Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Recipes | Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

slow cooker BBQ Pork Recipes

My husband and sons have a “thing” for barbecue sauce. It’s a more common condiment in our house than ketchup! They all love when I can find new slow cooker BBQ pork recipes and this one is just so simple!

Actually – the whole purpose of using my crockpot is for the simplicity!  I just love the “set it and forget it” part of crockpot cooking.  I use it for everything from my Chicken Noodle Soup recipe to my easy recipe for chili to my Crockpot Apple Crisp – and even a crockpot Breakfast casserole recipe!

I don’t know who came up with the idea of using soda when making slow cooker BBQ pulled pork recipes, but it really does flavor the pork well (and you really CAN taste the difference, depending on what soda you use!). I have made it with Coke/Pepsi, Sprite (wasn’t a fan) and now with Dr. Pepper. My son wants to see what it will taste like with Mountain Dew (his favorite), but that just seems gross to me. Maybe if I tried using Code Red? That might give it a slight cherry flavor?

Hennyway, this recipe uses Dr. Pepper and I would be happy with just the pork after it has been shredded, but like I said, my family is nuts for barbecue sauce, so we have to add that for them! In my house, there is no substitution for Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. I have tried making a copycat version of it, but have yet to be successful (although I will keep trying!)

To make it, you will need:

slow cooker bbq pork recipes ingredients

3-4 lb Pork Loin Roast, trimmed of all visible fat
a good Pork Rub or your favorite seasonings
12 oz can Dr Pepper
Barbecue Sauce (we prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s)

Making it is super easy!

pork loin in crockpot

Just season your pork loin on all sides with your rub. You will want to really massage the rub in to the meat. Place the pork loin in your slow cooker and pour in the can of Dr. Pepper and set it to low.

slow cooker bbq pork recipes shredded

After about 10 hours, your pork loin should be falling apart! Remove all the meat to a bowl. Pour out most of the liquid from the crockpot. Shred the pork and return it to you crockpot with the barbecue sauce and cook until heated through!

Scroll down for complete directions!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Recipes | Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
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  • 3-4 lb Pork Loin Roast, trimmed of all visible fat
  • a good Pork Rub or your favorite seasonings
  • 12 oz can Dr Pepper
  • Barbecue Sauce (we prefer Sweet Baby Ray's)
  1. Season pork with your rub on all sides. Make sure to really massage the rub in to the meat!
  2. Place pork in slow cooker and pour in Dr Pepper.
  3. Cook on low 10-12 hours (or High for 7-8 hours.)
  4. Remove pork and drain most of the liquid from the crockpot.
  5. Return pork the to your crockpot and, using 2 forks, shred the meat.
  6. Add barbecue sauce to taste (I will usually use the entire bottle!)
  7. Stir well and cook on low for a few minutes until barbecue sauce is heated through (it son't take long - maybe 30 minutes)
  8. Reduce temp to warm for serving.
  9. Serve on buns with cole slaw on the sandwich or on the side (optional)
You can change up the flavor of the pork by changing the soda that you use. Try it with Coke or Pepsi!


  1. Carrie says

    This recipe looks delicious. I have seen a recipe floating online for Apple Dumplings made with Mountain Dew. I have not tried it yet but as I have a few Mountain Dew fans in my family,I am sure I will try it someday.

    • Mindi Cherry says

      My husband and oldest son are HUGE Mountain Dew fans. I can’t stand the stuff, but now you have me wanting to look for an Apple Dumpling recipe made with Mountain Dew :)

  2. Kristie says

    Looks delicious and can’t wait to try!!! Have you tried a Sundrop Pound cake? It is so good and you could substitute Mountain Dew for the Sundrop:)

  3. Ashley says

    I have this in the crockpot right now. It smells like heaven in my house! Lol. I actually put the rub on last night and let it set in the fridge over night (about 8 hours) and then put it in the crockpot with the dr pepper about 11 hours ago. I’m not sure if it makes a difference in the taste, but the pork is super yummy!

    • Mindi Cherry says

      Oh – I will have to try it with the rub the night before! Thanks for the idea!

  4. Gail says

    I want to make this for a Fourth of July picnic. Just wondering if you have ever made it in an Nesco because I have about 20 pounds of pork I need to cook for the picnic. If so what temperature do you recommend cooking it at, and how long?

    • Mindi Cherry says

      Hey Gail! I don’t own a Nesco and have never used one, but I would think that you want to use a setting of about 250 – 275F (which is what I would do if I were making it in the oven). Please keep in mind that, in order to make sure that the bacteria that is in all meats is killed, it is important that your cooked meat reach a minimum temperature of about 160F

    • Mindi Cherry says

      I’ve only cooked or eaten venison once in my life and I remember it being a little more “gamey” than pork….but I would certainly give it a try!