Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork w/ Cilantro Jalopeno Pesto

First I saw Pioneer Woman post this recipe.  I wanted to make it soon, but then I saw this addition on Indigo's Sugar Spectrum and knew I had to make it asap.  I decided to top it with some caramelized onions because lets be serious, I could throw caramelized onions on a bowl of cereal and Corey would devour it.

serve these on hawaiin sweet rolls, divine!

To start you'll need:
1 pork shoulder/butt (I used a little under a 4 pounder)
1 7 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
24 oz Dr. Pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large onion
salt & pepper

The pioneer woman's recipe called for cooking this in the oven, but I decided to go the easy route and throw it all in the crock pot all day.  Start by chopping your onion in pretty large chunks and layering it on the bottom of your crock pot.  Lay the pork on top (with fat layer on top) and salt & pepper.  Pour the can of peppers over the pork, then the dr. pepper, then the brown sugar.  Cook on low for about 8 hours or high for maybe 4.  You will know the pork is done when it easily falls apart.  And boy is it tender!  Before serving I pulled out some pork and a little of the cooking liquid and added some bbq sauce.  We loved the sweetness and spiciness of the pork!

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

1 1/2 cups cilantro
1/2 or 1 jalapeno (depending on the spiciness)
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in food processor and mix until smooth.

they were so juicy


  1. I'm not a cilantro person but these look delicious!

  2. yah yah! yours came out great....I really need a crockpot! ha.

    Glad you enjoyed it, have a great week!