Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

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Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Pulled Pork is the perfect way to feed a crowd.  This slow cooker pulled pork is easy, tender, delicious and everyone always loves it!

With just 5 minutes of prep, this recipe is perfect to add to the crock pot before heading off to work. You’ll come home to slow cooker full of tender juicy pulled pork perfect for sandwiches or topping Baked Potatoes  or Mac and Cheese Casserole.

Crock Pot Pulled pork made with Dr. Pepper - perfect to serve a crowd.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork is Easy and Versatile

This easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork is a family favorite that is super simple to put together! Let the Slow Cooker do all of the work, and then pile this pulled pork on crusty buns and top with some fresh homemade coleslaw for a dish everyone raves over! You can even use it for tacos. This slow cooker pulled pork is perfect for Sunday supper, tailgating or even for parties (on slider buns) or piled on top of baked sweet potatoes!

The best part about this dish is that it cooks in the slow cooker and is ready when you are, which means it’s easy to make.  If you are serving a crowd, you can easily turn your slow cooker pulled pork on 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!

A well marbled pork roast is the perfect choice for this crock pot pulled pork recipe.

How to Make Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot

  1. Line the bottom of the Crock Pot with sliced onion.
  2. Rub the pork roast with seasoning and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Pour Dr. Pepper (or Rootbeer) on top and let the Crock Pot work its magic.
  4. Once cooked, shred with 2 forks and stir back into the juices.
  5. Add additional BBQ sauce if needed and serve on crusty rolls!

How Long to Cook Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot

  • Cook on High 4-5 hours
  • Cook on Low 7-8 hours

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. For an alternative, you can try this crock pot pulled pork recipe with diet soda or root beer and it tastes just as amazing!

Pulled Pork in the crock pot is the perfect make ahead slow cooker meal.

What Kind of Pork for Pulled Pork?

You’re going to want a pork roast that is well marbled and has lots of fat and collagen.  While many people use a tenderloin for pork roast, I find it too dry and tough and much prefer to roast a pork tenderloin until juicy! The perfect cut of pork is a pork shoulder which goes by many other names. You may also see it labelled as:

  • Picnic Roast
  • Boston Butt
  • Blade Roast
  • Shoulder Butt
  • Pork Butt

What to Serve with Crock Pot Pulled Pork

4.92 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the perfect way to serve a crowd. It’s easy, tender, delicious and everyone always loves it!


  • 1 pork butt/pork shoulder roast 4-5lbs
  • salt pepper & garlic powder
  • 1 onion sliced optional
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce or to taste
  • Rolls & coleslaw for serving

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  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 coleslaw.

Recipe Notes

If your pork produces a lot of juice you might like to remove some before adding the shredded pork back into the mixture.
Nutrition information does not include rolls.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 276, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 393mg, Potassium: 592mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 30g, Vitamin A: 1.4%, Vitamin C: 1.7%, Calcium: 3.1%, Iron: 11.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword crock pot pulled pork, slow cooker pulled pork

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork! This is one of our absolute favorite slow cooker recipes!! This works with root beer too!! <3 YUM!

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  1. I’m a New Zealander, so excuse my ignorance. What is Dr Pepper? I’d like to try this during our Labour Weekend holiday, coming up this weekend.

  2. This sounds really good and so easy too! Could you please tell me the size of the Crock Pot/Slow Cooker that you used or recommend? I only have a 6 quart… hopefully that will work. :)

    Thanks for your help & have a great day too!

  3. Hello, I plan to make this in a few days for an out of town guest! I was wondering if the roast should be unthawed or frozen? Thank you so much for your time, I can’t wait to serve and eat this!

    1. 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! :)

    1. Callie, I have only made this with boneless but I’m sure that this recipe would be great with bone in as well, so much flavor!! You may need to alter the cooking time (as I haven’t cooked with bone in) but should be fine to still follow the basic recipe. The pork doesn’t have to be completely covered.

  4. This is the best pulled pork! Easy to make, a true crockpot recipe, no browning or cooking before, really good, the only one I make! To the reader who asked about the size of the can, if you don’t know what a can of soda is maybe you shouln’t be cooking! DUH!

    1. They make different sized cans of sofa though. I buy mini cans for my kids all the time, they’re only about 3 or 4 ounces instead of 12. 

  5. Hi Holly- Thanks for this wonderful recipe!  I’ve purchased all the ingredients to make tomorrow.  I ended up getting 2 small pork butts, they seem to have a lot of fat on them… Is okay to cut some of that off?  Thank you, Holly!  I’ll post after I make!

    1. 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 meat to the slow cooker!

  6. This may sound dumb but it says can of dr. pepper. What are the ounces. Is it a 12 oz can, 20 oz, 1 liter? I can’t find it written anywhere. The picture shows 1 liter but I want to make sure that is the right amount!

