Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale Pulled Pork Sliders

by Kelli H. on November 17, 2013

I mentioned in last week’s brew review of Gingerbread Ale that I had talked to Dan on twitter about developing a recipe for Bison Brewing. They sent me two free beers to come up with a recipe. I was so excited to get started. I had an idea of — how original — Gingerbread Ale Muffins. I made those last Sunday, took pictures, and then tasted the finish product. Yeah…not blog worthy. I started worrying a bit as the sun was starting to go down (dang daylight savings). I had about three-fourths of a beer left, and I wanted to come up with something fast! So, I made Gingerbread Ale Waffles. While the end product was delightfully tasty, I felt I hadn’t done a good enough job. I wanted to be proud of my work, and I just wasn’t. So, Gingerbread Ale Waffles did not make the cut either. That night I was disappointed with my creativity and end products. I went to bed hounding myself of what I could make, and then it came to me. I dreamt up my new recipe, and I had a really great feeling about it.

I was now out of Gingerbread Ale and had to find where to buy it. I had hoped the Whole Foods near my house would have it, so I sent David to pick some up last Thursday. Of course, they did not have it. Friday we called multiple places; our favorite deli near our home that sells Bison and nope, then Bottle Barn and nope. Finally we got lucky and the newer bigger Whole Foods said they had it stocked. YES! David went after work and picked us up a 4 pack. We also scored because it was a $1.00 off! That always makes me happy. Yes, I get super happy to save one dollar. Is that normal?

Yesterday morning I got up and first thing I did was get this pork in the oven. I wanted to do it originally in our Crock-pot, but wouldn’t you know ours won’t hold a five pound pork shoulder? No worries, my Dutch oven came to the rescue.

I do have to come clean. This was the first time I’ve ever made pulled pork, and I am kind of patting myself on my back. It came out so delicious! I learned that pulled pork is super easy to make, and I’m guessing probably foolproof. It’s one of those dishes that seems like it’s difficult to make, but I just left that thing in the oven, checked on it every two hours, and that was that. The most difficult task was getting that sucker out of the Dutch oven. A steaming hot 5 pound pork shoulder is a little scary! I mean, I didn’t want to drop that piece of meat. Alas, I did not. I shredded it and had a huge plate full of pulled pork heaven. I even have enough leftover to make some pulled pork enchiladas for dinner tonight.

Don’t let the Gingerbread Ale scare you out of making these. This beer has lots of wintery spices, but none are overpowering. This beer is the perfect beer to cook your pork in. The flavor is very mild and also pairs well with the tangy blue cheese in the coleslaw. You don’t have to use my coleslaw, feel free to use your own favorite. I’d rate these as some of the best pulled pork sliders I’ve ever had! Thanks to Bison Brewing for sending me free beers to taste and play around with!

Gingerbread Ale Pulled Pork Sliders

5-7 pounds pork shoulder
1 large onion, halved and then 1/2″ slices
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 (12 oz) Bison Brewing Gingerbread Ale’s
Blue Cheese Coleslaw
Slider Buns

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large Dutch oven spread out onion slices.

2. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub all over pork shoulder. Place pork shoulder fat side facing up into Dutch oven. Pour in the Gingerbread Ale’s, place lid on top, and bake in oven for 4-6 hours*. Every 2 hours flip the pork over, but make sure to end with the fat side up.

3. Remove the shoulder out of the Dutch oven once the meat is falling off the bone. Place onto a cutting board and start shredding the meat with two forks. Be careful to keep the fat in a separate pile. Spoon out some of the cooked onions and the gingerbread cooking ale and pour over the shredded pork.

4. Serve pulled pork on slider buns and top with blue cheese coleslaw.

Depending on the size of your shoulder the cooking time will vary. I cooked 5 pounds and it took 4.5 hours. You’ll know it’s done when the meat is falling off the bone when you poke it with a fork.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Callan November 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

These look out of this world good! love the spices you’re using, delicious
Mary x


Alexandra Zakharova November 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

oh, yummy, not healthy, though:) Thank You for sharing such a nice post!
Wish you a blessed day ahead!


Made in Sonoma November 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Nope, not health food by any means, but sometimes ya gotta live on the wild side. 🙂


Nanny November 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Those pulled pork sandwiches look so good, I’ve never made pulled pork before either but would like to try it if I can find the Gingerbread ale, yum.


~A. Shellie~ November 18, 2013 at 3:21 am

You are making my mouth water and I am defiantly going to make these this weekend!!!
Thanks for sharing this recipe!


Tara November 18, 2013 at 4:33 am

I’ve made pulled pork for my first time a few months ago and you are right, it is so easy!

I need to start looking into dutch ovens, my sister keeps telling me to get one. I might have to invest in one for Christmas!


Made in Sonoma November 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

They are definitely worth the money!


Marin mama cooks November 19, 2013 at 12:37 am

Girl, these look amazing and I’m so happy that you finally got a good recipe that you were psyched about after all those attempts. It’s a bummer when you’re so excited to create something new and tasty and it just doesn’t work out, but you kept on trying and voila, you got yourself a winner! Yippee!!
We love pulled pork, but John is the one that makes it as I’m like you, a bit nervous to give it at try. He’s the meat cooking man of the house. Congrats on a tasty recipe and those enchiladas sound yummy! 🙂 xoxo, Jackie


Natalie November 19, 2013 at 1:32 am

I’m not a beer drinker but I LOVE pulled pork and these look so good!


Val November 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I’m pretty sure I could eat these daily!


natalie @ once upon a cutting board November 20, 2013 at 4:03 am

Your other recipes sound great too but I know how it feels when you really want something to turn out well, it makes it hard for anything to be good enough! But your end product sounds worth the effort! I would love to get my hands on some gingerbread ale!


Made in Sonoma November 20, 2013 at 5:23 am

I think you’d probably like this beer! I wish I could get you some!


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