Saturday, January 2, 2010

Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I have made this dish for a long, long time, but for some reason I was told yesterday's version was the best it has ever been. Not sure if it was the pork, or just my special touch (ha!), but I guess it was a winner.

This is the easiest version of barbecue pulled pork sandwiches you'll ever make. Say goodbye to those recipes that call for 10+ ingredients, because this one has 4 total! Well, 5 if you count the bun you eat it on....but that doesn't really count right? Not to mention, most pork is on sale right now. See that price in the picture? Yes, you read it right $2.45 for a 2 1/2 lb. pork butt. Not to mention it travels easy as well. After cooking on low for a few hours I bundled it up in my insulated crock pot and it went with us to a friend's house to continue cooking. Yum!


Oh...and sorry I don't have a final, nicely plated picture to show you. Someone had the last of it for lunch today and I couldn't get the camera out quick enough! But, I'm sure you can imagine...

Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

pork butt (I used 2.5 lb - but you can use whatever size needed for your family)
1 can Diet Pepsi
1/2 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
Lawry's Seasoning Salt

Generally coat pork butt with Lawry's seasoning salt, don't be afraid to cover it all! Place in crock pot and pour in soda and barbecue sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. If you have a larger piece of meat, it will probably take longer. After 4 hours or so, take two forks and shred the meat into bite size chunks. Let it sit in the juice to soak up all that flavor. It can stay on warm in crock pot while serving, and can easily be reheated the next day. Serve on a kaiser roll and add more barbecue sauce if needed.

287 comments:

  1. Ohhh I love the idea of soda in the pulled pork! I'll need to try that, I have pork in the freezer. I love cooking it in the crockpot, too - it's fool proof!

    Thanks for reminding me to put up the pumpkin ice cream recipe! I didn't even realize I never had posted it! I'll probably put it up sometime next week, I have a bunch of posts in the queue backed up from the parents' trip!

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  2. Thanks Christina! BTW...love reading your blog:) Not really sure why the soda makes this dish so good, but it does! And yes, I'll be looking out for your pumpkin ice cream recipe...I got some Target giftcards for x-mas and I'm debating between a new food processor or an ice cream maker. I want both!

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  3. Hi I have been wanting to try this recipe. I've attempted to make pulled pork sandwiches once and it didn't come out so good. I was wonder can I use regular pepsi or coke? Or does it have to be Diet pepsi in order for the flavors to come out just right?

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  4. Hi I have been wanting to try this recipe. I've attempted to make pulled pork sandwiches once and it didn't come out so good. I was wonder can I use regular pepsi or coke? Or does it have to be Diet pepsi in order for the flavors to come out just right?

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  5. Do you need to brown the pork first? Or do you just put it in completely raw?

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  6. Hi SlowCookerNewbie! You can certainly brown the roast first if you'd like, but there is no need to. I always just put mine in raw. It turns out great...hope you enjoy!

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  7. this is an amazing recipe. i cooked mine on low for 10 hours and it fell apart. we made slider burgers on hawiian sweet rolls and topped with this pork. soooo good

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  8. I'm making this for my birthday dinner in a couple of days. I'm a huge Coke Zero drinker, is there any specific reason why I should use Diet Pepsi or can I just pop a coke zero out of the fridge? (I'm not adverse to buying Diet Pepsi, I just didn't want to go through the trouble...)

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  9. By all means, use whatever cola you'd like. I've used Coke and even a generic cola before and all work just fine. Happy Birthday!

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  10. Thank you for the swift reply and the birthday wishes. I just found your blog through pinterest last week and I'm hooked! Thanks for all you do!

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  11. I am trying this recipe for the first time today. I don't use Lawry's, so I mixed creole seasoning, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and sugar. my roast was a little over six pounds, so I used a 20 oz diet Pepsi, and a bottle of Kraft honey hickory sauce. I hope it turns out tender and juicy. Thanks for the recipe on Pinterest.

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  12. Im making this today. I'm so excited to try it. I'm not really a pepsi person, so i'm using root beer.

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  13. I have been looking at this recipe for weeks, I'm trying it out today and I am really excited to see how it turns out! :)

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  14. You wrote "generally coat pork butt", but I think you meant to say "generously coat"

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  15. uhavetolearnswedishOctober 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Just wondering if you have ever used beef instead of pork with this recipe? I mistakenly bought beef and I really wanted to try this recipe.

