The Ultimate Guide to Delicious Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Dr. Pepper

This sweet and savory Crockpot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

If you’re searching for a stress-free and mouthwatering meal, look no further than this amazing recipe for Crockpot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. This sweet and savory dish is incredibly juicy, flavorful, and fall-apart tender. Whether you’re looking for an easy lunch or dinner option or planning to feed a hungry crowd, this recipe has got you covered.

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Shoulder

Pulled pork on buns with cole slaw and Dr. Pepper on the side

This is the ultimate slow cooker pulled pork recipe that you’ll ever need. It’s simply awesome! With just a few ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll have the most amazing BBQ dinner. The best part? You can serve it in so many ways! Whether it’s pork sandwiches, sliders, or pulled pork nachos for a game day party, this dish is versatile enough to satisfy any craving.

What sets this recipe apart, besides its deliciousness, is how easy it is to make. It’s a set-and-forget recipe that requires minimal effort. Simply add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, and let it work its magic.

At my house, we’re big fans of slow cooker meals. From Crockpot Beef Stew to Crockpot Meatballs and this delectable Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie, we’ve tried them all. However, this recipe for Dr. Pepper pulled pork has quickly become our favorite.

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Why We Love this Recipe

  • Tender and juicy: This recipe produces fall-off-the-bone tender pulled pork that’s never dry or tough. It turns out perfect every time.
  • Easy: You don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy BBQ flavors. This super easy recipe can be enjoyed any time of the year, no matter the weather outside.
  • Versatile: Pulled pork opens up a world of delicious possibilities. Apart from being a main course, you can serve it on top of a salad, in a lettuce wrap, or even add it to your favorite vegetable soup. And let’s not forget about pulled pork tacos…YUM!
  • Great for Meal Prep: This recipe makes a generous amount of pulled pork, making it perfect for meal prepping. Cook once, and you can enjoy it throughout the week!

Ingredients for Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Pork

Ingredients on counter: can of Dr. Pepper, raw pork loin, BBQ sauce, onion, seasonings, brown sugar, garlic

To make this delicious pulled pork, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Pork butt: Also known as “Boston butt” or “pork shoulder,” this cut of meat is heavily marbled with fat, resulting in tender and juicy meat during the slow cooking process. Look for a piece that weighs around 3 lbs.
  • Onions and garlic cloves: These ingredients break down while the pork is cooking, adding incredible flavor to the meat.
  • Homemade spice rub: Prepare a simple rub using brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Dr. Pepper: This secret ingredient tenderizes and infuses the meat with flavor. You can use a can of Dr Pepper or substitute it with diet Dr. Pepper, root beer, cola, or any dark soda.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Choose your favorite barbecue sauce brand to enhance the flavors of the pork. We recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s or Kraft sweet BBQ sauce.
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How to Make the Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Looking top down into crockpot: onions in the bottom of crockpot; pork loin on top with seasonings rubbed in; pork on a plate with two forks shredded; shredded pork back in crockpot with BBQ

Follow these simple steps to create the best slow cooker pulled pork:

  1. Place the chopped onion at the bottom of the slow cooker. Lay the pork butt on top of the sliced onion.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rub the pork with the paprika mixture.
  4. Pour the Dr. Pepper over the pork and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  5. Remove the cooked pork and place it on a large plate. Save the cooking juices from the slow cooker. Using two forks, shred the pork and return it to the slow cooker.
  6. Pour barbecue sauce over the shredded pork, along with 1 cup of the saved juices. Stir to coat the shredded pork. Adjust the amount of sauce or juices according to your preference for moistness.
  7. Leave the pork in the slow cooker for an additional 20 minutes to heat thoroughly.
  8. Serve the delicious pulled pork on hamburger buns or alongside your favorite side dish.

Tips and Variations for the Best Pulled Pork

  • Clean up: To make clean up even easier, use a crockpot liner. Once you’re done cooking, simply lift out the liner and toss it, leaving you with a mess-free slow cooker insert.
  • Tenderizing tough pork: If the pork isn’t falling off the bone by the end of the suggested cooking time, continue cooking it in 30-minute intervals until it reaches the desired tenderness.
  • Avoid peeking: It’s tempting to lift the lid and take a peek once the mouthwatering aroma fills your kitchen. However, it’s crucial to resist the urge, as lifting the lid slows down the cooking process by letting heat escape.
  • Enhance smoky flavors: Achieve a smoky flavor without using an outdoor smoker by adding Worcestershire sauce, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or liquid smoke to the recipe.
  • Add some heat: If you prefer a spicier version, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the rub mixture or incorporate your favorite hot sauce into the liquid in the slow cooker.
  • Go sweeter: For a sweeter twist, add more brown sugar to the rub. You can also include honey or molasses along with the Dr Pepper.
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BBQ-drenched pulled pork on a hamburger bun

Want More Hearty Meal Recipes?

  • Ground Beef Stroganoff
  • Homemade Goulash
  • Cheeseburger Casserole
  • Slow Cooker Chili
  • Salisbury Steak

For more delicious recipes and inspiration, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill. Enjoy your flavorful Crockpot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork and happy cooking!