    1. The Dr pepper in the recipe is a standard 12oz size the image is a single serve bottle which is apprx 20oz. Either will work in this recipe.

    2. Do you not know what a can of soda is? When have you seen a 1 liter can of soda? Maybe you shouldn’t be cooking! 

      1. You are too funny! No, I have to admit, I’ve never seen a liter can of soda either! But this conversation had me cracking up! 

  7. After I take the pork out, I pour all the juices in the crock into a bowl and put it in the freezer for a half hour. Then I skim the fat off the top and put it all back in the crock pot for an hour to warm it all back up. We don’t care for greasy food.

  8. After I take the pork out, I pour all the juices in the crock and put it in the freeze for a half hour. Then I skim the fat off the top and put it all back in the crock pot for an hour to warm it all back up. We don’t care for greasy food.

    1. I would cook it 8-10 hours on low or until fork tender. You could use a little bit extra Dr. Pepper but I don’t think you’d need 2 full cans.

  9. Made this for Thanksgiving family arrival snack. I did not put in the onions. Once done I drained off all the juices and put a cup of juice in skillet added a tablespoon of margarine and 1/2 cup green onions. Reduced down and added to flaked pork. Mixed well and added sauce. ( We like kraft sweet and spicy). Cooked on medium for 10 more minutes. Served it on rolls from Golden Corral with my spicy coleslaw. It was a big hit.

    1. I would suggest cutting the pork into 4 sections before adding to the pressure cooker and browning right in the instant pot. This would take about 60 minutes on high.

  10. I see that Barbara is concerned for caffeine allergens but I’m a vegetarian surely someone should have thought about me and skipped the pork replacing it with a meat free alternative I mean I’m sure there’s more vegetarians that caffeine allergic people .  Joking I’m making it for my husband and was amused by the comment I’m allergic to Dr Pepper.  

    1. You should be fine to use the ingredients as listed, it does make quite a bit of liquid. You may want to add a little bit of extra BBQ sauce.

  11. So easy and so delish!  Put it in the crock pot at 11:30 the night before. Woke up and it was ready to pull. Kept it on warm and it was ready to go at lunch time. Everyone loved it. 

  12. My husband and I started with two frozen pork butt and cooked it and it was the best roast our family has ever had and they already want it again and it has been only two days

  13. I am trying it now for a Packer Party tomorrow. So that’s almost 10 pounds of pork a cooking. Woohoo! I eat low carb so I used  diet soda and it smells awesome. I am cooking it on low the day before. I found some low carb BBQ sauce at Walmart, g Hughes. I cannot wait!  I can’t tell for the rating which one is 5 and which one is 1…. I meant to give it 5 stars if I messed up. 

    1. I haven’t tried this with Chuck Roast however this cut of meat does very well in the slow cooker. If you try it, please let me know how it works out for you!

  14. Help! I’m planning on making this for my daughters birthday party on Sunday! We have 26 adults (13 men), 2 elementary school kids and 5 toddlers. How much pork shoulder or butt should I buy?! I have multiple crock pots to use so I won’t be trying to squeeze it all in one lol.

    1. You would generally account for 1/4lb per person and pork will lose about 30-40% when cooked. I would suggest about 12-14lbs of pork butt.

  15. I see some pulled pork recipes call for liquid smoke, would I want to add any to this recipe when I put in the Dr. Pepper? Also, any feed back for searing the pork first? It sounds good in theory, but has anyone tried it?

    1. I have only made it as written, so I don’t know what it would be like with the liquid smoke. I think searing the pork would be fine and give good flavor.

  16. Hi Holly,
    I apologise in advance for the dumb question- I can’t find Dr Pepper in my country unfortunately, what do you reckon I could substitute for it?
    Do you think plain Coke would work?
    I have never actually tasted Dr Pepper so I don’t know if it’s needed for its particular flavour, or just any carbonated, sweet drink would do.
    Thank you so much in advance!


  17. I’m going to make this tomorrow! I’m so excited my store has 50% off pork right now. I got a 3 1/2 pound pork butt for like 6 bucks. I made some coleslaw today and it’s in the fridge. I’m gonna put it in tomorrow morning at 5:30am. I think I’m going to make some roasted potatoes for a side dish too :)

    1. My husband is currently trying to shred ours and it is tough! I’m hoping once I add the BBQ sauce and put it back it, that’ll help. :(

    1. It will depend on the size of your roast. You will lose about 50% in volume after cooking so you will need about 1/2 lb uncooked per serving (which will give you about 1/4lb per serving). A 4lb roast will give you 6-8 servings. Hope that helps.

  18. I’d say that if you’re allergic to caffine, would wouldn’t be searching for Dr Pepper pulled pork… like seriously? What is wrong with people…. buzz off and stop making the author read your bad attitude.

