Pioneer Woman Tried To Kill me

This story all starts out innocently enough. My good buddy Ree over at Pioneer Woman put out her 2nd cookbook a few months ago and I finally picked up a copy. Oh, and by good buddy, I mean I’ve never met her before in my life, but have been in love with her blog for a few years and, in my mind, she and I would be besties if we lived in the same city. That kind of good buddy.

Anyhow, I went back and forth over whether I should buy the digital version for the iPad or buy the actual hardcover book, and finally decided to go old school on it and buy the hardcover version.

The first thing I wanted to try was her infamous Spicy Dr Pepper Pulled Pork, which you can also find on her website RIGHT HERE.

Normally, I am a huge fan of Coke Zero, but this recipe calls for Dr. Pepper which is probably my second favorite pop (soda for all your East Coasters out there). So, the whole idea of mixing pop with pork was quite appealing to me. And what could possibly go wrong?

Holy heartburn Batman, was that stuff hot!

Don’t get me wrong here, it was good, very good and I loved the Dr. Pepperness of it, but I’m from Ohio here. Land of meat and potatoes, corn on the cob and other bland Midwestern cooking (as much as I love them, the Mennonite aren’t exactly known for their killer Tex-Mex food). Sure, Ree had a little note in her recipe telling us wimps that we could cut back on the peppers if we thought it prudent, but why would I pay attention to that?

Seriously, you have to try this recipe. Just be wary of the hotness, it’s a killer. Where is my water?

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  1. says

    LOL! I am so sorry. They should have a warning label on that book and sell it with rolaids.
    Being from Ohio, I was raised on all those bland foods, too. I do not do hot well at all.
    Try bread- water makes it worse!

  2. says

    Love PW and her Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork! In Arizona we like spicy.

    PW was in my city recently signing her books which a friend and I went to. She was so nice and took as much time with everyone who came as they wanted. Pictures, stories, everything! Very genuine. Marlboro Man was there too and had his picture taken many times.

  3. says

    Dr. Pepper is my most favorite ever!
    I would probably try it in pulled pork.
    Your post made me laugh….I really needed that today.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. says

    You are so funny Pam. I just saw that book at our new fab used book store but it was new. What is up with that? I wanted a lower price. I cannot do spicy hot either-Joe can and does. He eats chicken Vindalu at Indian places and sweats and sneezes as it is so hot but eats right on.

  5. says

    I love spicy ANYTHING, but pop, not so much. Can you actually taste the pop? Love your post. I have my own secret besties, too, but I’m sure they’d call the Po-Po if I let that cat out of the bag.

  6. says

    You are always good for a laugh, Pam! I truly think you should forward this post to your bestie.

    Oh, and if you go for a hike in the woods tonight, don’t forget to put a roll of tp in your backpack. :@

  7. says

    You had me at “Pioneer Woman Tried to Kill Me”! I am still laughing! Her recipes are usually always delicious, although they can be a bit rich! Thanks for the heads up! You may want to try her other pulled pork recipe. It’s the one I make, and it’s absolutely delicious with no heat!!

  8. says

    Hahahahahahaha . . . .hahahahahaha, I can’t stop laughing. TO FUNNY! I’m right there with you on the plain Midwestern food. About as spicy as I get is mild taco sauce!

  9. says

    Oh-I adore Ree, too. I think that was the first blog I ever discovered and didn’t even know what a blog was. I didn’t realize there were OTHER blogs out there- thought Ree had a whole world unto herself, I guess. I have her first old-school cookbook and love it. xo Diana

    ps. I did pork chops (thick ones) wth a can of root beer cooked overnight in the slow cooker. About an hour before serving I drained everything off and add BBQ sauce. The guys said it was the best BBQ they ever had. xo Diana ps. they mighta lied but I didn’t have any leftovers…and I should have had some.

  10. says

    Great post.. I love the way you write. I used to be a mid westerner and it was called pop.. but I haven’t been one in a long time.. now I’m an east coaster and soda it is.. :)

  11. says

    What a wus!!!!! LOL. For me, bring on the chiles! I go to Chinese and Mexican restaurants and ask for the hot and spicy versions and then have them bring out the red chile sauces to add onto that! Ha Ha …. Next time, drink milk and eat a piece of bread if the food is too spicy! working on a day for our seminar and will contact u when we have some options. Sue

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