October 14, 2011

Slow-Cooker Cherry Cola Pulled Pork with Dark Cherry-Mustard Sauce & Costco Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}


The Occasion: Casual get together with friends.

Menu: Cherry-Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cherry-Mustard Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Attendees: Party of 6, with kids!

Naptime Goals: Set-up pork in slow-cooker!

As part of my collaboration with Costco and the National Pork Board this week I developed a recipe using a Boneless Sirloin Tip Roast I got at Costco. Since we were planning a get together with friends recently I decided to use the meat for a great casual entertaining recipe. I’ve always loved making pulled pork in the slow-cooker so I decided to sweeten it up with some cherry cola and top it with a delicious cherry-mustard sauce.

I popped everything in the slow-cooker while my daughter was at school and let it bubble away all afternoon. Before dinner I wrapped up the menu and took the meat out of the cooker. The pork shredded into small pieces without a problem and I simply served it up on potato buns with the sweet sauce. I was thrilled with the sweet fruity mustard flavor of the sandwich. It was a terrific easy fall sandwich that I am sure to make again this winter!

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 Cherry Cola Pulled Pork with Cherry-Mustard Sauce


1 4 to 5 lb boneless sirloin tip pork roast
1 liter cherry cola
1 cup barbeque sauce
1 tablespoon garlic salt


1 cup dried cherries
½ cup mustard
¼ cup cherry juice


1. Add the pork to the slow-cooker and pour in the cherry-cola, bbq sauce and garlic salt. Turn it to high heat and allow it to cook for three hours.

2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add the cherries, mustard and cherry juice and allow it to slowly melt together until a sauce forms.

3. Shred the pork and place it on the sandwich buns with a dab of sauce. Serve!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Pulled pork can be served warm or cold. Try serving it with a starch like rice or potatoes on the side. Oven baked french fries would be great, too!

Naptime Stopwatch

5 minutes prep time, 5 minutes “shred & serve” time!

Naptime Reviews

A great family recipe!

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15 Responses to “Slow-Cooker Cherry Cola Pulled Pork with Dark Cherry-Mustard Sauce & Costco Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}”

  1. jenn says:

    Looking forward to trying the recipe!  I marinate a pork tenderloin overnight (or the good portion of the day) in Trader Joe’s Soyaki, and then I put it in a roasting pan and roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until it reaches the desired internal temperature.  Slice and serve with rice and some sauteed asparagus and snap peas – easy dinner!

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  3. Jbandick says:

    This sounds so good. I just love putting a roast in my dutch oven and letting it cook low and slow all day. Great for family get together s. Thanks so much for the recipes

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    I like Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs


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  14. Sarah H.P. says:

    I love marinating pork tenderloin in a delicious mixture of herbs, wholegrain mustard, honey, and a little salt and pepper. Roasted in the oven it is so wonderfully tender and juicy!