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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe {with Dr. Pepper}

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 only 5 minutes to prep, this recipe is perfect for adding to the slow cooker before heading to work. You’ll come home to a slow cooker full of tender, juicy pulled pork, perfect for sandwiches or topping baked potatoes or a macaroni and cheese casserole.
Crockpot Pulled Pork White Dish with Box from Dr.  pepper in the background

Crock Pot Pulled Pork is easy and versatile

This Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork is an easy family favorite! Let the slow cooker do all the work, then pile that pulled pork on crispy buns and top with fresh homemade coleslaw for a dish everyone loves! This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is perfect for Sunday dinner, tailgating or even for parties (on buns) or piled on 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 prepare.

Pulled Pork Bar: If you’re serving a crowd, you can easily put your pulled pork in the slow cooker on low to keep it warm until the guests are ready to eat. We just made a basket of rolls and a bowl of coleslaw and our guests can create their own sandwiches!

What kind of pork for pulled pork?

While some people use tenderloin for pulled pork, it’s so lean it easily becomes dry and tough (it’s best suited for medium roasting). Like most slow cooker recipes, a pork roast with lots of nice marbled fat becomes very tender in the slow cooker!

The best cut of pork for pulled pork is pork shoulder. It may have different names (and the names may vary by location). When looking for pork, I choose boneless (boneless always works great, may take a little longer but not much). Any of the following will be fine:

  • shoulder butt roast
  • shoulder roast
  • roast pallet
  • pork butt
  • piece of boston
  • picnic roast
  • pork steaks (these are slices of pork butt)

Pork on a plate with a can of Dr. Pepper, onion and spices in the background

How to make pulled pork in the slow cooker

  1. Line the bottom of the slow cooker with minced onion.
  2. Rub roast pork with seasoning and add to slow cooker (per recipe below).
  3. Pour Dr. Pepper (or Rootbeer) on top and let the slow cooker work its magic.
  4. When cooked, shred with 2 forks and stir in juices. Add extra barbecue sauce if needed and serve on crusty buns!

How long to cook pulled pork in the slow cooker

The following is for a 4 lb boneless pork roast. If you’re short on time, cut the pork into 3″ cubes. If your pork isn’t tender, it’s not quite cooked yet, so add some time!

  • Cook on high power 4-5 hours
  • Cook over low heat 7-8 hours

Slow cooker pulled pork only needs a few simple ingredients to create such a delicious dish.
Overhead photo of pulled pork in a black slow cooker

What to serve with slow cooker pulled pork

Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the perfect way to serve a crowd. It’s easy, tender, delicious and everyone still loves it!

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  • Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Rub the outside of the roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  • Pour the Dr. Pepper over the pork and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.

  • The meat will be very tender. Using 2 forks, shred the pork and put it back in the juice.

  • Add barbecue sauce to taste. Bake an additional 30 to 60 minutes if desired.

  • Serve on crusty buns with coleslaw.

Rootbeer or cola can be replaced with Dr. Pepper. Diet Dr. Pepper will work in this recipe.
A larger roast will require additional cooking time.
If you check the pork and it’s not tender, chances are it’s needs more time so cover it and let it continue to cook.
If your pork produces a lot of juice, squeeze out some of the juice before putting the pulled pork back into the mixture. We like to add extra barbecue sauce before serving.
Pork can be kept warm in the slow cooker.
Nutrition information does not include rolls.

calories: 276, Carbohydrates: teng, Protein: 30g, Fat: 11g, Saturated fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 393mg, Potassium: 592mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 70UI, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 2.1mg

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

Course Main course

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