Dr. Pepper pulled pork tacos are a hearty, flavorful meal, sure to please sports fans on game day, or to feed a crowd at a Memorial Day picnic!
It is not a surprise to the people that know me that I am not a sports fan. I don’t even try to pretend anymore. I am not saying there is anything wrong with following a team I just have never felt the desire to sit down and watch an NFL game or feel the exhilarating rush of a college basketball buzzer beater.
Now it goes without saying that I love to cheer on my son during swim meets. And I do support our local teams, happy that my friends and family get swept away in the hoopla. I am sure the excitement is palpable when you step foot in Lucas Oil Stadium to watch a Colts game, but I wouldn’t know, as I have never been to one.
The only exception is that I enjoy going to professional baseball games. Strange, I know, since they can be slow and a little boring at times. We took our kids to see our favorite team, the Reds, play in 2009, when Ken Griffey Jr. was trying to reach 600 career home runs. Now that was an exciting game. I think baseball tickets make excellent Father’s Day gifts and that is usually what I treat the men in my life to every year. Sometimes the Reds, or closer to home, like the Indianapolis Indians.
I know just enough about baseball, football and basketball to be able to make conversation and that is about all. Asking me to become an expert on all things athletic is like asking Charles Barkley to help me pick out olive oil…..not likely to happen.
So for me, this time of year, March Madness takes on a literal meaning. Everyone I know is scurrying around filling out their brackets, staying up at all hours to see how “their team” is doing. Selection Sunday followed by Bracketology and 2 more hours of commentary are not my idea of a relaxing Sunday. But not everyone has the same interests and that is OK.
Now that you know that I am the opposite of a fan, you may be surprised to hear that my spouse is the ultimate sports fanatic. The Louisville Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Redskins hold a special place in his heart. To say that he is a passionate Louisville fan would be an understatement, but he is loyal. Through their ups and downs, he and my sons are there for it all.
I used to hang out with them on Sunday afternoons, watching a game, making predictions and such. Apparently, I ask too many questions, so I decided that if I can’t watch with them then I can make one heck of a post-game meal. Something that isn’t at all girly but rather, a Manly Meal, I call it.
Spicy Dr. Pepper pulled pork is up to the challenge of feeding these 3 hungry guys.
In my pantry I have a small box where I store recipes that I have accumulated over the years that appeal to a more “Meat and Potatoes” crowd. When Grilled Chicken just won’t cut it I go to the box for inspiration. It was there I found a Pioneer Woman recipe for Dr. Pepper pulled pork. The ingredients are simple: Dr. Pepper, Chipotle chiles, and pork butt. What is more manly sounding than that?
I may not be in on the excitement of the big game, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a game plan of my own in the kitchen.
Like any good Team Mom, I am ready after the last buzzer sounds to feed my players spicy Dr. Pepper pulled pork tacos.
To make the tacos, serve the pulled pork on warm flour tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and whatever else you’d like. This is a very easy meal to prepare and is very versatile. Besides tacos, it can be served as sandwiches, nachos, or even on a pizza.
If you like the flavor of Dr. Pepper, be sure to also try my Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce recipe!
Dr. Pepper pulled pork goes well with these side dishes: