Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe with Beer

In all the years that I have been making pulled pork I don’t think I have ever used the same recipe twice. Most of the pulled pork recipes that I have made come out decent, like this vinegar based pulled pork recipe while a few others have been duds. Many of the recipes call for large amounts of paprika but to me it just doesn’t taste right in pulled pork. Then I came across this crock pot pulled pork recipe with beer that looked intriguing, and with a few tweaks I made it my own.crock pot pulled pork recipe beer

At first I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try it or not. I am not much of a beer drinker but I do enjoy it in recipes so I figured I would give it a shot.

The results were simply amazing! In fact, this Pulled pork recipe is so good that next time I will probably leave out the barbecue sauce and just serve it on the side.

Below is the exact recipe I used. I normally use pork shoulder but Aldi had boneless pork butt roasts on sale for $1.49 a pound. The one I bought was huge, around 8 pounds but you can use a smaller one and just adjust the ingredients as needed.

The entire recipe cost about $15 to make. It would have been perfect for a pot luck dinner but since it was just the three of us we had enough for four meals total (we had the BBQ for two nights then I froze two more family size portions for future meals).

To be honest, I normally don’t measure when I cook and with this recipe you really crock pot pulled pork barbecue recipe can’t mess this up, so don’t worry too much about adjusting the measurements exactly. You can also substitute a little onion powder for the minced onion, just decrease the amount to about a teaspoon.

One last thing before I get to the recipe, I usually like to sear all sides of the meat before putting in the crock pot because this is supposed to really add a depth of flavor, but with such a big roast I skipped this step and the results were still amazing. It also meant one step and one less dirty pan to wash!

Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe with Beer

  • 1 Large pork shoulder or pork butt roast (around 6-8 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 12 ounce bottle of beer (I used Sam Adams but any beer should do)
  • 28 ounce bottle barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • Sandwich rolls or corn bread


Place pork roast in large crock pot fat side up and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and minced onion. Pour beer over and around entire roast.

Cover and cook on high for about 5 hours or low for 7-8 hours or until meat is falling apart.

Remove roast from crock pot and set on large cutting board. Empty liquid from crock pot, reserve liquid.

Remove excess fat from pork and shred meat with two forks. Return to crock pot.

Stir 1/2 to a full bottle of barbecue sauce into the to shredded pork. You can also skim the fat off the reserved liquid and add some to the pork if desired. I added about 1/2 cup of the broth back into the meat and would probably have added more if I didn’t add the barbecue sauce.

Place meat on sandwich rolls or serve as is with a side of corn bread. I served on sandwich rolls along with this delicious corn recipe and macaroni salad

Crock Pot Size

If you plan on making a large roast then you will need at least a 6 quart crock pot. I love my crock pot, which has a locking lid which makes it great for taking to potlucks.

I currently have the manual crock pot shown on the right but if I ever need to replace it I will go with the programmable so that it will give me more options if I am not home, such as automatically switching to warm after so many hours.

The Crock-Pot brand says it will fit a six pound roast but mine was much bigger and fit just fine. although there was very little room on top.


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Serving Tips:

We found the Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce to be a bit too sweet for our taste so next time I will experiment with another brand. We will also top the meat with the barbecue sauce instead of mixing it into the pork. Either way is great though, we just really enjoyed the taste of the meat as is so you could even skip the barbecue sauce altogether..

If serving at a large gathering then this will go much further if you use small slider rolls. With pot lucks there are usually so many different side dishes to try to fit on a plate that a little of this goes a long way.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Root Beer

Some recipes call for using root beer instead of beer. I haven’t tried this method and it sounds like it would be too sweet. However, many swear by it. If you have tried either the beer recipe or the root beer recipe I would love to hear your results.

Chipped Ham Barbecue Recipe

I love pulled pork, but sometimes I want something a little different. And this got me to thinking about a good old fashioned ham BBQ. I hadn’t had it in a long time so I started looking online at some different recipes and found a chipped ham barbecue recipe that I liked. I then tweaked it according to some of the suggestions left by reviewers.

If you are wondering what chipped ham is, it’s just another word for shaved, which theychipped ham barbecue recipe will do for you at your grocery store deli.

Frugal Tip: if you want to make this recipe for a large crowd you can save a lot of money by getting a lean, boneless fully cooked ham from the meat department and getting it shaved at the deli.

I am not sure if all grocery stores do this but many will. Just make sure you go at a time when the store isn’t too busy because it is time consuming to shave an entire ham.

Chipped Ham Barbecue Recipe

      • 1 cup ketchup
      • 3/4 cup water
      • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
      • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
      • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
      • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion (optional, or you can substitute 1 teaspoon onion powder)
      • 1 1/2 pounds shaved (chipped) deli ham
      • Salt and pepper to taste (if ham is salty omit the salt)
      • 8 Hamburger rolls (see tip)
      • Sweet pickle relish (optional)

In a saucepan, combine the ketchup, water, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, minced onion, salt and pepper. Heat over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes for flavors to blend. Stir in the shaved ham and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until heated through. Serve on hamburger buns and top with sweet pickle relish if desired.

Makes Approximately 8 servings.

Tip: You can serve these on your favorite sandwich buns or smaller rolls for ham barbecue sliders. We like the Kings Hawaiian brand rolls for sliders and found a generic version  at our local Aldi for half the price.

Crock Pot Ham Barbecue Recipe

If you want to double or triple this ham BBQ recipe for a picnic or potluck you can easily do it in your slow cooker. Just place all ingredients for the sauce in your crock pot and heat until warmed. Stir in the ham and continue to heat until warmed through.

