Spicy Cherry Pop Roasted Pork

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Spicy Cherry Pop Roasted Pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender.

Spicy & Sweet this pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender. Perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos! Spicy Cherry Pop Roasted Pork has become a family favorite in our house in spite of it’s less than natural ingredients. It’s perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos! The story was that we were at a party and this dish was being served. My husband and I both loved it and asked for the recipe. The fact that it is a recipe from Ree Drummond had me interested so when we got home that night I looked it up.

I was shocked for two reasons. One, it was so simple! Two, I didn’t really love the ingredients. So I shelved it. Then one weekend when I was cleaning up I noticed I committed a party foul. Open leftover sodas in the house. And they were Dr. Peppers. So I pulled a pork shoulder out of our deep freeze and got to work.

Work was about five seconds and it was fine even from frozen. I’ve made this a number of ways since then. I’ve added cherries to the recipe, sometimes in season I use fresh sour cherries, sometimes Rainier cherries. In a pinch I use bottle maraschino cherries with some of the liquid. So this dish has managed to work into our summer rotation, usually a few times in the summer. We serve it with macaroni and cheese, over nachos, or in tacos too. It is delicious, full of flavor, and is always a hit with everyone who eats it. Well done Ree, well done.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cute the onion into wedges and put in the bottom of the pot. Put the pork on top.
Season with salt and pepper. Add the Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, adobo peppers and cherries with juice.

Spicy & Sweet this pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender. Perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos!

Recipe

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Spicy Cherry Pop Pork

  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
Spicy & Sweet this pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender. Perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos!

Ingredients

  • 5 pound Pork Shoulder ("pork Butt")
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 1/2 can Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
  • 24 ounces Dr. Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries (including juice)

Instructions

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  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Cute the onion into wedges and put in the bottom of the pot.
  3. Put the pork on top.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, adobo peppers and cherries with juice.
  6. Cover and cook for 6 hours.
  7. Flip the pork a couple of times during the cooking process.
  8. Shred with a fork.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Pioneer Woman

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Dinner then Dessert TIPS Would you rather make this in the slow cooker? EASY! Cook it on low for 7-9 hours. Don’t add any additional liquids. Spicy & Sweet this pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender. Perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos!

Spicy & Sweet this pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender. Perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos!
Spicy & Sweet this pork is roasted over onions with chipotle peppers and cherry flavored pop along with some fun maraschino cherries until fork tender. Perfect meal for a main course, tacos, on top of nachos!

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    1. This was the first recipe I had ever cooked with soda for. After that I came across the weight watchers cake recipe (cake mix and one diet soda) but other than that, this is it!

  1. I don’t cook with soda a lot, either, but every now and then it’s awesome in a recipe like this.

  2. This sounds like a really great dish! I love pork tenderloin and would love to recreate this in the cooler months.

    1. Yeah, it was a new and sort of skeptical experiment. If I saw the recipe having not already tasted the food I don’t know if I would’ve tried it. Plus the idea of cooking with so many chemicals is different for me but then I felt hypocritical because I do occasionally drink soda!

  3. I absolutely adore cooking with Dr Pepper! I used to drink it, I quit for health reasons, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a very occasional guilty pleasure. Especially now that they’ve started making it with real sugar. Have you tried that stuff (comes in a lime green can)? It’s really, really tasty. 🙂

    1. If you have any other awesome recipes with it, I would totally be open to more! I did see an episode of the chew where they used flat soda and simmered it until it was reduced and used it in a bbq glaze. I thought that was pretty ingenious as I have been guilty of opening a can and completely forgetting it.

  4. You can tell that it’s juicy just by looking at it! What a great idea to use cherry pop to help give it a delicious flavor!

  5. This is one of my favorite roast recipes. It is so delicious and the meat just falls apart. I make it all the time. I would definitely recommend this recipe.