Easy and Flavorful Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

This sweet and savory Crockpot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is so incredibly juicy, flavorful, and fall-apart tender.

If you’re searching for a stress-free meal that oozes flavor, look no further than this amazing Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork recipe. Whether you’re planning an easy lunch, a satisfying dinner, or feeding a hungry crowd, this recipe has got you covered.

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Shoulder

This is the ultimate slow cooker pulled pork recipe that will blow your mind. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll have the most incredible BBQ dinner. You can get creative with how you serve it too! Whether it’s pork sandwiches, sliders, or pulled pork nachos for a game day party, this recipe is versatile and delicious.

The best part about this recipe, besides its mouthwatering taste, is its “set it and forget it” nature. Simply add the ingredients to your slow cooker, and let it do all the work for you.

At our house, we love slow cooker meals! We have a few favorites like Crockpot Beef Stew, Crockpot Meatballs, and this delectable Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie. But let me tell you, this Dr. Pepper pulled pork recipe has earned its spot at the top of our list!

Why We Love this Recipe

  • Tender and juicy: This recipe guarantees fall-off-the-bone tender pulled pork that is never dry or tough. It turns out perfectly every single time.
  • Easy: You don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy some BBQ goodness. This super easy recipe can be enjoyed year-round, regardless of the weather.
  • Versatile: Pulled pork opens the door to endless meal possibilities. Apart from being a delicious 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 yields a generous amount of pulled pork, making it ideal for meal prepping. Cook once and enjoy it throughout the week!
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What You’ll Need

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

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

How to Make the Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Step-by-step guide to making Dr. Pepper pulled pork

  1. Begin by placing the chopped onion at the bottom of the slow cooker, followed by the pork butt.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rub the spice mixture onto the pork.
  4. Pour the Dr. Pepper over the pork and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  5. Once the pork is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and place it on a large plate. Save the juices from the crockpot for later.
  6. Using two forks, shred the pork and return it to the crockpot.
  7. Pour barbecue sauce on top of the shredded pork along with 1 cup of the saved juices. Stir to coat the pork thoroughly. Adjust the amount of sauce and juice according to your desired consistency.
  8. Let the pork heat thoroughly in the crockpot for an additional 20 minutes.
  9. Serve the delicious pulled pork on hamburger buns or alongside your favorite side dish!
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Tips and Variations for the Best Pulled Pork

  • Clean up: Make clean up even easier by using a crockpot liner. Once you’re done cooking, simply lift out the liner and toss it, leaving you with a clean insert and zero mess.
  • Tenderizing tough pork: If the pork is not falling off the bone at the end of the suggested cooking time, let it cook a little longer. Check it in 30-minute intervals.
  • Avoid peeking: Although the mouthwatering aroma may tempt you to take a peek, avoid lifting the lid. Keeping it on is crucial to maintain the cooking process and prevent heat loss.
  • Add a smoky flavor: You don’t need an outdoor smoker to achieve a smoky taste. Worcestershire sauce, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or liquid smoke can add that smoky touch.
  • Kick up the heat: If you like some extra spice, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the rub mixture or incorporate your favorite hot sauce into the slow cooker liquid.
  • Sweeten it up: To make a sweeter version, add more brown sugar to the rub. You can also experiment with a touch of honey or molasses along with the Dr. Pepper.

BBQ drenched pulled pork on hamburger bun

Want More Hearty Meal Recipes?

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

For more mouthwatering recipes and culinary delights, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill. Enjoy your delicious Dr. Pepper pulled pork and happy cooking!