After a week of being sick and busy at work, I couldn’t have asked for a simpler, tastier pulled pork recipe than this one found in Better Homes and Gardens’ Best Slower Cooker Recipes book. Thanks Mom for that great gift! Using the recipe as a guide, here was the process to get the pork tenderloin cooked.
1 2-3 lb pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper mixed together
1-2 medium onions, sliced into thin wedges
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 cup of root beer
Rub the pork tenderloin with the salt and pepper mixture. Place in a heated skillet on your stove and brown each side quickly. A quick and simple sear is what you want. My guess is that this step isn’t strictly necessary. I’ve cooked pork tenderloins without this step before. I didn’t notice any major difference in utilizing this step.
Plug in your slow cooker and set to low heat (about a 7-8 hour cooking time). Place the seared tenderloin into the crockpot with the onions, garlic, and root beer. Cook on a low heat until cooked through and nicely browned. You can cook on your slow cooker’s high setting for a shorter length of time. I chose the low setting since I allowed this to cook while at work today.
Here was my result:
Verdict: This was tasty. It had a few drawbacks. I think I might not have had quite two tablespoons of garlic. That or I just need more of it. I think an additional clove would have been helpful. I used 1 onion instead of 2 since I was worried it might taste too onion-y, which I don’t like. I could have gone with the extra onion. My only real complaint is that the pork tenderloin was a little dry. This is because I got off of work late and it cooked for a bit longer than necessary. BBQ sauce fixed that problem quite nicely. While this seems like alot of complaints, in actuality they were quite minor. Simple adjustments for the next time I make this. And I will make this again.
When you remove the pork tenderloin to shred, feel free to remove the onions with a slotted spoon and place in a small bowl or other dish. You can use them if you make a sandwich with the pork. I just used the onions to help season the pork as it cooked.
Okay, now that your pork tenderloin is all nice and done, it’s time to shred it.
Simply grab two forks and start pulling the meat apart with the forks. This took about 5 minutes to do the whole pork tenderloin. It was so tender and just fell apart.
Shred until you’re left with a pile of shredded meat.
Now it’s time for the BBQ sauce. Since I’d slightly overcooked my pork, I decided to pour a generous helping of BBQ sauce into a saucepan and heat it up a bit. Once it was heated and bubbling nicely, I added in some of the shredded pork and mixed well. This turned out beautifully.
The large portion of shredded pork I didn’t slather in BBQ sauce I plan to freeze for later use.
To take today’s picture of the BBQ pulled pork, I placed bits of pulled pork onto crackers with a small cut of mozzarella cheese on top.
Verdict: Heaven. Oh my. These were sooo tasty. Perfect for bento or if I’m ever crazy enough to host a dinner party at my house. These would probably make a decent appetizer. I’m so ready to put this into my bento for tomorrow.
Here’s the money shot. Are you ready for your closeup my little taste bud delight?
If you try it, I hope you enjoy it too.
Be the bento everyone!
|BBQ Pulled Pork|
- 1 pork tenderloin measuring 2-3 pounds
- 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper mixed together
- 1-2 medium onions, sliced into thin wedges
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 cup of root beer
- Rub the pork tenderloin with the salt and pepper mixture.
- Place tenderloin in a heated skillet stove and brown all sides. A quick and simple sear is what you want.
- Plug in your slow cooker and set to low heat (about a 7-8 hour cooking time).
- Place the seared tenderloin into the crockpot with the onions, garlic, and root beer.
- Cook on a low heat until cooked through and nicely browned.
- Remove the cooked tenderloin from the cooker to a baking sheet, large cutting board, or other flat surface.
- Remove the cooked onions to a small bowl for use later.
- Using two forks, pull the meat apart until you’re left with a pile of shredded meat.
- Transfer the shredded meat to a bowl and pour BBQ sauce over the meat.
- Stir until all of the shredded tenderloin is covered with BBQ sauce.
- Serve the bbq pork on crackers with cheese as an appetizer or own your favorite bread with the cooked onions as a sandwich.