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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Paging Dr. Chipotle, Dr. Chipotle

1 bone in Pork butt (5-7 pounds)
1 (11oz) can Chipotle peppers
2 cans Dr. Pepper
2 medium Onions
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper

Sounds crazy right?? I thought so! But I also thought I must try this recipe! I love to slow cook pork butt in my cast iron dutch oven. I did a very bad thing once...I let my dutch oven rust. Eeeesh!! But, being the super-duper fantastic bestest husband in the world, my sweetie worked hard and restored it back to its beautiful self. (The curse words I spat every time I would unexpectedly find a microscopic metal shaving with my fingertips were uttered with nothing but love!)

Back to the deliciousness...pork butt isn't really pork butt. It is actually pork shoulder. Meat from this section is relatively fatty, which makes for juicy, tender, and flavorful roasts as well as clogged arteries. Yeah clogged arteries!! Seriously, there are hundreds of ways to cook a pork butt. If you have never cooked a pig butt, this recipe is a good place to start!

You will need a nice bone in pork butt (or shoulder), I used a 6 pounder. You will have a ton of tasty meat, which is a good thing!! I always rinse the pork under cold running water and then pat dry with paper towels. This is not necessary but I was taught to always rinse pork and chicken so I do. Generously season the pork with salt and fresh ground pepper.

Grab 2 medium sized onions, white or yellow, peel and cut into eights. Place them into the bottom of a dutch oven (or any other deep oven proof pot with a lid). Place seasoned pork on top of onions (I place fat side up).

Open the chipotle peppers and dump them right on top of the pork, sauce and all. Don't panic, the heat mellows and you are using a lot of meat so it won't be blow your head off spicy. If you have a sensitive palate or are serving this to kids, you may want to back off and use a half a can. Your call! If you have never had chipotle peppers, boy are you in for a treat! Smokey, spicy goodness. 

Now we get crazy...open 2 cans of Dr. Pepper, insert Gene Simmons singing Dr. Love here, and gently pour over the chipotle topped pork. I ended up only using 1 ½ cans, but if you have room use both cans. My pork was about ¾ of the way covered with the Pepper.

Now sprinkle the brown sugar on and around the pork.

Lid on! Oven at 300 degrees! Cook that butt!! For at least 6 hours. You can either flip the butt over a few times or if you are like me and you totally forget that step, no worries! Its fantastic either way!! Your goal is to have meat that just falls apart. If you take two forks and pull gently the meat will just shred easily. If it doesn't, cook that sucker longer!!

Remove the bone carefully and shred all the meat. Serving this is fun! Tacos, sandwiches, nachos, pizza, the possibilities are endless!

Enjoy friends!!