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  16. I used Dr Pepper instead of diet Pepsi and my family and I couldn't get enough of the stuff. Well worth the try and great for a cold day

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  17. I haven't used beef, but I'm imagaining it would be good! Just like shredded barbecue beef. I would go ahead and try it and let me know what you think!

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  18. I don't need to trim off the fat before hand? I bought a 5lb pork shoulder with bone. I'm guessing that can be removed when shredding.

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  19. Can't wait to try this! Is there a reason for using diet Pepsi? Does regular work as well?

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  20. Loved it overall, but the seasoning salt made it waaaay too salty but it wasn't so bad once I added more bbq sauce

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  21. Sorry to hear that! I would cut back on the seasoning salt then, or omit completely. I hope it wasn't a ruined meal for you!

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  22. I think using regular Pepsi would work just fine, I've just always used diet.

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  23. Trying this one out today, added a little more sauce to even out with the seasoning. Will let you know how it turns out!!

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  24. Im trying this out today and going to use all the ingredients that yhou have suggested, will let you know how it turns out!

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  25. Im trying this tonight but I substituted a Dr Pepper for the diet Pepsi. Should be fairly interesting. We didnt get near as good a deal on the meat as you did but we did find a BOGO free deal. Looking forward to see how it tastes. Thanks

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  26. I just got done making this. I did a 2lb Boston Pork Butt. I tried cooking it on low for 4hrs but it still wasn't tender enough. There was a LOT of liquid in there so I emptied MOST of it out and then added the other half of the bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's along with a bit more Lowery's then cranked it up to high for another hour and a half. It was thick and moist and DELICIOUS! It started to get a little 'too thick' after another hour on 'keep warm' so I just added a bit more Diet and bounced right back to fantastic. This ones a WINNER!
    Thanks
    Rusty (Found on Pintrest)

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  27. I know this sounds like a dumb question but I am assuming your pork was thawed?

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  28. I am SO excited to make this! I have just ordered the Sweet baby rays & the Lawry's seasoned salt from an import shop (Can't get these in the UK other wise) and it can't be delivered quick enough!! Thanks for posting!

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  29. Found you through a recipe on Pinterest. (http://pinterest.com/pin/207165651578649119/)
    Feel free to come follow my blog at www.caudillcollections.blogspot.com. I'm sure you will run into some of your recipes in the future (I will link my readers back here, of course, giving you your deserved food credit). ;)

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  30. I know the recipe calls for cooking it 4-5 hours on low, but I am at work all day - will it be okay to cook it longer? I used about 3 lbs of meat, 12oz of diet pepsi and 3/4 bottle of BBQ sauce... if not, I will run home during lunch - but just thought I should check :) Also, my meat came in a net, so I left it on the meat - is that okay??? thanks much!

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  31. I love to use the little glass bottles of Coke. Coke taste better in the little glass bottles. I do brown my Boston Butt & also stuff a little minced garlic and onions through out. I also season with Tony Chasere's or Louisiana Season Salt. I let the meat cook, then pull apart & add Sweet Baby Ray's. I can fit 2 bBoston Butt's in my electrick roaster .It feedss the masses. Great for tailgating parties (Geaux LSU! #1 in the Country) or any other big gathering. Cheap, Cheap, Cheap to fix.

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  32. Thanks for sharring. I just barely dumped everything into my crock pot a few min. ago. I can't wait to try it. I used cherry pepsi though. Thought I would see if it tastes any different. lol. Well see...

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  33. Just made this recipe and it was awesome! So simple! I only changed the soda to root beer! Thanks!

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  34. I cooked this on low for 4-5 hours on low and it wasn't even close to being tender enough to shred. It took about 11-12 hours on low before it fell apart (used a 3 lb roast). It Is absolutely delicious and I will definitely make again, but will know to put the roast in either first thing in the morning before going to work or at night just before bedtime.

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  35. Is it possible to use chicken with this recipe? Thank you!

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  36. Maybe this was already asked, but if you have a roaster, what would you suggest for the temp? It doesn't have low and high, just the degrees like an oven. I can't wait to try this!

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  37. If you cook this on low for 8-9 hours will it be ok?

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  38. Yes, it should be just fine. In my opinion, the longer it cooks the more tender it gets!

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  39. Oh gosh, I've never used a roaster before. I think crock pots are generally set around 350 degrees? I would just keep an eye on it, start with a lower heat and turn up if it looks like it isn't cooking fast enough. Sorry I'm not much help!

