Ever watch a cooking show and think to yourself, "I have got to try that?" I do it all the time. Especially when I watch the Pioneer Woman.
I watched Ree prepare this dish quite a while ago, but hesitated to make it for fear it would be too spicy for my guys. But I found a way around that and now it's one of my favorite feed-a-crowd go-to meals and one of my family's favorite things to eat.
Here's what you'll need:
1 whole pork butt, also known as a pork shoulder roast (personally, I don't get this because, let's face it, the butt and the shoulder are two different places)
2 onions, peeled and quartered
salt and pepper
1 - 11 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 cans Dr Pepper
4 packed tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat your over to 300 degrees.
Place the onions in the bottom of a large pot/dutch oven.
Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper, then set on top of the onions.
This is where it got a little scary for me.
Pour the entire can of chipotle peppers over the pork.
If you've ever tasted a chipotle pepper, you'll understand why this is so scary. Yet, while the pepper (which is actually a smoke-dried jalapeno) is hot, the adobe sauce has a wonderful smokey flavor. So, rather than worry about having a dish that was too spicy, I simply removed all but three or four of the chipotles (be sure to get the seeds, too), but left all of the sauce.
Next, open your soda (I used the store brand).
And pour it over the top.
Add the brown sugar, give it a stir, then cover and put in the oven for at least six hours, turning two or three times throughout the cooking process. Great for this time of year when you don't mind the oven going all day.
Simply pull it apart with a fork and add it back to the juice before serving.
Throw open a package of buns, maybe a jar of dill pickle slices, and you're done. Making this a great dish for a potluck.
The meat was tender with a slight sweetness and a hint of a kick. Just enough that you could detect the heat, but not enough to have you running for water. However, if you're worried, you could always remove more peppers.
So what was the last recipe you HAD TO TRY and actually did?