Slow Cooker Smoked Cherry Soda Pulled Pork

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This is another one of those simple slow cooker recipes that I love. Even with the few extra steps that smoking the meat takes, this is a very simple recipe that produces tender, tasty meat. The meat made delicious sandwiches that my husband raved about. I topped my sandwich with some vinegar-y coleslaw, and it was fantastic. If you’ve never had some coleslaw on your BBQ sandwich, I highly recommend it.

 

1/4 c. brown sugar

1 T. smoked spice rub

4 pounds pork shoulder (or similar) roast

1 (12 oz.) can Cherry Coke, Diet Cherry Coke, or Cherry Coke Zero

1 bottles barbecue sauce

 

  1. Soak your wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain the water.
  2. Spread out a good-sized length of foil on the counter. Put the wood chips inside.
  3. Fold over the edges of the paper to enclose the wood chips and make a packet that fits inside your slow cooker completely. Put it in.
  4. With scissors or a knife, cut or poke tiny holes here and there in the top level of the foil to let smoky steam escape.
  5. Rub all sides of your meat with brown sugar and spice rub.
  6. Put it in the slow cooker directly on top of the foil packet.
  7. Pour soda around the edges of the pork.
  8. Put the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours, or until meat shreds easily.
  9. Shred meat with two forks.
  10. Remove the smoking packet from slow cooker and return meat to slow cooker.
  11. Add barbecue sauce. Continue to cook on low for about 1 more hour.

Comments

  1. Kathleen Dooley says

    You begin the instructions by saying soak the wood chips, but they are not even mentioned before that. “Soak your wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain the water.” I have never used wood chips before so where do you get them, and what are they?

    • says

      Sorry for the confusion! Wood chips are literary just chips of wood that are used in smokers and grills. In our stores, they’re sold alongside charcoal and other grilling supplies. They usually come in a few varieties like mesquite and pecan.

      For this recipe, you just need a handful of wood chips to use in your foil packet. If you would prefer to skip the wood chips, you could achieve a similar flavor by adding some liquid smoke to the recipe instead. Good luck!

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