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  40. Any idea how many WW points in the meat, or have any of your readers calculated it/lb. of pork? My husband and I are committed for 3 months:)

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    1. From what I can tell, pulled pork is 5 points for 3 oz. Make sure you count the BBQ sauce too! 2 pts for every 2 tablespoons. And the bun! It adds up, but I'm going to use my points and treat myself!

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  41. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! I used Diet Cherry Pepsi, diced onion, threw in some baby carrots...cause my Great Grandma always made her BBQ with carrots and potatoes...and I also made with a large pork roast and a smaller beef roast. Cooked on low for 8 hours then added extra BBQ sauce and some drippings from the crockpot...it was divine. Thanks for a great recipe...it was a winner and I will be making it a again.

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  42. id like to know this as well...

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  43. Heidi - I have not calucated the WW points for this meat, although I am familiar with WW points. If you can find points somewhere just for regular pulled pork that would help. Then add in the soda and barbecue sauce. Both of those have a good amount of sugar so it may be higher in points than we like tothink:(

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  44. Would using boneless, skinless chicken breasts work in this recipe?

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  45. Thank You for this recipe! I made it using (16 oz) Dr Pepper, 4 lb (boneless) pork butt, plus the seasoning salt and bbq. It slow cooked for 12 hours and it has been amazing!

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  46. Make your own bq sauce. tomatoe paste, vinigar, mustard, garlic, and sweeten with splenda to taste.

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  47. Trying for the first time: Mine has been in the crock pot since 7am - it's 11am now, we will be eating around 4pm. Hope it gets nice and tender. I used Sticky Fingers dry rub and Sprite instead of Lawry's and coke. I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks for posting!!

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  48. I made this tonight for my BBQ food snob hubby & 2 grown sons. They are always bragging about their BBQ, their friends and different places they eat out. It was FANTABULOUS!!!!! It was so easy, cooked all day in the crockpot. About an hour before I was ready to serve, I shreaded with the forks, added more Sweet Bay Ray's sauce and little more season salt. We had it on the sweet Hawaiian rolls. This is for sure going in my rotation of meals for Family dinner nights!

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  49. Thank you for this super easy recipe. My boyfriend used a 5lbs pork butt on high for 8 hours and it turned out very tender and delicious.

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  50. a little cole slaw on the side would make it a perfect dish! thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  51. Friendofjesus741996January 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Do you have to use the diet Pepsi can you use reg.

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  52. I've always used diet, but I think regular would work just fine.

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  53. Nevermind. I used about 3.5lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast with a can of Diet Dr. Pepper. Cooked on low for about 6 hours and it was PERFECT!

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  54. Just finished mine.... And, of course tasted it, SO GOOD!!!!

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  55. i am in the process of making this, there is so much liquid. how do you thicken it up?

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  56. If I am making this for 1 person, would the left-overs freeze well? Just curious. It sounds amazing.

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  57. When I shredded the pork later it seemed to absorb or take in all the liquid. I even added a little more sauce. I wouldn't dispose of any of the liquid until you have shredded the meat.

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  58. I am in total agreement with Jeri. Do not dispose of any of the liquid, once you shred the pork it will absorb a lot of it. Enjoy!

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  59. I would think it should freeze just fine. Just vacuum seal it or wrap tightly to prevent any freezer burn.

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  60. can't wait to try this! I used 1 can diet pepsi, half bottle of sweet baby rays sweet and spicy BBQ, used sazón instead of lowry's, added half cup minced red onion and 1 clove of garlic. it smells AMAZING!

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  61. I made this amazing recipe this afternoon and it is AMAZING :) I went a little crazy with the seasoning salt, but it is so tender and delicious... can't believe it took 2 minutes to prepare!

    I'm a new to this whole "using the kitchen" thing so I went to the pork section in the grocery store, I was looking for a label with 'pork butt' on it... turns out it's labeled 'shoulder' and the guy behind the meat counter was nice enough to cut one for me since they were all over 6 pound packages.

    TRY THIS, it is really as simple and yummy as it appears.

    xo Michelle

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  62. This sounds delicious and I will have to try it.

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  63. Mine is in the slow cooker as I type this! Came across it on pinterest! I needed a reason to buy a Pepsi (not a huge soda fan but I've wanted pepsi for a while!) and this smells amazing!

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  64. Can pork tenderloin be used to make this?

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  65. Hi. This may have been answered already, but what size bottle of sauce did you use? The store had 3 sizes, and I wasn't sure which one to half. Thanks! Can't wait to make this tomorrow.

