Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

I LOVE pulled pork.

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I’m, like, totally not your typical pulled pork kind of gal. But when meat is this good, I can be any kind of gal you need me to be.

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I’m not sure if it’s the way it smells, the texture, the way it reminds me of Football Sundays. I definitely love how easy it is to make; literally a “set it and forget it” deal.

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I ate my pulled pork on kale with avocado because I’m a vegetable freak, but this would be amazing on pretty much any kind of roll or bun you can find. Or by itself. I’m pretty sure this would even be amazing on ice cream. Like, 95% sure.

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Regardless, this pulled pork is the prefect meal  in every way. It’s great for a lazy day at home and also prefect for a crowd. It makes your house smell like a delicious, spicy meat house (which is definitely a good thing). The ingredient list is short, so it’s wallet friendly, too! Really, dinner doesn’t get much better than this.

Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: At least 8 hours, preferably overnight | Total time: At least 8 hours

Yield: About 6 servings, depending on the side of the pork shoulder

  • 1 (5-7 lb) pork shoulder with a good layer of fat on one side
  • 2 large white onions
  • 1 can of coke
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)

Cut up one of the onions and lay over the bottom of your slow cooker. Season the outside of the pork shoulder with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker on top of the onions. Add another layer of onions on top. Pour the coke  in to the slow cooker. You want the liquid to go about 2/3-3/4 of the way up the slow cooker, but now more because, as it cooks, the shoulder will release it’s own juices, and you don’t want your cooker to overflow! Set your cooker on low, cover and heat for at least 8 hours,  but preferably overnight.

Shred the pork with a fork, removing the fat as necessary. Add in the BBQ sauce and stir. Heat on low until ready to serve. Your house will smell amazing and keeping your fork out of the bowl will be nearly impossible.

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Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

A few nights ago, I went out to dinner and had sweet potato fries. A whole order. And chicken wings. And a quesadilla. With bacon. I may have over-eaten by just a little bit. It was kind of awkward.

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However, despite the obscene amount of food I ate the night before, all I could think about the next day was making this pizza. There were strawberries in my fridge and I had a weird, aching desire to  throw a bunch of these crazy flavors together on to a delicious whole wheat crust. I was literally a women possessed.

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So, I somehow found the strength to cook this baby up and squeeze it in my still-stuffed stomach. Best decision ever. The flavor combination was so unique and just worked.

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The onions were both sweet and salty, the blue cheese added a bit of tang, and the sweet balsamic reduction and strawberries complimented each other perfectly. Buying a prepared pizza dough meant that the dish will be ready in no time at all.

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This pizza is the perfect easy dinner, whether you’re actually hungry or not (ahem).

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Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes |Total time: 25 minutes

Yield 2-4 servings

Pizza

  • 16 oz prepared whole wheat pizza dough (I found my at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced about ¼ inch thick
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • About 10 basil leaves, julienned

Balsamic reduction

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Let pizza dough sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before using. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stretch dough to edges of pan, making it as even as possible. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over dough, seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.

While oven is preheating, dice onion and garlic cloves and add to a heated skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook until onions are translucent and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes.

Bake the dough for approximately 5 minutes, until edges are slightly golden brown and have begun to firm. Remove the  crust out of the oven and top with the onions. Spread the strawberries out evenly over the crust. Do the same with the blue cheese. Finally, sprinkle the basil over the pizza. Stick the whole thing back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges have browned.

While the pizza is baking, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat.

As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Slice up and serve immediately. Yuuum.