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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

I have been hearing about cooking pork in a slow cooker with pop for ages now and have been completly intrigued ever since. I finally gave it a try this past weekend and wow was it delicious! The soda pop works not only to give the meat some nice flavor (no it doesn't taste like pop, just flavorful) but it also works as a tenderizer.  The pork came out of the slow cooker super juicey and completely falling apart. I hardly had to really "pull it" apart, just gently separate.  A nice bonus is that it is a very inexpensive meal as well.  It only cost me $6 for my 2 1/2 pound pork butt at Whole Foods Market!  Sure, this cut of meat is a bit fattier, but that also makes for a more flavorful final product.  Once cooked, the fat easily separated from the meat when I was pulling it apart.  We all agreed that this recipe is a winner and will be added to my meal plan rotation.



Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker
adapted slightly from Mama Foodie


2 1/2-3 lb pork butt (also known as a pork shoulder)
24 oz. (2 cans) Dr. Pepper (or any caramel colored soda pop, each will provide a slightly different flavor)
1 medium onion, cut in quarters and then again in half
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on personal taste.)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
bbq sauce of choice
rolls or buns of choice

Place the chopped onions in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Place the pork butt on top of the onions and add the garlic, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the Dr. Pepper on top and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or on low for 8 hours).

Very carefully, because the pork will be hot, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place on a large cutting board.  Using two forks, shred the pork by pulling away from each other.  The meat should be very tender by this point.  Place the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and continue to cook for an additional hour.

Drain the remaining juices and toss the meat and onion mixture in the bbq sauce of choice.  I don't have an exact amount listed- just add a bit at a time until you get to your desired sauciness!

Top onto lightly toasted buns and enjoy!  Goes great with a good slaw and some oven fries.

39 comments:

  1. wow, mouthwatering!! very tempting

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  2. Definitely going to have to try this recipe!

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  3. Thanks guys! Easy and seriously SO GOOD!

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  4. Delicious! Love this recipe! Thank you for sharing! You're right - super easy and very tasty!

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  5. How many sandwiches does this recipe make?

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    1. LOADS!! I would guess somewhere around 8-10 depending on what size bun you are serving it on. This is easily doubled, and would still be an inexpensive meal to pull together.

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    2. Dawn, it actually makes more then 8-10. And if you want to stretch it, serve it with slider buns. That way people can have more then one sandwich and they don't use as much filling at a time.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this, it's become a staple around our house! My husband loves it, so do all of his friends, and it's so easy (and cheap!)to make they get to enjoy it often :)

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    1. Cool! It is our Go-To recipe for sure as well! It is just so good to NOT make it all the time! Plus it feeds a crowd great. Have a nice day!

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  8. This looks great, and I love doing barbecue-style pork in the slow cooker. So easy. I done a similar recipe with Cheerwine. So good.

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    1. I am not familiar with Cheerwine. What is that like?

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  9. I tried this yesterday...SO GOOD! My husband and I both love it, and the dog was going crazy over the smell :)

    So, two thumbs and a paw up!

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    1. Hahaha, did you give the pup at least a little taste?! :) So happy you both enjoyed it!

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  11. This was delicious; tender, juicy, and flavorful! Went great with a simple vinegar slaw.

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    1. So glad you loved it! That is exactly how we like it too, with the vinegar slaw. Have a great day!

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  13. This is in my slow cooker right now, can't wait to taste it :)

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    1. The verdict - I don't think I've ever had better tasting pork in my life. Will be making this again soon I can feel it :)

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  14. I just tried this recipe and it turned out beautifully! I started with a 4-lb organic pork butt and scaled the ingredients accordingly, also substituting Faygo Rock-and-Rye soda for the Dr. Pepper. Perhaps because the roast was larger than what was called for in the recipe, I had to cook it for 12 hours on low to get the desired tenderness. The flavor, texture, and juiciness were amazing - which is notable because the cut of pork I had was extremely lean (no visible fat), whereas typical pork butts are heavily marbled. I went on the low end with the cayenne pepper, and it was not noticeable; I'll add more next time to get it just to the *threshold* of spicy. I also used the dry ingredients as a rub instead of dumping in the crock pot - but it probably doesn't matter since the pulled pork cooks in the juice for the last hour anyway, so the ingredients will marry. I'm eager to try this again using ginger ale and apple juice. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  15. This is now the only recipe I use to make pulled pork sandwiches!! I have used it so many times now that I have lost track. Simply amazing!!

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    1. It is our favorite too, it is just so darn good, isn't it?!! Thrilled to hear you enjoy it! Thank you.

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  16. Gonna try this this week. Cant wait. Sounds great.

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    1. I hope you love it!! Please come back and let me know what you think!

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  17. We make this about once a month. Great recipe. I actually have it in the pot right now

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    1. Yay!! I am so thrilled to hear you love it!! Thank you so much for coming back to tell me! It means a lot!

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  18. This is in my crock pot right now. It smells amazing. I can't wait for it all to be done. I am a huge pulled pork lover so I have tried it all kinds of ways.

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  19. This was easy and delicious. Thanks for posting it!

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  20. Ours has been in the crock pot for about two hours now, it is starting to get harder and harder to wait! It smells so good!

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  21. This is my second time making this and I just put it in the crock for my boyfriend and I tonight ^_^ Can't wait!! Great recipe!

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  22. I would like to say thank you for sharing this entry. That's cool.. This is exactly what I need, Thanks a lot. Keep blogging. :)

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  24. I am browning my pork shoulder in coconut oil right now! When I'm done I'm going to toss it in a crock pot with a 24oz Coke. I'm thinking 8 hours or so, then drain and shred inside the crock. I'll add Sweet baby Rays BBQ sauce then let warm for 30 mins till dinner time!!!!

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