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  66. Have it in the Crock Pot now. Smells great. Can't wait to taste it!

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  67. Many grocery stores also label them "butts" - either butt roast, boston butt (which tends to have more fat), or pork butt. Be careful with shoulder as it usually has a bone (so you have to de-bone, plus you pay for the bone too).

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  68. Tried it and it was delicious! My husband did add more seasoning salt than necessary halfway through unbeknownst to me.....DO NOT do that. I did add a little sugar....made it a little sweeter and tangy-er! Will definitely be making in the future!

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  69. Made this last night. It was excellent!

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  70. I make it like this - but with Root Beer. Another non-Diet Pepsi choice!

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  71. Elizabeth O'RourkeJanuary 19, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I just finished my second sandwich. I used a 7lb butt on low for 10 hours and used rootbeer. I'm so glad I am the first one home because there may not be any leftovers!

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  72. I used a 3lb piece of meat and left it in the crockpot on low for abou 8.5 hours while I was @ work and it turned out fine. FYI

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  73. Yes, you pay for the bone, but meat with a bone in it tastes much better because the bone helps flavor the meat and it's easy to shred off the bone.

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  74. Can't wait to try this recipe. We will be having it for dinner tonight.

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  75. what size bottle bbq sauce?

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  76. This will be sooo good, I have made it before ,only using a coke instead of pepsi but I'm going to try a pepsi, and I love Lawry's on everything.The joke at our house is that I could eat Lawry's on a dish of ice cream!!!!!

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  77. How did that turn out? I hope the net didn't melt on the meat.

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  78. We are so lucky, we have Sweet Baby Ray's and Lawry's here in the South ( Alabama) we love both products. The SBR bbq sauce is the best I've found and Lawry's I use on everythig, try it on your vegtables and good on tomato sandwiches.

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  79. So i'd never used a crockpot before and wanted something simple for my introduction to it. I found this recipe on Pinterest and what a hit it was. I just made it today with regular Pepsi and threw together my own seasoning salt since I was out ( next time I'm gonna try actually using Larwy's). It was so delicious and tender!! When I went back for seconds it was already gone, my boyfriend and his friends devoured it!! Definetly going to make this often :) thank you so much!!

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  80. totally going to try this!!! Simple and Easy and No Thought...thats how i like to cook!

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  81. i wonder if you could substitute the cola for a can of beer? hmmm might have to experiment!

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  82. Hey Heidi.. I put this into the recipe builder on WW website. If you use a 3 lb pork butt or shoulder, Emerils sweet original BBQ sauce (the orig recipe says sweet and savory BBQ sauce that is not on WW website so I just put in what they had), diet pepsi, and the season salt. I put that it would feed 8 people (that gives each person a 1/2 lbs each, that would be 8 oz each.. seems like a lot but I wasnt sure how much it would actually feed).. WW calculated the recipe at 7 pts per serving

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  83. If you use diet soda, please use one with sucralose rather than aspartame. Diet Hansens or diet rite. Aspartame turns to formaldehyde when cooked.

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  84. looks delicious, but please do not cook with aspartame, it is not heat stable, and could harm you.

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  85. Why is pork on sale *this* time of year?

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  86. I just made this and it is really good. I used an 7-8lb pork butt and cooked as directed, but used regular coke. I pulled it apart and put it back in the crock pot with about 1/4 of the drippings and added a half bottle of liquid smoke and another cup of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. Turned out delicious!

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  87. I actually cooked it overnight, probably 10 hours...and it fell apart!

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  88. This is similiar to the way I make it too! My son got me started on Sweet baby rays BBQ sauce and I have used nothing but that since. I use season Adolfs seasoning and a little garlic powder, about a cup of leftover black coffee, and the bbq sauce!
    I will now try using the pepsi and see if its much different.

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  89. I actually prefer my pulled pork done low and slow in the oven. I use a roaster and a 225 oven. I cook it overnight (since I am afraid to leave the oven on when I am not at home) and it is PERFECT! I also pour about 4 teaspoons of liquid smoke under the rack for authentic, smokey barbeque flavor.

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  90. I failed miserably! I used a 3.5lb bonless shoulder roast, root beer, bbq sauce and Lawry's. It's been on for 6 hours now but it's still tough as a boot and isn't even close to "falling apart." I turned the heat to "high," but I'm not sure if that will help. The sauce is super thin since I had to add more root beer to cover the roast. Any ideas on why mine failed?!

