Rich & Dan's Rye IPA Pulled Pork Sliders
By: Jordan McMillan, Digital Marketing Published:
Last week I took a trip down to Austin, Texas and had some finger lickin’ good Texas BBQ. Brisket and turkey smothered in BBQ sauce with a side of slaw and baked beans. Does it get any better? Now that I’m back in New England, I decided to whip up my own BBQ with my favorite Harpoon beer, Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA.
Originally, I thought the spicy bitterness from the rye malt and hops would bring out the flavors in the pork. Instead, the pork brought out the malty sweetness in the beer. The final product is tender and juicy with just the right amount of sweetness.
Slow Cooker Rye IPA Pulled Pork
- 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA
- 1 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp.ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1 (3-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (also known as pork butt)
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA.
- Combine the sugar, chili powder, measured salt, cumin, cinnamon and paprika in a small bowl.
- Rinse then pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic.
- Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.
- Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board.
- Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through a strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker. Set the strained liquid aside. (If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it.)
- Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.
- Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker, add the barbecue sauce and mix to combine. Taste and season with salt as needed.
- Serve pulled pork on slider buns.
- Crack open a Rich & Dan’s’ Rye IPA and enjoy!