this dish is great for any season and is also multi-functional! (never thought that i’d say that about food, but it really is!) you can serve it on a sandwich, tom style with bbq sauce, pickles and melted pepper jack cheese, in a taco, on nachos, or use it for pretty much anything you’d want to put pulled pork on. i’m thinking that it might even be great on a pizza… mmm.
i’ve adapted the original recipe to be a two-person friendly, crock pot gig, with leftovers for one meal. if you want to make it for more than two, i’d recommend following the original recipe.
slightly adapted from thepioneerwoman.com
- 1 small onion, chopped into 1″ pieces
- 2 lbs. boneless pork tenderloin
- salt and pepper
- 1 7 oz. can, chipotles in adobo sauce (find it the ethnic section of your grocery store!)
(chipotles are smoked jalapeños and adobo is a sweet, smoky and spicy sauce. it gives this dish some kick!)
- 1 12 oz. can, dr. pepper
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- place the chopped onions in a crock pot. (alternatively, you can use a dutch oven in an oven set to 300°)
- place tenderloins on top of the onions. cover them with salt and pepper, on both sides.
- dump the chipotles in adobo sauce on top. it should look something like this:
- now this is where things get crazy. add a can of dr. pepper to the crock pot.
- add some brown sugar to the mix.
- i can set my crock pot to reach a certain temp (using a temp sensor, thanks engineering husband of mine :)) and then it reverts back to warm, low or high. i set my crock pot to 160° and then to to low. if you don’t have a tom, or a crock pot with a temp sensor, just cook it low (and slow) for approx 4 hours. turning tenderloins after 2 hrs, so they cook evenly.
- pull the tenderloins out of the crock pot. shred using a fork and then chop into bite size pieces. you might want to pull the chipotles out and chop them up, as well.
- throw the meat back into the crockpot (leaving the dr. pepper/adobo mixture in there.) allow to simmer for a few more hours. if you can wait that long.
- serve on a sandwich, tacos, nachos, pizza.