Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe made with Dr Pepper! Super easy and delicious!

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker Recipe)

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This is a family favorite that is super simple to put together!  If you’re a fan of slow cooker pulled pork, you’ll really love this recipe made with Dr Pepper! It’s amazing that just a few simple ingredients can create a dish that is so rich and delicious.

The best part about this dish is that it cooks in slow cooker and is ready when you are, which means it’s super easy to make.  If you are serving a crowd, you can easily turn it onto low to keep it warm until guests are ready to eat.  We just set out a basket of rolls and a bowl of slaw and our guests can create their own sandwiches!

For an alternative, you can try this recipe with diet soda or root beer and it still tastes just as wonderful!


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 Items you’ll need for this recipe :

*slow cooker *Dr Pepper *Pork Shoulder*


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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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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  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!

        • anonymous says

          Most root beer is Caffeine free….they mentioned it could be made with that too so there IS a disclosure of sorts. Lets also hope that people are capable of using their brain if they know they’re allergic to any of the ingredients. (oh I forgot – most people don’t want to have to use common sense any more.)

      • 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.

      • Katie says

        Maybe if you know you’re sensitive to caffeine, then you’d know to avoid items that contain caffeine…kind of like….Dr Pepper has caffeine so why would you make something that has caffeine in it…also coffee has caffeine – but you don’t expect to see caffeine listed as an ingredient here in that case – common sense.

      • alyssa says

        if you’re allergic to something and elect to follow a recipe containing your allergen, that’s natural selection as far as i’m concerned.

      • Lori says

        If your allergic to caffeine, simple don’t use anything with caffeine. Simple isn’t it? Common sense is a great thing to use. Be responsible for yourself.

    • 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.

          • Greg says

            Did a 9 lb and used 1 and half cans of Dr Pepper. Cooked for 10 hours on low. Probably only needed the 1 can as there was a lot of juice left over to the point I removed a least a cup before adding the shredded meat back in.

            Big hit over the holidays so thanks for the recipe. This one will be made many more times in the future.

  13. Pam says

    Used this recipe for a luncheon and the pulled pork was a hit. I didn’t add the BBQ sauce but place some in a bowl to spoon on; also included coleslaw as an add on. Will definitely use this recipe again. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Bootsie says

    My daughter turned me on to this recipe. I don’t drink Dr Pepper but my kids and grandkids do so I always have it on hand. This was a super good recipe. YUM I did skim off the fat when I took the pork out and removed all the fat I could before shredding. As I said this is a keeper.

  15. Kerry says

    When you say place the onion in the bottom of the cooker, do I dice the onion at all or literally just put the whole onion in… sorry if that’s a dumb question!

  16. Trishalicious says

    OK, I am totally trusting all you guys! Making this for the first time tonight for my friends and a new guy I am seeing… **biting my nails** Hope it’s as great as everyone says! I am using 2 pork tenderloins instead of a pork roast. Wish me luck!!

    • says

      Pork tenderloin is much leaner than a butt/shoulder roast. You may need to adjust cooking time so it doesn’t dry out! Let us know how it works out for you! :)

      • Trishalicious says

        I had the tenderloins in my crockpot on high for 3 1/2 hrs turning them once half way through. It was amazingly tender when I shredded it. Put the shredded meat back into the crock pot with the BBQ sauce and had it on low for an additional 1 1/2 hrs. It was perfect! Exactly how I had hoped for it to turn out! Thanks so much for such a simple and great recipe. My guests LOVED it!

  17. Jamie says

    I am attempting to make this for the first time, I will be using around 7-8lbs of pork shoulder. Should I use enough dr. Pepper to almost cover the pork or stick to the 1 can recipe?

  18. Abby says

    Tried this and it was sooo good! I used the onions in the bottom to give it some flavor. Then I made homemade onion rings to add to my pulled pork sandwich to give it a little extra crunch. I also buttered and toasted the bun. It was a huge hit everyone loved the onion ring addition!

  19. says

    I’m guessing that one would not want to use any diet sodas as the bit of sugar in the Dr Pepper, Root Beer etc would be an important addition? I’m sure everybody but me knows this but I couldn’t find any boneless pork butt at my best market so was going to go elsewhere when the butcher asked if he could help. He took the bone out and weigh the pork afterwards. I was impressed It just didn’t occur to me to ask!

  20. says

    Dr. Pepper and pulled pork? Sure, why not! My mother, who is Korean, makes a type of Korean barbecue meat which she marinades in Coca-Cola so I see no reason why this can’t be as awesome as it looks and sounds.

  21. natalie says

    I’m having a memorial day party at 12. Can I cook it extra long? Maybe put in in from 11pm tonight till 12 tomorrow? If so then which setting? Thanks

  22. Jennifer says

    Omg tried this food the first time last night. It was so good definitely going to use again for family get togethers.I used pork loin since that’s all they had at the store but it still turned out so amazing. My mom thought I was crazy for wanting to try it but I bet if she ate some she’d love it. Definitely keeping this recipe

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