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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot is as easy as it gets! It’s a delicious “set it and forget it” recipe and makes pulled pork perfect for game days, get togethers or weeknight meals!

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BBQ Pork on a slider bun

Pulled pork is the ultimate “cook once, eat twice” meal and this Crock Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork is no exception!  I always love a good pulled pork sandwich, but with the leftover meat, it’s great as a pizza topping, pork tacos, on top of a salad, in casseroles and so much more!

Grab a pork roast and the remaining ingredients are likely ones you already have.  This recipe will give you a delicious, juicy shredded meat perfect for pork sandwiches and beyond. Set it, forget it, and return home to juicy, tender pulled pork that’ll quickly become a family favorite!

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in a slow cooker

Why I Love this Pulled Pork Recipe

Any easy recipe with just four ingredients is a win in my book!!  I especially love this one because it takes just a couple minutes of prep and a few simple ingredients.  I also love that the leftovers can be used in a variety of ways – pork nachos, burritos, pizza, etc!

Ingredients needed to make a pulled pork recipe.  Dr Pepper soda, barbecue sauce, seasoned salt, pork butt.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pork Shoulder – A pork shoulder or pork butt works great. 
  • Seasoned Salt – Or your favorite pork rub.  
  • A Can of Soda – Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Coke or Root Beer are the best options.
  • Barbecue Sauce – Homemade or store-bought sauce works great.

What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

Pork shoulder or a pork butt (also known as a Boston butt) is what I like to use. These cuts tend to have just the right amount of fat. The slow cooking method will break down the proteins and result in that juicy, tender pulled pork you’re wanting!  You can use bone-in or boneless, though boneless typically cooks more quickly.

BBQ Pork on slider buns

How do you make Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot?

Ladies and gents…..it’s super duper easy! I promise. If you’ve got a Crock Pot (well, any brand of a slow cooker) and a few minutes to get the meat prepped, you’re set!

Raw pork butt with pork rub on it.

Rub the pork with seasoned salt or your favorite pork rub and place on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Pork butt in a slow cooker with Dr Pepper being poured over it.

Add the can of Dr Pepper (or Coca Cola). I like to pour most of it down the side of the pot, so it doesn’t wash all the seasoning off.

Cook on low heat for 8 hours or until fork tender.

Remove the pork from the slower cooker and shred on a cutting board.  You’ll want to discard any super fatty chunks.  

Pulled pork in a large slow cooker.

Remove all the liquid from the slow cooker except for 1 to 1 1/2 cups.  That’ll be enough liquid to keep it moist but not soupy.

Add the pork, the reserved liquid and some BBQ sauce back to the slow cooker, stir and serve!

Pulled pork in a crockpot with barbecue sauce.

How do you know when pulled pork is done?

I say “8 hours” on low in the instructions, but it really does depend on the brand, size and model of your slow cooker. There are two things that help determine when the pork is done. First, it should be easy to remove the meat from the bone. And second, the meat should pretty easily shred with two forks. 

Are you thinking to yourself…. “Well, I thought pork just had to be cooked to 145F?” True. It would be safe to eat when the internal temperature is 145F, however, a roast is naturally a tougher cut of meat, so it takes more time and typically more heat. Therefore, I don’t focus as much on temperature for pulled pork….more on the texture. 

*The National Pork Board website is a great resource on how to properly cook different cuts of pork – I highly recommend taking a peek at it!

Spoon scooping Dr Pepper Pulled Pork out of a crock pot

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use a Homemade Pork Rub?

Of course!!  I like using a mixture of kosher salt, brown sugar, black pepper, garlic powder and a hint of cayenne pepper!  This recipe is a great option.

Can I Make Pulled Pork in a Pressure Cooker?

You sure can!!  I have an Instant Pot and find it a great way to cook pulled pork.  I cut a boneless pork roast into large chunks (3-4 inch cubes), season and sear the meat until a nice golden brown on all sides.  (Searing isn’t totally necessary, but adds more flavor and texture).  Then I’ll add the soda and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes.  Let it do a natural release for 10 minutes and finish with a quick release.  Shred the pork and stir in the barbecue sauce.

