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Pulled Pork with Carmelized Onions

I was having a conversation with my sister earlier this week about food – yes, I know; big surprise right? We were discussing our favorite foods and without hesitation we both said “pork”.  I’m not sure which I enjoy more about pork, its flavor, juiciness or high degree of versatility, but I’d happily enjoy it if stranded on a desert island for any amount of time.  Lately, pulled pork has been my version of choice. And here’s a great recipe that calls for Diet Pepsi…not exactly typical I know, but it really does hit the mark, by lending a subtle sweet flavor that works beautifully with the savory ingredients.  Try this simple yet delicious recipe and I’m sure you’ll agree.

You will need:

3-4lb center cut pork loin

1 onion, sliced

2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground mustard

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 C low sodium chicken broth

2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar

16 oz bottle of diet Pepsi



Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients and then rub the mix all over the meat. Allow the meat to rest for 30 minutes.

Place in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat and add oil.  Add the onion and saute until the meat just begins to become browned on the edges. Push the onion to the sides of the pan, placing your pork loin in the center. Brown well on all sides.  What you’re looking for here is for the meat to develop a brown crust. This takes about 10-15 minutes.

Next add your broth, vinegar and Diet Pepsi and bring to a simmer.  Remove the pot from the heat and place in your oven for 5-6 hours , taking care to turn the meat every 45 minutes to an hour.  The meat is done when your can pierce it and it falls apart easily.

Remove the meat from the pot and place on a large platter. Reserve the juices. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and then begin pulling apart with forks and pour remaining juices over the top.  You can certainly serve this with barbeque sauce if you desire, but it is also wonderful all on its own.

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ohmygosh my husband would love me forever if I made him this! =) it looks great!

Abby says:

oh I love this! Could I use regular pepsi or would that be too sweet?

Holly Henry says:

Thanks for visting Abby :) I think regular pepsi would work just fine. Enjoy!

Susan says:

Looks wonderful! My kind of make it and walk away for a good while meal!

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