Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe

Over the years, we have received so many kind comments (and some not-so-kind comments! Ha ha!) from our readers, but one that stands out to me still this day came after we had been blogging for only a short while. Our Facebook page was brand new and I was the one that was monitoring the comments when they came. Anyway, a sweet older gentleman left the following comment: “I just wanted to thank you girls for your easy slow cooker recipes. My wife is sick and cannot make dinner for us anymore and I recently had to go back to work after retiring to help pay the medical bills. Because of your recipes, I can throw dinner in the slow cooker before I go to work and have something ready to eat when I come home. Keep it up!”

This stood out to me for so many reasons – 1. a guy was reading our blog! And not just any guy, but an older gentleman. He was definitely the minority! 2. He was exactly the person we hoped our recipes would reach. Not once have we ever said that we are professional chefs or make gourmet food and we definitely aren’t experts at food photography; our focus is to help those busy working people who want recipes that they can make quickly and on a budget. 3. His comment was kind- it’s people like him that make me want to keep blogging!

So, if that gentleman is still reading our blog today- thank you for your kind comments from so long ago. I want you to know that I think about your comment often, especially when people choose to leave not-so-kind comments. And if you need another simple slow cooker recipe, don’t look any further. This one was a huge hit with my family! With only a handful of ingredients, it’s sweet and delicious and makes an amazing dinner!

Serves: 6-8

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe

10 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 (3 lb) pork shoulder roast
  • various seasonings (I used garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and ground black pepper)
  • 1 (12 oz) can Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Rub pork roast with various seasonings and place roast in slow cooker.
  3. Pour Dr. Pepper and BBQ sauce on top of roast.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Shred roast with two forks (it should fall apart easily) and serve on top of hamburger buns.

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39 Responses to “Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe”

  1. Natalie Messano
    I love easy slow cooker recipes, especially for Sundays when I like to throw something in and have it ready after church. Thank you so much for what you do! You girls are amazing and I'm so glad I got to meet you at the BYBC14. I told my husband it was like meeting celebrities for me. :)
  2. Charlotte
    Camille, This recipe looks delicious, I can't wait to try it! Now that I'm retired I'm using my slow-cooker more than ever ( I'm so busy I don't know how I had time to work), and our grown children and their families love pulled pork, so I think this will be a winner! :-) The story that you added is so beautiful, God Bless him and his wife!!!
  3. Robert DeCuir
    Camille, I would like to say "thank you" to you and your sisters for taking the time in offering these recipes. As a single Dad supporting twin 13 year old daughters, the name of the cooking game all too often for us is a quality meal in a impossible time frame. I would like to know your thoughts on using this recipe with thick cut pork chops instead. I can catch them on sale here in the Houston area far more often than a roast. Do you see a downside? Thank you for your time and consideration, Bobby
    • Hi Bobby, I'm the mom of the six sisters and answer a lot of the comments left for the girls. Thick cut pork chops should work great but the cooking time will be reduced. We used a 3 pound roast, so try to get around 3 pounds or so of pork chops and cook it most of the day on low. Then just come home and shred it. Should be pretty tasty!! Hope this helps and your girls are lucky to have a great dad!!
  4. Kirstie
    Hi there, I've really been wanting to try one of these "soda" pulled pork recipes. Can you reccommend a barbeque sauce to use? That is always my biggest hold back, I have no idea what kind of barbeque sauce tastses good. I like sweet, nothing spicy.
  5. Stacie
    I have mine in the crock pot now. I used tenderloin instead because they were on sale. I have seen many variations to this recipe. Do you return the shredded pork to the juices from the crock pot afterwards, or mix it with fresh bbq sauce when it's all done? I am loving your site so far, thank you :)
    • Hi Stacie, we have done this both ways. If you feel it needs more liquid after shredding, just add it back into the liquid it cooked in and use a slotted spoon to serve. Or you can add more bbq sauce and that will be a thicker sauce. Thanks so much for coming to our blog!
  6. Porsche
    I actually tried this recipe when my brother in law made some and gave me a taste, although he used brown sugar, and a little maple syrup to his. I'm making a weekly menu for next week and this is on it! We don't eat much pork so I'm going to try this with chicken and make my BBQ sauce. Will also share on my Facebook recipe blog! All my moms there are always asking for slow cook recipes because most have 2+ kids, work, or just busy! So standing over a stove is the last thing most want to do!
    • Allie H.
      You can certainly do this with coke, root beer or dr. pepper. The real point is that the soda tenderizes the meat and adds flavor at the same time so that it falls apart and stays moist. My last try was garlic, paprika, lawry's seasoning salt and chicken broth & cream of mushroom soup instead of coke and it worked the same...the chops came out in slabs and the second you laid them onto pasta or rice, they fell apart when you dug a fork into them. So, so good.
  7. I was looking up recipes for the Dr Pepper pulled pork and most that I found have you wait to add the barbecue until after it was cooked and drained most the juice... is it really runny this way?... I personally like the fact that there is less work with this one bit I'm not sure which to try.
  8. I was also wondering if this would come out a bit watery and it did when I tried it out a few days ago, but I just put the juices into a pot with some cornstarch to thicken and readded the sauce to the shredded pork. It was excellent, and I enjoyed it much more than I would with just straight bbq sauce. :)
  9. steve pruett
    Great idea, everybody loves Dr Pepper in our family. Do you think throw back sodas with real sugar would be better? And are you saying to add the BBQ sauce in the beginning or when it's pulled? Thanks for this recipe! I've been looking for a good easy one for tailgating. (Go Chiefs!) Would this be OK to do on the grill with ribs?
  10. I love your blog! I really hate finding some recipe that looks delicious and then I look at the recipe. It has a ton of ingredients and some of which I have never heard of! Thank you so much for your recipes! This pulled pork looks perfect for Father's Day!!

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