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  91. I'm making this for me and my honey tonight! I'm so excited!

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  92. hi!
    i am about 6 hours in on this and it's still much too tough to pull apart! luckily i have 4 more hours till dinner time.. i just hope it softens up!
    any tips??

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  93. Hmm...usually by six hours it is tender. Add a little more liquid if it looks dry (soda, water or bbq sauce) and keep the lid on the rest of the time. No peeking! Surely, another 4 hours should do the trick.

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  94. Sorry, I am not sure why yours failed, but you are the second in 2 days to have this problem. I've made it a zillion times and it is always tender. How did it turn out in the end?

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  95. Your saying use half of a bottle of BBQ sauce , approximate measurement as the bottles come in about 4 sizes
    Thank You, my husband is gonna love this for dinner and it will be great for the Super Bowl Sunday PIGOUT !! "

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  96. Trying it tonight for the superbowl(Go Giants!!)!!! Using Pepsi max and honey bbq! Cant wait to see how it turns out!

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  97. This looks so good - can't wait to try it!

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  98. I can't wait to try this! I've got it in my crock pot now. My grocery store didn't have pork butt or shoulder, so I bought a pork roast. I'm *hoping* it'll fall apart but I don't cook pork enough to know if it will or not. Thank again! I found your recipe on Pinterest.

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  99. I just made this today and it was ridiculously easy and tastes simply amazing!! I read all the comments beforehand and took a bit of advice from everyone. That being said I did 2 things;

    1. I was afraid of it being too salty, so I sprinkled the meat sparingly and then added more seasoned salt to taste after I had shredded it.
    2. I had a 9 lb cut of meat and after reading that some people had difficulty with it being sufficiently tender after 6-8 hours for a smaller cut of meat, I panicked and started it at 7 am for a 6 pm meal. After only 6 hours it literally fell off of the bone and shredded with little or no effort. Next time I will know that no matter how large the cut of meat, 6 hours is plenty of time.
    3. At the beginning I added 16 oz of diet pepsi and an entire bottle of Sweet Baby Rays. I looked like the meat was swimming in liquid, but by the time I had shredded the meat, ALL the liquid was absorbed and I added an additional bottle of barbeque sauce.

    Trust me when I say that this was by far the easiest AND most delicious thing I have ever made in a slow cooker!!!

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  100. I made this yesterday for Super Bowl and it came out horribly. There was a thick layer of grease just sitting at the top. Is this how it's suppose to be?

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  101. I just put this in the crockpot! I did use regular Pepsi instead of the Diet Pepsi, but can't wait to sink my teeth into this one!

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  102. Now it has never turned out that way for me. What cut of meat did you use? Did you notice if it had a lot of fat? That is the only way I can think that grease was on top. I'm sorry you didn't experience the yummy dish. Sorry!

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  103. I made this with pork loin, Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ and Cherry Pepsi! It came out amazing! Juicy and tangy and delicious! I'm making it again tonight :)

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  104. can you cook it on high?

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  105. If you knew half the things in diet soda you would never touch the stuff. It truly is bad for your body. PS I'm not a health nut or any thing just became horrified after reserch on artifical sugars.
    Thank you so much for posting though! I have heard of this before and wanted to try it, but didn't have the directions.

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  106. I'm about to try this with chicken breast and root beer! Hope it turns out good. I've been dying to try it :)

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  107. So Aspartame is sugar found in low calorie diets drinks, chewing gum etc... The person below freaked me out. I was so excited to try this but not anymore. Please anyone that has tried it can you and have you gotten sick. I don't want to make this for my family if this is the case and can result in food poisoning.

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  108. I can't wait to try this too. I'm ready to pop it in the crock pot in the am b/4 work. I bought a pork loin, will that work if I put it on low all day (probably 8+ hours). I'm afraid that it will be tough or dry out while I'm at work. Have you tried this type of meat before?

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  109. Just have to say that my pork was over eleven bucks! But overall.... still cheaper than eating out! ;) Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  110. Hi Sarah. I truly hope you haven't been scared away from my blog because of that below comment. If you want to elimiate the aspartame (which is probably a good idea anyway), just use regular, pure sugar, soda. Some type of cola or root beer. I can honestly say this dish shouldn't cause food poisioning...we've made it hundred's of times and the only thing that has resulted is a good meal. But, again, thank you for your comment and I hope you continue to read.

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  111. Hi Susan, I have not tried a pork loin cut before. How did it turn out?

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  112. I can't find a store that has a pork butt anywhere! Would it be called something else?

