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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork cooked in a crock pot.
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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

This tender pulled pork is cooked in the crock pot all day and tossed with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. It's a recipe that combines 3 favorites of mine: pulled pork, Dr. Pepper, and my crock pot.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 519kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pound boneless pork shoulder, ok to use one with bone but should be about 5 pounds
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Dr. Pepper


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Dr. Pepper


  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper on all sides. Place in pan and cook to brown all sides.
  • Mix together dark brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Place sliced onion in bottom of a crock pot.
  • Place pork on top of onions and coat with brown sugar mixture. Pour can of Dr. Pepper around the sides of 6-quart crock pot. Place lid on crock pot and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or on high 5 to 6 hours.
  • To make sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan . Add garlic and onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  • When pork is done, remove it from crock pot and shred with 2 forks. Discard liquid in crock pot. Return pork to crock pot and add 1/2 to 1 cup of sauce. Mix in with pork. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 1 hour.


Calories: 519kcal