Cherry Coke Style: Make Your Braised Pork Sandwich a Stand-Out

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Cherry Coke braised pork

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  • 2 Pounds pork shoulder, cut into 6 large chunks
  • 1 Dash Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Cup red wine
  • 2 Cans Cherry Coke
  • 1 bunch parsley stems, tied with string
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Cup beef broth


  • Total Time: hr  35 min
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 3 hr  15 min
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, and working in batches brown the meat on all sides until a golden crust forms.
  4. Transfer the pork to a plate.
  5. To the pan add the onion, celery, and carrot and sweat until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and sweat another 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 3 minutes to cook off the raw flavor. Sprinkle with the flour and cook another 2 minutes to cook off its raw flavor.
  8. Whisk in the wine and reduce it by half.
  9. Return the pork to the Dutch Oven, then stir in the beef broth, parsley stems, and bay leaves.
  10. Add the Cherry Coke if liquid does not come up to the top of the pork. Do not cover the pork with liquid.
  11. Cover the pan and place it in the oven to braise until the meat is fork tender, about 3 hours.
  12. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed.
  13. Pull meat apart to create pulled-pork sandwiches.

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