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  113. Mary, I think you could use any type of pork roast - butt, shoulder, whatever your butcher has. Tell them it is going in the crockpot and they can tell you what cut of pork would work best. Honestly, I've used different kinds and they all work.

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  114. thanks, I found one. I was wondering if it's ok to cook on high?

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  115. Has anyone ever cooked this on High?

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    1. I cooked of on high an hour but pork butt or shoulder requires very low and slow.

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  116. Yum! I seriously need to try this. I have been craving pulled pork sammies for a few days now and this just about did it. Tonight. Pulled pork for dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

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  117. I used a can of Dr. Pepper, and it was even better! (Plus, no dangerous aspartame!)

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  118. Ok, I have been looking at this recipe for DAYS, after finding on Pinterest. I have been dying to cook it, so I finally am today. I got a VERY late start (1pm) on it, but decided darn it, I'm doing it anyway! I have a large butt (pork, LOL) and am cooking it on HIGH. I used regular Pepsi and Honey Sweet Baby Ray's and the Lawry's. It has not even started smelling yet, but my mouth is watering! I cannot wait until we eat it! It may not be until tomorrow depending on how long it takes to get tender. I read every comment before cooking and before commenting and I just have to say I hope mine turns out as well as almost every other one reports!!! So stinking simple, thanks!
    Julie

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  119. I have to avoid any diet soda because the aspartame is a migraine trigger. Can this be done with regular soda?

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  120. Yes, by all means Polly, use regular soda. I've used root beer, regular cola and even dr. pepper. I know a lot of people have issues with diet soda, so change it up to suite your needs!

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  121. can you use reg soda, can't have diet sodas causes me to have migraines?

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  122. Served as a sandwich on The Bread Lady's sour dough would be amazingly delicious!

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  123. I have not ever had anything not turn out good in a crock pot?

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  124. what happend if i used coca-cola ?? those it taste tehe same ?

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  125. I am going to try this recipe this week-end. Sounds great.

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  126. My recipe calls for root beer. Be sure not to use bbq sauce til pork is pulled.

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  127. I found pork butt on sale for $1.47/lb at our Lowes grocery store today.ngoing to try this tomorrow!

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  128. i've got this going in the crock pot right now. it smells SO good. I can't wait for it to be done. Thanks for the recipe! I can almost never handle the responsibility of following a recipe completely, I always decide halfway through that I know better - but this one is so easy, i pulled it off. Can't wait to try it, thanks!

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  129. Should you sear the meat first?

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  130. Weight Watchers has a recipe for boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 can of diet cola, and 1/2 cup of ketchup. Brown chicken breasts with Pam sprayed on skillet, mix together cola and ketchup and add to chicken. Cook cola and ketchup down to like a barbecue. It is delicious.

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  131. I use Dr Pepper and it is amazing.

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  132. Not a fan of diet, anyone try regular pepsi? Maybe it doesn't matter, just don't like to drink any diet soda

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  133. I used to feed the high school wrestling team and soccer team.They love this BBQ.I do not use diet anything though.Too bad for you.Coleslaw on top of the BBQ makes it even better.

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  134. Can you cook it without the bbq sauce? I love pulled pork sandwiches, can I have bbq sauce on the side for my other guest if they choose to add it on their sandwiches?

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  135. I've never tried cooking without the bbq sauce, but I'm sure it can be done. You may just need to add a little more liquid while it is cooking so it doesn't dry out - beef stock, chicken stock, water, etc.

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  136. I used Mrs. Dash instead of Lawreys and a Dr. Pepper. I had a 6 lb butt and I cooked it on low for 9 hours, then before I shredded it I took as much of the fat off as possible. I had the butcher trim it down for me (I advise having this done). But now I had a boatload of bbq. BBQ sandwiches, bbq tacos, bbq burritos. We are going to eat BBQ for a week! It is delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

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  137. I discovered a simple tip to make shredding the pork, or any other slow cooked meat, a whole lot quicker. Put it in a stand mixer with the paddle attached and let it go on medium until shredded. It usually only takes a minute or 2.

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  138. Loved this! It's my new favorite "go to" recipe!

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  139. I made this for my family and friends... it was a HIT! Think I put in a little too much Diet Pepsi because it was really soupy.. but STILL GOOD.

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  140. does the pork have to be thawed? i usually throw my meat in the crock pot still frozen???

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  141. What size byl of BBQ sauce are u halving? There are numerous sizes available.