Can I Make Pulled Pork in a Dutch Oven?

Yes!  I cut a boneless pork roast into large chunks (3-4 inch cubes), season and sear the meat uncovered over high heat in a Dutch oven until a nice golden brown on all sides.  (Again, searing isn’t totally necessary, but adds more flavor and texture).  Put the lid onto the Dutch oven and bake in the oven at 300F for four hours or until it’s easy to shred.  Shred the pork and stir in the barbecue sauce.

Can I use a Pork Tenderloin or a Pork Loin in this recipe?

I do not recommend it.  These cuts of meat are too lean and therefore do not shred like a pork shoulder or a pork butt would.

How to Store Leftover Pulled Pork

Let the pork cool completely then package it in Ziploc baggies or in an airtight container.  You can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to three months.

BBQ Pork on a slider bun

What to Serve with Pulled Pork

I like serving pulled pork as a sandwich on hamburger buns or slider buns.  I serve them alongside my favorite baked beans and a creamy macaroni salad. And if you know me, you know I’m always going to have some sort of dessert! A simple dessert like scotcheroos or no bake Oreo Pie would be great!

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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork
5 from 1 vote

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
10 4 oz servings*
Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot is as easy as it gets! It's a delicious "set it and forget it" recipe and makes pulled pork perfect for game day, get togethers or weeknight meals!

Ingredients
 

  • One 4-5 pound boneless pork butt or pork shoulder can also use bone-in, see notes below
  • seasoned salt
  • One 12 ounce can (or 1 1/2 cup) Dr Pepper soda (or root beer)
  • BBQ sauce of choice

Instructions

  • Rub seasoned salt over the entire pork shoulder.
  • Place the pork into the Crock Pot and then add the soda.
  • Place the lid on the Crock Pot and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  • Remove the pork to a pan and use two forks to shred the meat; discard the bone or any really fatty pieces.
  • Remove all but 1 1/2 cups of the juices in the Crock Pot and stir in the shredded pork.
  • Add the barbeque sauce and stir. Serve right away or cook on low for an additional hour.

Notes

*This is assuming you start with a 4 pound boneless shoulder.  Once it’s cooked and shredded, you’ll have about 2 – 2 1/2 pounds of pork.
**A bone-in shoulder may take a bit longer to cook.
***Nutrition calculated for one 4 ounce portion of the pulled pork; nutritional information will vary depending on the amounts and brand of salt and barbecue sauce used. The barbecue sauce is not factored into the nutrition facts shown. 

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22.5g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 579mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 14.5IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy! The pork was tender and full of flavor, even without the bbq sauce. All 3 of my children asked for seconds. This will be a recipe in our family favorites.

    1. <3 Thank you, Karissa. Reviews like this keep me going!! Happy holidays to you and your sweet family!

  2. Can you use Diet Dr. Pepper? I am diabetic.

  3. Can you cook it on high and cut the cooking time down? Or is this one of the slow is best recipes? I’m excited to try it out either way!

    1. Yes! Slow cookers vary SO much from one brand to another, but I would guess 4-5 hours on high would do the trick! 🙂

  4. How many servings does this make? I’m having people over for a housewarming and want to be sure we have enough for 8 of us

    1. Yes! Especially if you’ll be serving it on buns, it should be enough as long as your roast is 4+ pounds.
      Hope that helps!! 🙂
      -Kelsey

  5. Can leftovers of this be frozen? If so would you freeze before or after adding the bbq sauce?

    1. Hi Kellie – You certainly can!! I prefer to add the sauce before freezing (as it helps prevent the meat from getting freezer burnt!). Hope that helps!! -Kelsey

  6. Made this today & it turned out great! Delicious! I fried corn Tortillas & we had tacos–daughter who is sorta picky ate three helpings! Definitely will make again.:)