    Amazing recipe!

    1. I would suggest about 6-7lbs raw boneless pork shoulder. This will cook down to about just over 3lbs = 1/3lb finished per person. If you’d like extra or leftovers you might like to go with 8lbs. Enjoy!

  19. Hi there Holly! Thanks for this great recipe. My dad gave me a beautiful organic pork shoulder roast from his farm that he raised and took to a butcher I froze it and it’s been a few months I forgot about it so I pulled it out yesterday hoping it’d be defrosted in 2 days to put in the crock for a family dinner but I just realized there’s a bone in it.. Can I not use it for this recipe now? I was so sad when I realized that lol darn I hope it’s ok but If not that’s ok too.
    Thanks again and hope you can awnser my question.
    Hugs * Sarah! :)

    1. Hi Sarah! So lucky to have a lovely bone in shoulder roast!! I have only made this with boneless but I’m sure that this recipe would be great with bone in as well, so much flavor!! You may need to alter the cooking time (as I haven’t cooked a bone in shoulder in the slow cooker before) but should be fine to still follow the basic recipe. I would love to hear how it works out for you!

  20. I made this and it was really soupy and my family didn’t like it at all..My husband didn’t even try it..soo I won’t be making it again…

    1. Sorry it didn’t work out for you. If you find you have too much liquid you can remove some of it before you shred the pork.

  21. Did you use diet or sugar free products? It could also be the brand of barbecue sauce you used.
    The sauce will be a little bit runny. Once the meat is shredded and put back into it it should soak up some of the sauce and seem thicker.

  22. I made this today for a superbowl family dinner. I had a 5.5 lb bone in pork butt. I cut the bone out and seared it before putting in the crock pot. I cooked it on high for 6 hours. I pulled the pork out and shredded it. I poured the juices from the crockpot through a colander and added back all the onions etc. to the pork. I added Sweet Baby Rays to taste – way more than 3/4 cup so you need to go by your own tastes. I also added back liquid about a 1/4 cup at a time. I think I only added back about a 1/2 cup of the juices. I saved the rest for another day’s gravy. I put it all back in the crock pot on low to reheat. It was delicious!!!! Thanks for the great recipe.

  23. I just cooked this and the pork is not shredding. It is a pork butt/shoulder. Does that just mean it hasn’t cooked long enough or is it possible I bought the wrong meat?

  24. I used diet Dr Pepper, caffien free Dr pepper and regular Dr pepper 4 oz of each to equal 1 can and it turned out great and keeps everyone happy

    1. It will depend on the size of pork you purchase but as a general rule you can expect to get approximately 3 servings per pound. Hope that helps!

  25. 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

  26. 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

    1. I have only tried it as written so I can’t say for sure. Hopefully someone else has some great advice for you!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

    1. I’ve heard that root beer is great in this recipe too, I haven’t tried it yet but it’s definitely on my list for next time!!

  30. 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?

  31. 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!!

    1. 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! :)

      1. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

          1. I did and it tastes awesome! Since it’s diet soda I cooked it on low so the sweetener does not get acidic. 

    1. I would cook it 8-10 hours on low or until fork tender. You could use a little bit extra Dr. Pepper but I don’t think you’d need 2 full cans.

      1. 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.

          1. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. Delicious, Love that you used dr pepper instead of beer, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. Pinning it.

  39. This looks so good. I have heard of Dr. Pepper recipes before but have never been inspired to try one…until now!

  40. 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!

    1. 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!

  41. 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!


    1. 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 pork to the slow cooker! (And I’d love to find your Cola/Ketchup chicken breasts, I think my kids would love it!).

  42. 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! :)

  43. 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?

  44. 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.

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

  46. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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!

  47. 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

    1. 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.

  48. 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!

        1. 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.)

      1. 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,

          1. Whole Foods makes a caffeine free version (also uses sugar instead of corn syrup) called Dr. Snap. I have never seen a caffeine free version of Dr. Pepper unfortunately.

          2. Wonder if cola cola’s-cherry coke would be alright to try,let’s hope cuz it’s in my slow cooker as I write this lol… has anyone tried same 

      2. 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.

      3. 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. :(

      4. 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.

      5. I’m allergic to onions, but I’m pretty sure the poster will forgive me for leaving it out and not asking her to add a disclosure.

      6. 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.

      7. 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.

      8. 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.

      9. Then use caffeine free, if you are mature enough to make this then i would hope you are able to figure out if soda has caffeine or not.

        1. Barq’s root beer is loaded with caffeine so be careful about root beer too; if allergic to something always read ingredients and don’t assume just because its root beer that it’s caffeine free

          1. I didn’t realize Barq’s root beer has caffeine. I never even thought to check. Thank you for sharing this. :) I’m not sensitive to caffeine, but this is good to know.