Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

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Get your party started this summer with one of my favorite slow cooker summer recipes – Dr Pepper Pulled Pork!

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This past weekend was my in-law’s wedding anniversary.  They’ve been married for 56 years.  Amazing, right?!?  To help celebrate this milestone, we had a little backyard get-together at our house.

It was actually a dual celebration.  We just finished having a patio installed in our backyard.  This was the perfect opportunity to show off our new patio to our family!

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Since my father-in-law loves pulled pork, I made Dr Pepper Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches with a finger-lickin’ good homemade BBQ sauce, my favorite creamy coleslaw and macaroni salad.  I also had bowls of Cheeze-Its for everyone to munch on while I was putting the finishing touches on dinner.  And, I served up plenty of Dr Pepper to wash everything down!

Slow Cooker Summer Recipes Dr Pepper Pulled Pork ~ www.itisakeeper.com

The pulled pork was easy to make.  I started with my favorite pulled pork recipe — since it’s always a huge hit whenever I make it – and added a can of Dr Pepper to the slow cooker for a fun twist.  You can also try this barbecue dry rub recipe for something a little different.

Then I made the homemade BBQ sauce to go on top.  Again, I started with my favorite recipe and added some Dr Pepper extra flavor.

Slow Cooker Summer Recipes Dr Pepper Pulled Pork ~ www.itisakeeper.com

I loved how the Dr Pepper transformed the flavor and gave it a very subtle cherry flavor.  This stuff is crazy-good and so easy to make yourself!

For dessert, we grilled up s’mores.   My son loves to burn his marshmallows beyond recognition so the metal marshmallow sticks  are perfect since they don’t burn.

My favorite way to eat pulled pork is  to start with a generous helping of pork on a soft sandwich roll.  Then slather it with extra BBQ sauce and place a heaping pile of coleslaw right on top!  It’s the perfect texture and flavor combination — the succulent pork, the sweet and zesty sauce and the crisp and creamy coleslaw.  It’s a little piece of heaven on a bun.  You can easily see why it’s one of my favorite slow cooker summer recipes!

Slow Cooker Summer Recipes Dr Pepper Pulled Pork ~ www.itisakeeper.com

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

Slow Cooker: This is my favorite – it’s a workhorse in my kitchen! 

Slow Cooker Liners: I always use these – clean up is super simple!

Meat Shredding Forks: These make shredding pulled pork a cinch!

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Slow Cooker Summer Recipes Dr Pepper Pulled Pork ~ www.itisakeeper.com
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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 hours 20 minutes
Total: 8 hours 35 minutes
Get your party started this summer with one of my favorite slow cooker summer recipes - Dr Pepper Pulled Pork!
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  • 7 pounds bone-in pork butt
  • Spice rub, recipe below
  • 12 oz Dr Pepper
  • 8 sandwich rolls
  • Spicy BBQ Sauce, recipe below

Spice Rub

Spicy BBQ Sauce

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 12 oz Dr Pepper
  • 6 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tbsp molasses
  • 4 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp all spice
  • ¼ tsp ground red pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp liquid smoke


Spice Rub

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.


  • Rub entire roast with spice rub and place fat side up in slow cooker.
  • Pour Dr Pepper into slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 7-8 hours or until meat falls off the bone.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker and place on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Using two forks, shred pork, removing excess fat and bone.
  • Place a helping of pork on roll and top with Spicy BBQ Sauce.

BBQ Sauce

  • In a large pot, saute onion in vegetable oil over medium heat until softened but not browned.
  • Add all other ingredients and cook for 10-20 minutes, or until sauce thickens to desired consistency.

Expert Tips

I have substituted two pork tenderloins in place of the pork butt and it has turned out wonderful! I have also substituted two double chicken breasts in place of the pork and it’s wonderful, too! You can make the sauce ahead of time and reheat it when you’re ready to serve it. You can also add the shredded pork to the sauce and heat it together, if you’d like.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 910kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 83g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 2332mg | Potassium: 2300mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1480IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 9.6mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

7 thoughts on “Dr Pepper Pulled Pork”

  1. 5 stars
    I’m going to make this recipe tomorrow! I just know it’s going to be super fire 🔥🔥❤️💯! Stay toon for my masterpiece,!

  2. I’m making this recipe this week, yum!! Pulled pork in the crock pot is one of my favorite things!ThanksChristina!!!

  3. I’ve heard of putting Cola in with a boiled ham before – but never Dr Pepper with pulled pork. It sounds like a delicious match of flavours!

  4. Thanks for the tip about the metal skewers at Walmart! I need some for roasting marshmallow and doing shish kebobs (can’t spell it!)


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