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

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time8 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot, pork, sandwich, slow cooker
Servings: 8
Calories: 910kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock



  • 7 pounds bone-in pork butt
  • Spice rub - recipe below
  • 12 oz Dr Pepper
  • 8 sandwich rolls
  • Spicy BBQ Sauce - recipe below

Spice Rub

  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 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.
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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.
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