Slow cooked in dark beer, this Beer Braised Pulled Pork is tender, juicy and full of flavor!
If you’ve been checking out my food prep posts lately you may have noticed we’ve been eating a lot of pulled pork. That’s because I’ve finally figured out the best way to make it. Believe it or not, it’s not in a crockpot. Don’t get me wrong, I love my crockpot!
Check out all of the slow cooker recipes on my blog!
But when it comes to pulled pork, mine always seems to get more chewy than tender. So, a few months ago when my family was visiting, we decided to try it in my Le Creuset Dutch Oven and turned out great!
I’ve made it a few times since then, playing around with the oven temperature and the cooking liquid and I’ve finally figured out what works best for us! After making it a few times using whatever beer I had on hand, hubby suggested trying it with a darker beer like a porter and it actually made a big difference. It seems like flavorful dark beers really lend themselves well to slow cooking — perfect of this beer braised pulled pork!
So here’s how you make it:
Beer Braised Pulled Pork
Slow cooked in dark beer, this pulled pork is juicy and full of flavor!
- 4.5 - 5 pound Pork Shoulder Boston Roast (bone in or boneless)
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1- 12 oz bottle dark beer (I used Sierra Nevada Porter)
- Place peppers and onions in a dutch oven.
- Add pork shoulder.
- Pour beer over top.
- Cover and place in the oven.
- Bake at 275 degrees F for 4-5 hours until meat is tender enough to easily shred with fork.
- Shred and remove bone if necessary.
I’ve done this with both bone-in and boneless pork shoulder and both have worked great. Note that if you want to make this in the slow cooker you definitely could! I’d recommend trying it on low for about 8 hours!
You can shred it in the dutch oven and store it with the peppers, onions and cooking liquid, or you can remove it from the pot, shred and discard the veggies and liquid.
This gives us enough meat for several meals. Here are some of the ways you could use your leftovers.
Asian Lettuce Wraps
I’ve made these with pork tenderloin but leftover pulled pork would work well too!
Mexican Loaded Sweet Potato
The perfect vehicle for leftover pork!
What’s your favorite way to use leftover pork?