Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Every few months I get a craving for pulled pork. It’s one of our favorite comfort foods. This time around, I thought I would try Dr. Pepper pulled pork in my slow cooker. All you do is add a can or two of Dr. Pepper, along with a few other seasonings to your slow cooker with a Boston Butt. Then let it cook all day until it’s super tender.

After it’s done cooking, you just strain off the cooking juices and excess fat, and then mix the pulled pork with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve it on a bun. To go along with it, I made a simple coleslaw out of cabbage, carrots, red onions, a little mayo, vinegar and agave. It paired perfectly with this puled pork.

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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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For the pork:

3 - 4 lb Boston Butt
3 cups Dr. Pepper
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups barbecue sauce

For the cole slaw:
1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded
1 cup matchstick carrots
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown seedy mustard
1 teaspoon agave
1/4 cup mayonnaise


For the pork:

Add all ingredients except barbecue sauce to slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours, or until pork is falling apart.

Drain juices, shred pork with two forks and add barbecue sauce. Heat through and serve on hamburger buns.

For the slaw:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving.


Adapted from Paula at Bellalimento

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  20 Responses to “Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches”

  1. Deborah โ€” August 16, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I have always wanted to try a recipe like this – looks fantastic!

  2. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch โ€” August 16, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    There is just nothing better than using Dr. Pepper slow cooking meat, is there? We love it with beef roasts, brisket, and with pork. It just does something magical in that pot all day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Paula - bell'alimento โ€” August 16, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    This is one of my favorite ways to make pulled pork! xoxo

  4. Carrian-Sweet Basil โ€” August 16, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    BLAST! I wish I had seen this post earlier so I could get cooking. I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

  5. Belinda @zomppa โ€” August 16, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    All of a sudden, I started to drool!

  6. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen โ€” August 16, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    I made coca-cola pot roast once but I haven’t ever cooked with DP. I’m sure the guys would love it. Can’t beat great barbecue!

  7. Aggie โ€” August 17, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I’m a sucker for Dr. Pepper!! (I don’t drink a lot of soda, but if I did, DP would be my choice ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I have to make this during one of our football games this fall, I love making pulled pork. And slaw is the perfect side…love your simple simple recipe, yum!!!

  8. [email protected] โ€” August 17, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Angie, living in the Carolinas, I’ve got a serious weakness for pulled pork. I cannot WAIT to try this!

  9. Tara @ Unsophisticook โ€” August 17, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    We make Dr. Pepper pulled por frequently, but I guess it’s been a few months since the last time. Now I’m craving it! Will try your coleslaw next time I make it.

  10. Waylon W Werner โ€” August 17, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    I am looking forward to trying this. It’s shockingly easy looking…but I will solider on optimistically. However….the real question is…do you have a super duper easy BBQ Sauce recipe you love?

    • Angie โ€” August 17, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

      I always go back to prepared bottled sauces. There’s so many extraordinary ones.

  11. Cassie โ€” August 17, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    We don’t eat a ton of pork but I am like you – when I crave it, it’s all I want. And I’m the same with Dr. Pepper. It was my soda of choice as a kid and sometimes there is nothing better. This pulled pork sounds absolutely awesome!

  12. Tickled Red โ€” August 18, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    Pulled pork is the bomb and yours looks fantastic…not to mention you made it with Dr. P…Nice!

  13. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker โ€” August 18, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Looks delish! I’ve always wanted to try shredded pork in the crock pot; this sounds nice and easy!

  14. Katie โ€” August 30, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    I am a huge fan of pork and have tried cooking it in many different ways but never in a bun; like in a burger or as a sandwich. It’s a great idea to slow cook it and then eat seasoned shredded pork inside a fresh soft bun with tossed salad. I shall try the recipe next weekend when my family will be coming over for a weekend lunch. More than anybody, I’m sure the kids are going to love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  15. Adam โ€” February 11, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! Going to set it up tomorrow morning

  16. Polly โ€” March 9, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Made this last Christmas and it was a huge hit. I have been making it about once a month since. It’s a really easy and tasty recipe to prepare for a large crowd. All day in the slow cooker means less for me to do! Thanks!

  17. Jonny โ€” June 20, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    Hi, the recipe looks great, how many people does it serve please? thanks

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