenal assuming the roast cooks through. :D
    i made this exactly to the recipe! i thought the smoke and the root beer mixed very well together and wasnt as strong as i thought it was going to be! i used bbq sauce instead of the sassy sauce! the family loved it and i will be making it again for sure!!!!!!!!
    They were great and really easy yo make but goodness my whole house, both stories smelled like liquid smoke. It was so strong I had to open all windows to air it out. Meat doesn't have that strong Smokey flavor at all, which I was OK with. I think next time I'd put crock pot in the garage. I also added a couple of TBSPs of vinegar to cut the sweetness a little bit.
    It was very tasty and we were eating pulled pork for a good few days. Don't think we needed as much liquid smoke as required, and we would probably cut the amount in half- I actually didn't haven enough in the bottle my husband bought so we didn't even use any in the sassy sauce- but it still left the house smelling like BBQ and was extremely tasty. 
    The sassy sauce was good too- we doubled the portions for the sauce though because we don't like to leave the pork too dry- and we LOVE our sauce- the sauce was finger-lickn' good...cut back on the molasses a little bit though as it was pretty sweet. Thanks for the recipe will definitely use again!
    Super easy pulled pork recipe, the root beer made for a subtle flavor boost not easily identifiable. This is easily going to be a favorite for years to come!
    quick and easy. I only added 2 oz of liquid smoke and it came out just fine
    These were absolutely phenomenal and sooo easy to make! I first made them for my family who devoured them all up, so I decided to make them for one of our office's treat days and once again there wasn't a spoonful left. I was also asked to pass the recipe along to them all. 
    I used pork shoulder roasts in my recipes. The 2nd batch I made, I also used a little less molasses in the Sassy Sauce.
    Wow, these were awesome!! We loved the flavor and the pork was so soft and moist. The sauce was really good too and had a nice flavor. It was a little too sweet, so I ended up adding about 3 tsp apple cider vinegar to give it some tang, but overall, it was spot on for both the pork and sauce. And it was all very easy to make. 
    I used a pork loin roast with the nice fat cap on top and put it in the crock pot for 8 hours on low. It scared me to death to add an entire bottle of liquid smoke to the pork, but it was not overpowering at all. Ended up being very subtle. Will make these again for sure.
    you have to try this it was yummy! i baked it in the oven though instead of a crock pot on a low temp for about 8 hours, so good it just fell apart. definatly a keeper.
    OMG, this was the best sandwich ever. I cooked this for my family and they all trully enjoyed it. I have already been asked to prepare it again. I really enjoyed the taste it gave especially with that sassy sauce. Keep up the great work.
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