Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork!  This is an amazing slow cooker recipe and I LOVE coming home to dinner in the crock pot!!  This works with root beer too!! <3  YUM!

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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker Recipe)

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This is a family favorite that is super simple to put together!  It’s amazing that a few simple ingredients can create a dish so rich and delicious.

The best part about this dish is that it cooks in slow cooker and is ready when you are.  If you are serving a crowd, you can easily turn it onto low to keep it warm until guests are ready to eat.

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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker Recipe)


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  • 1 pork butt/pork shoulder roast
  • salt, pepper & garlic powder
  • 1 onion sliced (optional)
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce (or to taste)
  • Rolls & coleslaw for serving
  1. Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Rub the outside of the roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Pour the Dr. Pepper over the pork and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 7-8 hours.
  3. The meat will be very tender. Using 2 forks, shred the pork and place back in the juices.
  4. Add barbecue sauce to taste. Allow to cook an additional 30-60 minutes if desired.
  5. Serve on crusty rolls with cole slaw if desired.
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  1. Lee says

    The only thing I would do different is to sear the meat first, get that good crusty carmelization going! Sounds delish, will try it the next time I catch a sale on the pork! Or may even try it with beef brisket!

      • Chris says

        Dr Pepper does offer a caffeine free version. I’m sure it’s the carbonation of the beverage that breaks down the meat to make it fall off so easily, but it’s the 23-flavors (sorry for the shameless plug) that give it the unique flavor,

      • samantha says

        Wow I think if you’re making it, you’d know what’s in Dr. Pepper or read labels yourself. Don’t be lazy and make the poster list them for you.

      • Michelle says

        Then you would need an ingredient disclosure on all recipes. I can’t have caffeine and know to read ingredients on all soft drinks. Sadly my favorites have caffeine, like dr pepper, Mountain Dew and good old regular coke. :(

      • John says

        A disclosure? What if you just used common sense? There’s a thought! If I’m allergic to chocolate I wouldn’t eat a chocolate cake…duh.

    • Cassie says

      For a 9lb roast, use 3 onions and pour enough dr pepper on the roast to cover it. I never use cans, only 2 liters so as long as you cover the meat, you’ll be fine.

  2. says

    We just love this Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork and it is great to cook it in the Slow Cooker. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Diane says

    I have had pulled pork made this way, but with Root Beer instead of Dr. Pepper. (Root Beer has no caffeine and you can also get Diet Root Beer if you want.. ) The pork is Delicious made this way.

    • Michelle says

      Wow thanks for the tip! We bought some root beer BBQ sauce and it was out of this world. Now I feel I can make my own with your tip.

    • SDPat says

      I use root beer too. Also just plain beer with about two tablespoons of brown works too! And before anyone gets their panties in a knot….the alcohol cooks out.

      • says

        Both sound like delicious ideas! I’ve heard that root beer is fantastic… next time I make it I’m going to give that a try!

  4. June Comer McDavitt says

    I have heard of this recipe and I know it will be a great one. I am going to try this for Sunday dinner.

  5. Roy says

    Forgive what may seem a stupid question. At step 3 when you say ‘shred the pork and place back in the juices’ you don’t mean back in the Dr Pepper juice do you?. Do you mean put it back with any juices that has seeped out during the shredding process?. Thanks.

  6. btterflyznstars says

    Has anyone tried with Mt dew? That’s all i have soda wise right now..
    How much does it differ from dark sofas if at all?

  7. says

    I made this yesterday for dinner and all I have to say is, it’s my new favorite meal to make! It turned out so tender and yummy! I used Open Pit Brown Sugar & Bourbon BBQ sauce and it ended up perfect! :)

  8. Sandra Ashton says

    Hi, on the Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, do you have to cut all the fat off before putting it in the crock pot? How do you handle the fat issue? I also make a dish similar with Coke and Ketchup and chicken breast. It’s delish!


    • says

      I don’t generally cut off the fat. If you find the juices to have a lot of fat floating on top, you can skim the juices before returning the shredded beef to the slow cooker! (And I’d love to find your Cola/Ketchup chicken breasts, I think my kids would love it!).

  9. Sandra Ashton says

    The Cola Ketchup Chicken is so easy= KetchACola Chicken
    put 4 or 5 chicken breast in a 5 quart pot. Add 2 cups of ketchup, 2 liters of Coke (not diet) stir and bring to a boil. Simmer down until it becomes thickened like a bbq sauce consistency, a couple of hours. That simple!
    Of course I complicate it by adding 1 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder. Then I take it out and shred it.

    I hope you try it and like it!

    • says

      Yummy! I have a very similar recipe but I haven’t shredded the chicken with it before but I love that idea! I’m definitely going to try shredding it!
      Thank you for sharing!

  10. Susan says

    I am making this now and just added the shredded pork back into the juices and added barbecue sauce but it seems runny. Will the liquid thicken on cooking and additional hour

  11. Shelli says

    So i am planning on making this for dinner tomorrow since I’ve had it pinned forever & am trying new stuff. My question is probably a duh, but does it matter if I defrost the meat first or can I throw it in frozen. Just thinking frozen will make it too juicy instead of that thick sauce for pulled pork.

  12. Marlena says

    The only thing that I don’t like about this recipe is that there are no amounts for the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Especially for spices that are fairly potent and flavorful, amounts are important.

      • janell says

        Do you pour in enough dr.pepper to submerge the roast? I’m making a 8 lb. Roast with the turkey and I have one of those long oval crocks, to put the roast in. And you mentioned about 8-10 hours on low.

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