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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

close up overhead shot of dr pepper pulled pork in a crockpot
Slow-cooked Dr Pepper Pulled Pork is tender and juicy, thanks to the special ingredient: Dr Pepper. Serve this barbecue classic with coleslaw and deli rolls for a quick and easy meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 397 kcal


  • 1 medium-size sweet yellow onion sliced thin (1 ½ cups)
  • 4 to 5 pounds pork butt or pork shoulder
  • 12 ounces Dr Pepper 1 ½ cups
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon garlic fresh minced
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • hamburger buns or deli rolls
  • 15 ounces coleslaw optional


  • Line a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker with aluminum foil or a crock pot liner.
  • Evenly layer the thinly sliced onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place the pork on top of the onions then pour the Dr Pepper over the pork.
  • In a small mixing bowl add the liquid smoke, honey, and minced garlic. Stir to combine the ingredients. Use a basting brush to evenly brush the smoke sauce onto the pork.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, onion powder, kosher salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, and cumin.
  • Evenly sprinkle the dry seasoning on top of the pork.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • When the pork has finished cooking, either leave the pork in the crockpot or transfer the meat to a large baking dish. Carefully use 2 forks or a set of tongs to shred the pork.
  • Pour the BBQ sauce over the top of the shredded pork. Then use tongs to toss the pork and sauce.
  • Serve on either hamburger buns or deli rolls, and coleslaw.


Sodium: 1003mgCalcium: 78mgVitamin C: 20mgVitamin A: 339IUSugar: 26gFiber: 2gPotassium: 917mgCholesterol: 121mgCalories: 397kcalTrans Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 4gFat: 12gProtein: 39gCarbohydrates: 32gIron: 3mg