How you doin’? Do you know who Leonard Heuberger was? He was a very important man. No, he’s not the inventor of the hamburger—the name is spelled differently. Well, according to barbecue historians in the know, old Len founded a barbecue restaurant in Memphis named Leonard's in 1922. Leonard was the inventor of the classic Memphis pulled pork barbecue sandwich. This sandwich was prepared on a bun with pulled pork, a tomato-based barbecue sauce and coleslaw.
If you love original barbecued pulled pork sandwiches as much as I do, you’ll love this simple recipe that takes just over an hour to prepare—most of that time is watching the “pot boil”.
Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork is easy to make, juicy and fall-apart tender. The secret is in the second Instant Pot cook after you pull the pork apart. Please read below and check out my ChefSecret on making a great recipe even greater.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
3- to 4-pound pork shoulder cut into 4 to 6 large chunks
1 can root beer soda
2-1/2 cups barbecue sauce (I use KC Masterpiece Original)
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
6 toasted over-sized hamburger buns for serving
1 cup coleslaw
ChefSecret: I leave the shredded pork in the cooking liquid and chill it down for a couple of hours and then refrigerate it overnight. Before using the pork, I lift off and discard the layer of fat. I reheat the amount of shredded pork needed in the microwave and serve on a burger bun topped with chopped coleslaw.
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