pulling out all the stops!

So for a hearty Sunday supper, I decided something cooked low and slow was in order… a succulent pork shoulder caught my eye at the market so the decision was easy… pulled pork draped over a sweet, chunk of cornbread!
Seasoned only with salt, I started by simply browning the pork on all sides in a heavy pot. Once browned, into the pot went two bottles of root beer, along with a bottle of BBQ sauce! I used a pretty large bottle since this was a large hunk of pork shoulder, as well as two bottles of the root beer since I wanted to make sure there was enough liquid to cover about half of the shoulder…
The lid was popped onto the pot, and then into the oven for three hours on 350 degrees [turning the shoulder once halfway through cooking process]… for the last thirty minutes, the lid came off to help concentrate the liquid down and make it almost syrupy!
After everything was finished cooking, it was time to shred! The shredded shoulder was then tossed back into the sauce and stirred until completely coated… [I picked constantly while shredding, but shhhhh!!! don’t tell anyone].
Once it was time to eat, I couldn’t control myself! The flavors were incredible… salty and sweet, slightly spicy and almost gingery. The cornbread played a perfect balance to this whole story and made me want more than seconds [don’t judge!]
This is going to make one hell of a sandwich tomorrow for lunch…

at a low simmer…
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