PULLING Dinner Together For the Kids – Crockpot Pulled Pork

Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.


Let’s face it.  I’m a busy Mom.  I blog, I home school, I bring the kids to violin and horn lessons, I go to the gym, and I go to the store. I go…and go…and go! I don’t really have time (nor do I care) to make fancy involved meals with gourmet ingredients.  Let’s just say I want the easiest way from first ingredient to my kids’ plates.

Call me lazy if you will.  I just want 2 minutes to sit down during the day.

This is what makes this recipe so great!  Just wait, you will love it!

Pulled Pork

Ingredient List

  1. A Crock Pot with a low and high setting. (picture 2)
  2. A&W Root Beer – or just any of your favorite Root Beer.  You just need a can.  Personally, I don’t like Root Beer, so I just got the first thing I saw on the shelf that was on sale. (picture 1)
  3. Pork Tenderloin – I know – expensive, right?  Read on – it’s totally 100% worth it!  Trust me.  Every time  you go to the store, check prices on the tenderloin.  When it’s on sale, buy it.  Today, I got a $30.00 cut of meat for $12.00.
  4. Your favorite BBQ sauce.  Or, even better, make your own.  I used store bought because I don’t want or need the extra work.  I like a little bit of spice, so I got something a little sweet and a lot spicy! (picture 5)

That’s it.

Cool, eh? It’s so simple you could almost memorize the list.  But, if you are like me, don’t try it.  You will end up with a cart full of stuff – and still have to go back to the store for missing ingredients.


  1. Wash off the pork and place it in the Crock Pot.  (picture 2)
  2. Pour a can of A&W Root Beer (or your favorite kind) over the pork. (picture 1)
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.  While it cooked, I picked up food for my daughter and took her to a birthday party.  I had lunch with my little boys.  I took them to the park, fed the baby, and went to pick up my daughter.  We then went out for ice cream (My son and I had chocolate chip cookie dough and my daughter had strawberry with gummy bears on top).  I then took my daughter to her violin lesson.  I fed the baby in the car, changed a few diapers, and by the time we came home (about 7 hours), it was done!
  4. I took the meat out of the Crock Pot and shredded the pork.  I did this by sticking the fork into the pork and twisting.  The pork just comes off in shreds. (Picture 3).
  5. I placed the shredded pork in a bowl.  (Picture 4)
  6. I tried my BBQ sauce of choice to make sure it was delicious.  (Picture 6)
  7. Then I put my BBQ sauce on the pork and mixed it up.  I used the entire 28 oz bottle on my cut of meat.  Just add slowly to your taste.  I like my pork dripping with sauce. (picture 7)
  8. It’s kid approved (and my kids are picky)! (Pictures 9-12)
  9. It’s definitely adult approved!  Relax and enjoy!  (Picture 13)

This recipe is so very easy and so very delicious!  We went on about our busy day and came out with a masterpiece!

Trust me (from a Root Beer hater) you don’t taste the Root Beer.

Try it – you’ll love it!




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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free vanilla orange sugar cookies, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade “Flubber”!
  • Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that’s been around forever.
  • Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
  • Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she’s trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
  • Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It’s a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
  • One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you’ll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
  • Our Family’s Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
  • Deliciously Easy Crock Pot ChiliLactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
  • All-Purpose Crock Pot PorkCrunchy Con Mommy‘s simple “recipe” for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
  • Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
  • Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
  • Grandma’s Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma’s banana bread. It’s love in a loaf!
  • Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.

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  1. Yet more proof that we need to get a crockpot! I think that it will make life much easier once I go back to work. In the meantime, I’ll drool over this pulled pork.
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  2. I have NEVER heard of using root beer, and I am totally trying it next time we make pork (which we do semi-often)! Thank you for the idea :)
    Dionna recently posted…Family Rules: A Recipe for HarmonyMy Profile

  3. O.k. I’m so going to try this. I’m not a big pork eater, but I do eat it. We usually make pulled beef sandwiches, but I love RB so this sounds good!
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  4. This sounds incredible! I’ll definitely give it a try!
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  5. Sounds so yummy! and Im a total root beer hater too so this will be a challenge
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  6. It really is great! No root beer flavor. Promise. After you put on the sauce, all you can taste is deliciousness!

    thanks so much for stopping by, Lauren.
    Lisa recently posted…PULLING Dinner Together For the Kids – Crockpot Pulled PorkMy Profile

  7. I wouldn’t have thought about adding root beer, but that sounds it would add a nice bite to the dish. We have a locally bottled natural root beer that we could give a try with this. Thanks for sharing this on the carnival!
    Becky recently posted…Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Meal PlanningMy Profile

  8. Crunchy Con Mom

    How funny-I did crockpot pork too :)
    But I didn’t think of using root beer! Yum!
    Crunchy Con Mom recently posted…All-purpose Crock Pot PorkMy Profile

  9. Man, this makes me wish there was a vegetarian equivalent to pulled pork. ;)

  10. I am veggie, but I got as far as “can of root beer” and knew my bro would LOVE this recipe. He LOVES pulled pork!
    SRB recently posted…wordless wednesday: MRRRRP editionMy Profile

  11. I love crockpot pulled pork! I normally just do BBQ sauce on the pork, but I’ll definitely have to try adding some root beer too. And I love the tip of putting the fork in and turning it. Seems way easier than taking two forks and pulling it apart like I normally do! Thanks for sharing!

  12. As a homeschooling, on the go mom, I also love using my slow cooker.

    I think we may be having pulled pork some time soon.
    Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children recently posted…Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival April Call for Submissions: Peaceful Parenting AppliedMy Profile

  13. Hi Lisa Thanks for sharing your crock pot recipe idea on Foodie Friends Friday!
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  14. Libby McIntyre says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST…..It’s amazing to be able to find recipes online, especially ones like yours that are really super easy to make…I really do appreciate it…..I’m actually trying it tonight! :D

    • So great Libby! I really hope you enjoy it! It is super easy (I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t). I don’t have time for all that gourmet cooking. I just need something that is easy and tasty so the kids will eat it!

      Let me know how it goes.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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    • Libby McIntyre says:

      I actually did this, and it came out literally……AMAZING, and I’m not really a huge cooker, I’m getting there, but not yet, and again, I just wanted to thank you for this….it came out unbelievable……You’re AMAZING! :D

  15. Yes! Finally someone writes about bbq sauce for pulled pork drippings.
    Andra recently posted…AndraMy Profile

  16. I love root beer. At least I can now do something else with it other than bottoms up.


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