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  142. I am making this right now, it's been in the crock pot now for over 4 and a half hours, so I went to pull it apart and it doesn't want to pull apart. My arms are already tired and I couldn't even get hardly any shredded. Does it just need to cook longer? Or did I get the wrong kind of pork roast? I had hubby pick one up and it's a Pork Loin Top Loin Roast. The site that I originally found the recipe just said Pork Roast, so since that said roast I thought it would be okay. Help!

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  143. I used a 6 pound pork butt, a 16oz bottle of Dr Pepper, Medium size bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's and covered the butt in Ms. Dash to cut back on the sodium. I cooked it on low 9.5 hours. It shredded beautifully. When buying the pork butt you will encounter lots of fat, have the butcher trim it. I also skimmed fat ever 2-3 hours from the cooking juices. When I shredded it I pulled out most of the fat that was left on it. I bought a bone in pork butt. Result was fabulous! My husband said it was the best he has ever eaten which is a good thing as we have a butt load of BBQ. We had sandwiches and now we are making a BBQ pork taco with a modified southern coleslaw
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  144. Tina - how did it turn out? Generally after just 4 hrs it probably won't be ready to shred yet. At least 6-8 hrs is needed before it will shred easily. I don't think the kind of pork roast matters when it comes to being tender. Keep the slow cooker lid closed and try not to peek too often as then it loses the heat:)

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  145. I haven't cooked in a crock pot much, when adding the soda and BBQ sauce it is suppose to cover the meat or will the whole pork butt not be full covered by the liquid?

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  146. I come from a southern family, been eating pork & BBQ & having pig pickin's since I can remember. Made this recipe last weekend- hubby said this was the best pork he's had!! Thank you!!

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  147. I am having a baby shower in a week and I want to make this I got a 19 lb pork butt, how much pepsi should I use? How long should i cook it for? I am really hoping this turns out really yummy! Thanks!

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  148. Wow - 19lbs is a lot. I'm guessing 24 hours for it to get tender. Will you be cooking it in a roaster? As far as how much soda - a liter? Sorry, I'm not much help, but never used that large of a cut of meat before. I would set aside 24 hrs and just keep your eye on it. Let me know how it turns out!

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  149. I use any type of dark soda with whatever barbecue sauce you like with chicken,pork ribs,pork chops or pork butt. This is one of our favorite ways to cook meat. Let it cook(I cook mine on top of the stove in large pot or skillet) till the sauce is thick and the meat is tender. Wonderful with mashed potatoes,noodles or rice.

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  150. I tried this on Saturday with beef, not pork, and it came out SO salty... any ideas? I even then added a 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and it's still too salty. I'm thinking of changing to a different rub than the Lawry's shown, and also chaning to a honey BBQ sauce...

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  151. ohh cant wait to try this, mine never turns out

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  152. Lawry's makes a low-sodium version of it's famous salt mix. Perhaps try that? We've had little to no problems with oversalting since we made the switch a few months ago. Found it at Walmart and at my local grocery store. ;)

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  153. Have to try this but am going to use TS Fiesta Dip seasoning for extra zip! Thanks!

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  154. In the crock pot as I type this! :) We will see how it rates with 3 teenage boys! :)

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  155. Is the sauce suppose to thicken? If so..how do you get it to?
    I didn't cut all the fat off until i took it out and shredded the meat. Next time, should I cut all the fat off before cooking?

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  156. Can you freeze the leftovers?

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  157. When I make this the sauce doesn't thicken too much, but once you shred all the meat, it soaks up the sauce perfectly. It is up to you on cutting the fat out or not, some like it in others do not. As for freezing, the leftover should stay good in the freezer for at least 3 months:)

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  158. I made this last night and tweeked it a little. I used a 3 lb. pork butt, one whole bottle of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce qith brown sugar, the Lawreys Seasoned salt and instead of the diet pepsi, I added about 6 oz. of water. My pork butt was frozen too so it cooked a lot longer. I put it in the crockpot at about 9 am. I wasn't able to pull it apart until about 5:30 pm after turning it from low to high at around 2 pm. My only suggestion would be to make sure you trim off as much fat as possible. I didn't, and a thick layer of fat sat on top. After taking a lot of the fat out...this dish was really good! Kids and hubby loved it. I will be making this again.

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  159. Wow, I have a similar recipe, but you use rootbeer but you don't add the bbq sauce till the end. I am going to try your way, I'll let you know.

