Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

I feel a little frazzled right now. The remaining weeks of basketball season and the beginnings of Little League baseball are overlapping. Between the two sports, we’re busy with practices and games 6 nights a week. I’m sure I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I have only one child that I’m shuttling from practice to practice, and I know very well that there are families out there who are trying to manage their way through multiple sports and numerous children. I honestly don’t know how large families do it. I’d be frantic and exhausted.

In any case, there is little time for dinner on sport’s nights. More often than not on days like this, I turn to my slow cooker to make dinner for us– and I usually make something large enough that will give us a couple of nights of good dinners. It’s a relief to come home to “dinner already done,” and it’s a whole lot healthier than picking up fast food. My latest slow cooker recipe success: Root Beer Pulled Pork (for sandwiches).

Here’s the (very simple) how-to:

Purchase a pork roast- butt or shoulder cut, and trim of any obvious excess fat slabs.

Sprinkle on an envelope of dried onion soup mix (or some dehydrated onions).

With clean hands, rub the mix into the meat on all sides. (full disclosure: I paid my 9 year old a dollar to do this for me so I could take the picture 🙂 ) Give it a good sprinkle of salt and pepper too.

Place your seasoned roast into your slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, mix a can of root beer with a half cup of your favorite bbq sauce. I like the Jack Daniel’s brand, but Sweet Baby Rays is pretty darn good too.

Pour the root beer-BBQ sauce mixture over your pork roast. Then let it cook LOW and slow for 10 or 11 hours.

When your roast has reached an internal temperature of over 190 degrees F., the meat should pull easily apart and away from the bone. At this point you can remove the roast to a cutting board and use two forks to pull apart the meat into shreds. It then goes back into the (almost drained) slow cooker with more BBQ sauce and is left to heat for a few minutes.

Serve a good scoopful of pulled pork on a warmed bun. We like ours with potato salad (easy to make ahead) and pickles.

And you can see just how very tender this pork turns out to be. Perfect. And easy. And stress-free for those busy, busy nights  🙂

This recipe can be found here: Root Beer Pulled Pork

Other slow-cooker recipes worthy of trying:
Beef Stroganoff
Easy Chicken Santa Fe
Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken & Beans
Slow Cooked Carnitas Tacos
Slow Cook Tuscan Sausage & Bean Soup

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  • Z wrote:

    I love pulled pork and I’m itching to try this recipe! I wonder if this can be made into a filling of a savory pie..

  • Rachel wrote:

    Just purchased a slow cooker for this recipe 🙂 I’m planning on winning some man’s heart with this type of food.

  • Kimberly wrote:

    Can I make this a day or 2 ahead of time? IF so how would you recommend reheating? I was thinking keep all the liquid seperate and then put pork back into liquid to reheat?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure… I would think the pork would dry out if it’s separated from the liquid.

  • Mia wrote:

    Just made this today, good recipe! I dont really taste the root beer in the pulled pork, but it was nice and moist and well seasoned… and the house smelled great! keep on doing slow cooker recipes, please!

  • Lara Parker wrote:

    Can I use a Sprite soda instead of root beer? We can’t have gluten and believe it or not, root beer has gluten in the caramel flavoring/colorings.
    Does it work as well with other sodas?
    Looks tasty!

  • Margaret wrote:

    I ended up staying up until midnight to put this on. This was worth the loss of sleep. It was a huge hit! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes

  • Margaret wrote:

    I am planning on making this for Easter and will be serving it about 1pm. If I out it in the crockpot at night and let it cook until time to serve will that be long? Will it dry out the meat?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Well, I haven’t done it. But I’m guessing if you keep it on low and keep it in the liquid, it should be okay! Be sure to check on it in the morning and see how it’s doing.

  • Jen wrote:

    Looks great! But question…you say put it back in the almost drained cooker – do you actually drain off most of the juice or does it evaporate? Going to make this for 500 weekend and don’t want to screw it up…

  • Nancy wrote:

    Tried this this weekend…it’s so easy and was fantastic

  • Dave Fifield wrote:

    Sounds like the ticket. If you serve coleslaw add honey.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Great tip!

  • Nakita wrote:

    I made this for dinner tonight. SOOO flavorful and tasty! Love using the slowcooker so I don’t have to scramble at 4pm to get dinner made – but just enjoy the afternoon. Thanks!

  • Posti4 wrote:

    It is in the pot now! I Can’t wait 10 hours! Torture.

  • Laurel wrote:

    Oh my this looks so good! I’m on a pulled pork kick lately so this is great!

  • MBLS wrote:

    Your recipes are amazing. I really enjoyed the pulled pork.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @MBLS, Thank you- & glad to hear you enjoyed!

  • Emily wrote:

    I’m so making this. I love pulled pork! Do you ever top your with slaw?

    I’ve heard Sweet Baby Rays is good. I need to try it.

  • Jessica wrote:

    Wow Lori you have been busy! Yet you still manage to whip up a delicious dinner! Looks great girl!

  • Brooke wrote:

    This post makes me want to RUN out and buy a slow cooker. Great, easy recipe and perfect solution for a hectic life. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Pattie wrote:

    I made this pulled pork overnight. My family has eaten it for lunch and dinner. My hubby has told me to throw away my old pulled pork recipe and to make this one from now on. Just wish I could find those delicious looking buns! Thanks Lori!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Pattie, Oh, yay! Glad you guys enjoyed it so much. I found those buns at Albertsons in the bakery area. These are also good served as little sliders on those delicious little Hawaiian buns.

  • Jaime {sophistimom} wrote:

    This looks good, Lori. Long live the slow cooker!

  • Sharlene wrote:

    Oh pulled pork.. Drool.