Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches

There are a number of reasons why people start blogs . . . it’s a creative outlet that doesn’t require much in the way of discipline. Having attempted to write a fictional novel based on fact, I can attest first hand that unless you can lock yourself away in a study someplace, it’s easy to become distracted and wander off. Blogging, sharing recipes or thoughts of the moment – whatever – can be accomplished despite the distractions and demands of life in general. You can wander off, returning when ready and pick up where you left off.

What drove me to blogging in the first place was the realization that sooner or later life was going to end. I know, it sounds a little twisted. A few years back – maybe five or six years ago – I was sick. It was my second go-around with Pneumonia. My beautiful family had to fend for themselves. While Kiddo had a basic understanding of cooking, so much of what I did was either inspired by a box filled with scraps of paper (recipes) or locked away in my head. It struck me that should something really happen to me, Hubby and Kiddo might starve. Okay, they really would not starve, not as long as pizza and fast food joints existed. But a treasure trove of recipes and family traditions might be lost. And the stories that go along with them.

The first task was to organize the recipes in shoe boxes, then to write down those little secrets locked away in my head; taking the time to measure as I went along. The evolution began – first with files stored on my laptop of recipes; postings to face book to share with other members of my family – my sisters scattered across the western states and cousins around the world. Most recipes sparked a memory. Memories I wanted to share. Blogging seemed the next logical step in the evolution process.

Since then, I’ve discovered a wonderful world of short story tellers, photographers, like-minded people and a common thread of family bonds. What a wonderful time to be alive!

What does any of that have to do with Pulled Pork Sandwiches? Nothing.

It’s odd the things you remember for no reason at all. The first time I had a Dr. Pepper was at the movies. Now it’s the only soft drink I like with warm, buttery popcorn. Dr. Pepper, movie theaters and cooking . . .

One final note; the original recipe called for a Pork Rub or your favorite seasonings. I started to create a rub and then I realized here was a great opportunity to just let Kiddo go and do his own thing. He did – and what a great rub! The meat was so flavorful – he really knocked it out of the ballpark on this one! So my hat is off to Kiddo – great rub!

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches
3-4 lb Pork Loin Roast
Pork Rub as needed or your favorite seasonings*
12 oz Dr Pepper
Barbecue Sauce to taste
Crusty Buns

Season pork with your favorite rub on all sides.

Place pork roast in slow cooker and pour in Dr Pepper.

Cook on low 10-12 hours.

Drain most of the liquid, and use tongs to shred pork.

Add barbecue sauce to taste (a whole bottle if you like)

Stir well and reduce temp to warm for serving. Serve on buns.

* Kiddo’s Rub
1/2 Tablespoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Mesquite Seasoning
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar

In a small bowl, combine spices. Rub into pork. Let rest 30 minutes to soak in the spices before placing pork in crock pot.

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