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  160. I had to cook the meat for 8 hrs. with about 1 Tbsp. of added balsamic vinegar to get it to fall apart. It was too tough at 5 hrs. of cooking. But, in the end it turned out well (alas, for tomorrow night's dinner, not tonight's).

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  161. We had this the other night, and my family loved it! I used regular Pepsi. Thanks for an easy and fabulous meal!

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  162. Trying this today have had it on for 4.5 hrs and seems to still have tons of juice, should I take some of it out and cook for a few more hours? I am cooking a 3.5lb butt, lol help!!!

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  163. It's okay! Mine always has a lot of "juice" but once you shred the meat, that meat soaks most of it up. I hope it turned out okay for you?

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  164. I saw this on Pinterest and tried it last night, it was so yummy, I ended up blogging it too (gave you credit for recipe) but took a picture of the finished product since you weren't able to :D http://zimmerhouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/two-blog-entries-in-one-dayyikes-i-must.html

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  165. Not true - it is a hoax about aspertame. Please read! http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

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  166. I got a big butt, no joke intended, lol...and wondered how long to cook it, I'm glad I read your comment!

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  167. LOL I'm in southeast Missouri...it's labeled as BUTT here... :)

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  168. I'm trying to recipe for Easter dinner this year. I found it on pinterest and I can't wait to try it.

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    1. I am making right now with the diet cola from sodastream, I hope it turns out.

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  169. This looks great! Thanks for sharing. I hope to try it soon! I love cooking with pop - we made ham in the crockpot with cranberry sierra mist and it was so delicious! :)

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  170. It is not a hoax! My mother nearly died from aspartame poisoning (misdiagnosis/treatment) b/c she drank so much diet soda. For years they thought she had multiple sclerosis and treated it so, b/c the symptoms are the same. Aspartame is VERY dangerous and I find it appalling that more people don't take this stuff seriously!

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  171. the original post was right after new years and pork and sauerkraut is a traditional new year's dish. Afterwards (similar to after thanksgiving with turkeys) they have DEEP discounts to sell the overstock

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  172. This was absolutely wonderful ~ made it for a friend who is laid up and her family loved it! I used a can of reg. pepsi cause I had it in the house:)

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  173. How many does this serve? I need to make enough for 10 adults. Thanks!

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  174. I made this today, but mine didn't fall off or shred easily at all. I used Shoulder cut, but took off a lot of the fat prior to cooking. Think that made it not shred as easily bc there wasn't as much fat to tenderize? It was still good, just not as tender as when I've used pork loin in the past. this is my first foray into pulled pork, so i was wondering if pork loin would work?

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  175. Only Dangerous High Fructose Corn Syrup

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  176. Snopes is not always correct.. by the way!

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  177. Not if you buy Dr Pepper throwback.

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  178. I just have a question about your mother. Did they cure her aspartame poisoning? My sister is being treated for MS, but has drank diet soda since she was a teenager and is in her 50's. Just curious how they found the misdiagnosis?

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  179. Often wonder what Americans call a head butt-as far as a pig goes we use the expression "PIG'S ARSE".
    Comment from Australia.

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  180. Can you use just regular coke cola?

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  181. The same thing at my grocery store. They label them "Shoulder"

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  182. I cannot wait to try this. My husband prefers vinegar based BBQ though and I was wondering if I could just follow all your directions but with his sauce? I'm afraid his sauce won't be thick enough? Any thoughts?

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  183. I say give his sauce a try - it can't hurt! I'm sure it will taste great.

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  184. where can I get that recipe?

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  185. I had aspartame poisoning. After being diagnosed with Lupus I went off all aspratame and have not had any sypmtoms since. My Lupus levels are normal and I am no longer diagnosed with it. Good luck to your sister!

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  186. How much Lawery's Seasoning Salt should I use ?

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  187. This was easy & even my husband, who is the cook in the family & skeptical when I'm the "chef", went back for seconds! Thanks for sharing

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  188. HFCS are not inherently dangerous, it's the fact that it's being put into nearly every food on the market that makes it a problem. They're almost unavoidable any more.

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  189. I only use Boston Butt. All others I have found do not shred as nicely. :)

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  190. I actually rub my pork with tobasco add about 1/4-1/2 c water-put in crock pot to slow cook while I am at work-add the baby rays sauce when i get home and have pulled it apart. So easy.

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  191. I have a graduation party to do....how did your 19lb. pork butt turn out? How long did you cook it for and how much pepsi did you have to use?

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