Root Beer Pulled Pork? You Betcha!

My sister doesn’t cook as often as I do so when she said she had a recipe I should try, I knew it must be both easy and delicious, so it was time to get cooking. I made it once, and I was hooked! It is one of my most popular recipes and one that puts a smile on my guest’s faces overtime!

The best thing about this recipe is you only need three basic ingredients- pork shoulder, root beer and your favorite BBQ sauce.

When I have planned far enough in advance, I typically whip up a spice rub of brown sugar, ancho chili powder, kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and a pinch of cayenne. You can use any pre-made rub but I just make my own.  I put the rub on, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and let it sit for up to 24 hours.

I highly recommend you plan to keep busy outside your house while this is cooking because I promise you- the smell is simply tantalizing after just a few hours!

Over the years, I have served this up a few ways, but my tasters (AKA friends!) all agree, on potato rolls with tangy coleslaw is the way to go.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: approx 11 hours


  • A boneless or bone-in pork shoulder- any size that will not into your crockpot.
  • 1-2 cans of root beer- just enough to cover or close to cover the roast
  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce- I like Sweet Baby Rays for this recipe.
  • Optional- Spice rub made up all or combination of of brown sugar, ancho chili powder, kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and a pinch of cayenne
  • Recommended- Potato Rolls and Cole Slaw for serving.


  1. Trim any access that fat off the roast that you want to. You don't really have to do this, but I typically do trim it down.
  2. If using a spice rub, rub the roast all over and wrap tightly in saran wrap and leave on a plate in the refrigerator overnight and up to 24 hours.
  3. Place roast into the slow cooker and add enough Root Beer to almost cover it.
  4. Place cover on crock pot and set on low for 8-12 hours.
  5. Using a colander, drain the liquid off the pork. It will start to break apart. Discard any excess chunks of fat.
  6. Add pork back into crock pot and finished breaking apart with a fork.
  7. Mix in your desired amount of BBQ sauce.
  8. Serve with coleslaw and potato sandwich rolls.

Serving Suggestion

This is a great dish to serve at a BBQ. Its easy, can be made in advance and a cost effective. You'll be a real stand out for serving up pulled pork sandwiches instead of boring 'ole hamburgers!

User Rating

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I love everything about this recipe other than the amount of time it takes to make it. But like most things, good things come to those who wait!