This meal was super easy, and very forgiving. My pork shoulder was about 4 pounds, I had a partial can of chipotles on hand, and I only used 12 ounces of Dr. Pepper; but it tasted great. Not too spicy, not too sweet and plenty of leftovers that freeze really well. With the leftover pork, I made this and plan on making these – both are family favorites! Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork – adapted from The Pioneer Woman
- 1 whole Large Onion
- 1 whole Pork Shoulder (“pork Butt”) – 5 To 7 Pounds
- Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
- 2 cans Dr. Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven. Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan. Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.
Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it’s not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.
Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve.