This amazingly easy pulled pork recipe takes only 5 minutes to prepare, then you set it and forget it in your slow cooker. The best pulled pork you'll ever try! You'll need a slow cooker for this dish, or else you can cook it in a covered Dutch oven in a 225° oven for the same amount of time the recipe calls for. Either way, it's a long, slow braise that will leave your house smelling amazing.
In a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, sear the pork roast well on all sides. Transfer the pork roast to the slow cooker and return the pan to the stove.
Lower the burner to medium and add shallots, sautéing until gently browned. Transfer the shallots to the slow cooker and again return the pan to the stove.
Pour root beer into the pan and deglaze, scraping up all the lovely cooked pork bits on the bottom. Let cook for 2 minutes, scraping the bottom occasionally.
Pour the root beer over the pork in the slow cooker. Add honey, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
After the pork has cooked for 7 hours, drain off any excess liquid and shred the meat into small bits with two forks. Add the barbecue sauce to the pork and stir well. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 1 more hour.
Add more salt and pepper to taste. Split the buns in half and fill with pork. Serve immediately.