Crock pots vary so how long it takes depends on your crock pot as well as how much ham barbecue you make. Since the ham is fully cooked all you need to do is heat it through. I didn’t double the recipe and it took about 20 minutes on high in my crockpot for the sauce to warm and about another 30 minutes for the ham to warm through.

Serving Suggestion:
These go great with Red Wine Vinegar Coleslaw and Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad.

Recipe adapted from Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecue

5 Delicious Recipes for Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

When you think of gourmet you probably think delicious. But you also may think expensive and hard to make as well. But that isn’t always the case. In fact, there are simple ways that you can dress up the most delicious meals that wont take a huge bite out of your grocery budget, like with these 5 delicious recipes for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

    • Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

      Hawaiian grilled cheese sandwich


      I love recipes that taste gourmet but include simple to find ingredients. You can usually find the Kings Hawaiian buns at Walmart and other grocery stores. And due to their rising popularity you can often find generic versions as well.

      If you don’t have shallots then you could probably just substitute another minced onion.
      Get the recipe here: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Sandwich


    • Pesto Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

      pesto mozzarella grilled cheese recipe


      If you have an abundance of basil in your garden then you could make this delicious and gooey pesto mozzarella grilled cheese (and of course, jarred pesto would work as well).

      Besides the pesto, this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich uses just a few basic ingredients that you may already have on hand. It is  also a great way to use up leftover crusty bread. This recipe would  pair well with a cup of tomato soup.
      Get the recipe here: Pesto Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich


    • Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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      I love anything with avocado, including delicious guacamole. And nowadays guacamole is so popular that you can usually buy it already made at the grocery store or save money and make it yourself.

      This recipe for Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese has just a few simple ingredients but is so good. You could also customize it with some sliced tomato or maybe a different kind of cheese. Either way, this sandwich is easy to put together and makes for a great sandwich on a frugal budget.

      The recipe suggests using the guacamole at room temperature, which makes sense so you aren’t biting into cold guacamole, but I am so funny about leaving food out that should be refrigerated. According to Our Everyday Life, guacamole should not sit out more than two hours (or less than an hour if serving outside on a hot, 90 degree or above day). Just keep that in mind :).
      Get the recipe here: Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich


    • Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

      italian grilled cheese sandwich


      This Italian grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate way to use up leftover marinara sauce and crusty bread from a nice Italian dinner the night before, which means not only do you save time, but you save money as well with delicious planned leftovers.

      This grilled cheese calls for just a few ingredients (including two kinds of cheese) for a delicious and gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

      Fresh basil is optional, but if you happen to have some on hand  you should add that as well.
      Get the recipe here: Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich


    • Bacon, Brie and Apricot Grilled Cheese Sandwich

      bacon brie apricot grilled cheese sandwich

      Credit: Yammie’s Noshery

      Honestly I wasn’t going to include this sandwich on my list because it just seemed a bit too “gourmet” for a blog about eating on a budget.

      However, since discovering all sorts of inexpensive gourmet ingredients like brie at my local Aldi I just had to include it.

      What’s not to love with the yummy combination of sweet and salty. It also calls for a Balsamic vinegar reduction but don’t worry, it’s really easy to do.
      Get the recipe here: Bacon, Brie and Apricot Grilled Cheese Sandwich


These are just a few delicious recipes for gourmet style grilled cheese sandwiches. And the nice part about these sandwiches is they don’t take much more work than a traditional grilled cheese sandwich would take.

If you have your own favorite grilled cheese sandwich I would love to hear about it. Please feel free to comment below.

Vinegar Based Pulled Pork Recipe

There are a lot of delicious barbecue based pulled pork recipes but if you are looking for something different to try that will feed a crowd then this vinegar based pulled pork recipe  will be a big hit with your family or at your next potluck. It is more of a Carolina Style barbecue and it doesn’t require a traditional tomato based BBQ sauce.

I used a large, 8 pound pork shoulder that I got for a very reasonable $1.49 a pound.vinegar based pulled pork recipe This recipe will definitely feed a crowd or just make for your family and freeze extra for a future meal.

Vinegar Based Pulled Pork Recipe

  • 1 pork shoulder roast, about 8 pounds (this size fit perfectly in my 6 quart crock pot)
  • 2 large onions, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt (use less if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Place onions on bottom of slow cooker sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and place pork shoulder on top,fat side up (you can also trim some or all of the fat first but I leave it on and removed it later).

In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients and pour over the pork.

Cook on high 6-8 hours or low 8-10 hours* or until meat is tender and falling off the bone. At this point you will probably have a lot of liquid

Remove meat to a platter  and discard fat, bone and onions.  Strain liquid and set aside.

Place pork back in crock pot and shred with two forks. Add some of the liquid back in with the pork until it well moistened.

Serve as is or on rolls with a little barbecue sauce if desired. We like to serve this on rolls with potato or pasta salad, pickles and coleslaw.

For this recipe I used my 6 quart travel slow cooker that is perfect for transporting to vinegar based pulled pork recipepicnics and potlucks because the lid locks in place. It’s also a great size for roasts and other large cuts of meat.

*Cooking times will vary depending on your crock pot and how large your pork roast is. When I made this the first time I cooked an 8 pound pork shoulder on high for 6 hours  and served a few slices with dinner. I allowed the rest of it to continue cooking for another hour on low and by then it was easy to shred.

If using a smaller pork shoulder you can simply cut back on the ingredients and reduce the cooking time slightly.