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Delicious Summer Dishes with Chek Soda, BI-LO, and Winn-Dixie

by Nicole on May 26, 2013

It’s summer! While I love some of the rich flavors of fall I especially love the light and refreshing tastes of summer! I hadn’t ever tried the Chek sodas from my local Winn-Dixie and I was surprised to see how many different flavors there are! I got to try a sampling of them and really liked them all.  We all tried them as a family and each of us had a different favorite.  My favorite was the orange pineapple – it was sweet and had a light flavor that was perfect for summer! Jamie’s favorite was the diet cola and he was happy that while it didn’t taste exactly like one of the national brands it had a great flavor.  Noah’s favorite was the cream soda.  He said it was sweet and perfectly delicious (those were his exact words, lol!).

We decided to create a recipe for braised pork shoulder using the orange pineapple soda.  I am all about using the crock pot as much as possible and in the summer I love how it doesn’t heat up my kitchen at all! This recipe is super easy, we are excited to try it out this week.  It is similar to one that I have made for several years and we are going to substitute the pineapple orange soda in for the soda we used to use.  I can’t wait to taste the delicious pork with the sweet sauce!

This pork falls apart and so I usually shred it with 2 forks.  You can put it in a sandwich or tacos – I prefer it in tacos and like to throw a few tortillas on the grill to get them charred and add some cabbage and lime to the tacos – very simple but delicious! We also like to grill corn in the husks on the grill and slather them with butter, salt and a little cayenne pepper! This is the perfect summer meal that won’t heat up your kitchen but will tantalize your taste buds!

Pineapple-Orange Braised BBQ Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 1 pork shoulder
  • 6 cans Pineapple Orange Chek soda
  • 6 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp. blackening spice
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Season pork shoulder with blackening spice, salt and pepper.
  2. Place pork shoulder in crock-pot fat cap up.
  3. Fill crock-pot with soda up to fat cap.
  4. Add whole garlic cloves and thyme sprigs.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Shred once cooked.
  7. Remove liquid and skim off fat.
  8. Reduce in saucepan until thickened.
  9. Serve with pork.
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Denise Taylor-Dennis May 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

This sounds delicious, I’ve never seen this soda in California but I know I could find something similar like Cactus Cooler. I love to cook in the Crock Pot.

2 Lisa Schweizer May 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks for the awesome recipe, can’t wait to try it :)

3 Maralea May 27, 2013 at 9:13 am

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

4 Richard Hicks May 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

Want to give this a try as I love pork and using the crock pot

5 Sharon Rooney May 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

This sounds wonderful but I don’t have a Winn-Dixie local :( . Any idea what I could use in place of the Pineapple Orange soda?

6 Jennifer M May 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Yum!! I can’t wait to try this!!

7 Peggy Greco June 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

I would like to try and make this delicious recipe!

8 Sandy Cain June 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Pork is my favorite, and using the slow cooker just makes it so easy. I think the Pineapple-Orange flavors really complement pork! Thanks for the recipe!

9 amy tolley June 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

this sounds wonderful I never would have thought soda pop would make a meal….thanks for sharing…

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