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Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

Only four ingredients needed to make this incredible Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork. Top with coleslaw and you have a fantastic BBQ Sandwich. This is one of my favorite pulled pork recipes and it is one of the easiest. The root beer really gives it a mouthwatering flavor.

Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

An onion, a pork butt, a can of root beer are slow cooked for 8 to 10 hours. The root beer not only flavors the pork but helps tenderize it.

Next all the liquid gets discarded. This helps prevent the sauce from being too watery. The root beer flavor has already penetrated the pork.

Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork- only 4 ingredients!

Next, shred the pork, discarding any fatty pieces and add a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce. Let it cook for 30 minutes and you’re ready to plate it up.

You can use either a boneless pork butt, or a bone-in one for this Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork.

Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

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Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork



  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) pork butt, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 (12-ounce) can root beer
  • 1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle bbq sauce


  • Place pork butt in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add onion and root beer.
  • Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker. Discard all the liquid. 
  • Shred pork and return to slow cooker. Stir in the bbq sauce. 
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

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6 thoughts on “Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork”

  1. This is the best pulled pork recipe! My dad often cooks pulled pork in the crock pot, and he said that mine (I used this recipe) might even be better than his! After draining and shredding the meat, I added about a tsp of chili powder, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a little mustard. Both my husband and my parents loved it! Thank you for a great recipe!

  2. Things I do different are to sear the pork in olive oil and fresh garlic before putting it in the crockpot and add a tiny bit of crushed red pepper. I use a mandoline to cut the onion so it is in slivers and add those cooked slivers to the pork after I shred. Additionally, I do not add the barbeque sauce to the pork, I let everyone top their own sandwich off with the sauce. Top it off with coleslaw and yummy! This is a huge hit with the family.

  3. Ann Grismore

    I’ve been making a variation of the recipe for a couple of years now and it’s a winner. For anyone who hasn’t tried it yet – this is a great place to start. I like to add pepperoncini’s, garlic, and black pepper along with a spicy bbq sauce and a non-diet root bear. Virgil’s or Henry Winehard’s are both good. This makes a lot of food and works great for sandwiches, nachos, and pizza. If you’ve got some hungry carnivores and need an easy recipe for a busy day then this is a great option. Put in the crockpot and cook on low overnight and keep on warm the next day till serving. Delicious!

  4. i have made something like this quite a few times , I first put the chicken in with hard root beer and when it’s done discard the root beer chicken was cooked in and add Guy Fieri’s root beer barbeque sauce , shred and cook for 45 more minutes ,I love root beer.

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