Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork
Using root beer to tenderize slow cooked pork tenderloin makes a delicious preparation method of Crock Pot pulled pork. Root beer gives these slow cooked root beer pulled pork sandwiches rich color and slight sweetness.
The pools have closed and crisp temperatures and crunchy leaves are on their way. Yesterday (9/22) marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall, also called the autumn equinox, in the Northern Hemisphere. The smell of root beer pulled pork is in the air. That means the night hours and daytime hours were nearly equal in length (12 hours) all over the world. Cool, right?
So this is a new pulled pork recipe I threw together a few weeks ago when we had some guys over our house to help us with our patio…and I’ve made it twice since then because it came out SO good. The result of my experimentation was a tender and flavorful restaurant quality pulled pork sandwich that everyone really enjoyed!
The root beer pulled pork is cooked in root beer but does NOT end up tasting like root beer, as long as you make sure to drain all of the liquid when it’s done cooking (not that I would have minded the root beer taste). The root beer is used only to tenderize the meat and it does a great job doing so. The flavor comes solely from the meat and the barbecue sauce.
I used Dinosaur BBQ sauce (for those in Rochester, NY) but make sure you use a sauce that you love the flavor of so that you’ll be sure to love results of your pulled pork. I know that Sweet Baby Rays is a favorite of many readers.
Tip: make sure you don’t use a pork tenderloin for this root beer pulled pork recipe as that is way too lean a cut of meat for slow cooking. The point of slow cooking in a liquid such as a soda is to break down the tougher connective tissue of tougher cuts of meat.
Not much effort is required while shredding the pork since it should be pretty much falling apart once it’s cooked through. Hope that helps and enjoy! Serve these Garlic Oven Roasted Potatoes or my Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatoes on the side and you are good to go!
P.s. The leftovers are even better the day after!
- 1 (3-4 pound) bone-in pork shoulder or butt
- 1 large bottle of root beer (about 1 liter - NOT diet)
- 1 (18 ounce) bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, more if you like a lot
- 8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
- Trim the fat off the pork as best you can. I rub some salt, pepper, and garlic salt on it (this is optional, but gives extra flavor).
- Place the pork shoulder/butt in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat - pour enough of it to cover the meat or almost cover it. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours.
- Drain the liquid very carefully. Shred the meat with 2 forks and discard bone. Place the pork back into slow cooker and stir in barbecue sauce, as much as you like so that it's not dry at all and keep the slow cooker on the LOW setting until ready to serve (one half hour to an hour is great, it gives the meat time to soak up the sauce).
- Turn to warm setting until ready to serve. Spoon onto hamburger buns. Serve with a side of baked beans, cole slaw or sweet potato fries!
I did a beer braised pulled pork before in a slow cooker and it was amazing! I can’t wait to try it with root beer. Sounds delicious Ashley! 🙂
It’s SO good with root beer!
Amazing. I am actually dribbling all over my keyboard.
Haha thanks, Caroline!
Pulled pork is one of my ultimate comfort foods, and it’s the best in the crockpot. Looks amazing, Ashley!
I love it in the crock pot! Wouldn’t do it any other way!
I’ve heard of using soda when making barbecue sauce, but never cooking a pork shoulder in it. Sounds fantastic!
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Thanks, Eric! I recommend trying it with soda.
My mouth is watering! This is perfect fall comfort food. The use of root beer is genius!
YES!! This is my kinda pork, if sounds like such a great combo of flavors, especially with the fall season officially here. Love this post, Ashley!!
Thanks Dan! I love crock pot recipes in the fall 🙂
I have always wanted to try a root beer pulled pork- looks absolutely delicious! Although I don’t think I would mind if it tasted like actual root beer either 🙂
Nothing wrong with tasting like root beer, right?!
This looks so darn amazing. I’d love to have it for dinner today 😉 And I wish I had a crockpot as well! x
You need to get a crock pot ASAP! 🙂
this is going on my list of things to make this fall. Great idea!
Thank you, Alana!
Great crockpot recipe!
I love that you added root beer to this as pulled pork is a big ol favorite here. Can’t wait to eat multiple of these sandwiches! 😉
LOL Thanks, Pamela!
My crock pot is my best friend during the fall and winter months! I’m waiting for it to get cool enough to actually want to use it–hopefully soon! Love this easy dinner idea.
It’s my BFF, too! Thanks, Elizabeth!
A good pulled pork sandwich is one of the most satisfying things in life, I think! I need to get my crockpot out for it one day soon! This looks delish.
Yes, definitely try it! Thanks, Monica!
This is the perfect meal when I need to not be so hands on in the kitchen!
Crock pots are perfect for that!
Wow this sounds like my kind of dish. My family would devour this in seconds. Simple recipe but great flavor. Now I just need to get a crock pot.
You definitely need a crock pot – you’re missing out! 😉
such a soul warming dish…love crock pot cooking,absolutely fuss free and the results are always tender and amazing 🙂
I totally agree!
Your pulled pork looks magnificent Ashley! I love cooking with root beer!
Thanks – root beer is awesome to cook with!
Root beer pulled pork sounds SO dreamy! I am in love with pulled pork — in scrambled eggs, on buns, plain– it’s just perfect!
Ahhh I need to try it with scrambled eggs!
Pulled pork is one of my faves! Love that this is cooked in root beer!
Thanks, Laura! It’s one of my faves too!
The flavours in this sound total incredible
This sounds like some very delicious pork 😀
I’ve never thought of adding root beer to my pulled pork, but I can see how it would make it super yummy and sweet! It looks really good.
It’s so good this way! Thanks, Amy!
There is nothing like pulled pork and I love the secret ingredient here! Thank you for sharing Ashley. Can’t wait to try!
Thank you, Monet!!
how cool! This looks incredible (and SUPER tender!)
Interesting recipe. I made pulled pork in the oven sometimes, but never in the crock pot. And never with root beer! Love the idea – thanks.
I’ve never made it in the oven! I should try that sometime.
I love a great pulled pork dish! This looks so yummy. 🙂
Thanks – great pulled pork is hard to beat!
OMG this is so unique. I have never heard of such a thing but I think this flavors complement each other really well especially after marinating in the crock pot for so long. So simple and yet so yummy I am sure!
I wouldn’t have minded the root beer taste, either. I think it would be wonderful if it was evident in the finished pork dish.
I’m glad you agree!
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