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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Slow Cooker

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Slow Cooker style is the best. We will also share how to cook pork in the oven, in a smoker or in your pressure cooker too if you like. Here are tips on how to make pork fork tender for sliders for dinner.

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Slow Cooker

Do you love Dr Pepper shredded pork, but want to know about cooking pulled pork yourself right at home?? Well let’s compare every method and tell you how they differ, and which way we like best. (affiliate links present)

Best Pulled Pork Recipes

We will start with discussing Pork Butt in Instant Pot cooked with homemade sauces. Whether you use bottled or make your own you want something that will coat every single piece well.

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I will start with saying they are both incredible but VERY different in the amount of cook time! Pork butt or shoulder in a pressure cooker takes about 60 minutes depending on how thick it is vs. 7-8 hours.

If you want it plain without sauce I’d recommend using a dry rub in your smoker or use this Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe for a fraction of the time. Cooked using high heat it’s the quickest cook time.

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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Slow Cooker

If we had to choose our best and least prep method it would be this Crockpot recipe here. I will explain step by step below and you will see.

How to Cook Pulled Pork

Low temperatures for a LONG time is generally the best method, until the pressure cooker came along. With that said if you do have an electric smoker or pellet grill you MUST try smoked pork as well as our Boston Butt in Oven and decide for yourself. If you ask me what is the best way to cook pork I would first ask you what you want to make. 

Recipes using pulled pork

  1. Sliders
  2. Tender juicy shredded pork alone with barbecue sauce on top served with side dishes
  3. Soft tacos 
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What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

Most people would say a pork shoulder. I have used a center cut pork loin that was boneless before (seen below) and in the Instant Pot I would say it was my favorite. Boneless pork roast can be used as well.

It has a tangy sweet homemade barbecue type sauce that’s like no other. Using pineapple juice and tidbits as well for extra sweetness and some texture, “it’s unbelievable” says the reviews. Tip: you’ll need to know how to deglaze your Instant Pot to use this method properly.

hawaiian pulled pork

Does pork tenderloin work for pulled pork?

Typically that cut of meat is not used for this, however in a slow cooker it does work.

Can you overcook pulled pork in a slow cooker?

  • It’s pretty hard to do, however if it is in too long it may get mushy and not the texture you desire. Keep an eye on it once it is fall apart tender and if you aren’t ready to eat just move it to the warm setting.
  • This has never happened when making dutch oven pork, you should try that.

Pulled pork in a Crock pot

Remove the pork when done and falling apart, then shred the meat and serve as you wish.

crockpot pulled pork

What do I serve with pulled pork?

That is totally up to you but if you want to have a ton of options and need some side dish suggestions, here are a few: We usually use mini hamburger buns to make them into pulled pork sandwiches with these items as add ons to the meal.

  1. Cornbread
  2. Small flour tortillas
  3. Hamburger or slider buns
  4. Pickles
    1. air fried fried pickles are incredible
  5. Cole slaw
  6. Salad
  7. Potatoes
    1. crockpot baked potatoes
    2. air fryer baked potatoes
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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Slow Cooker

Cooking Dr Pepper pulled pork slow cooker style is here. Will share instructions in a pressure cooker or in the oven too with bbq sauce or just broth.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, dr pepper, how to cook, pulled pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Servings 6
Calories 811kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Mix seasonings together and coat outside of meat all over. Add sliced onion to bottom of pot with half your can of soda on bottom. Place meat on top with rest of soda poured over the top of it.
  • Close lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat pulls apart with 2 forks easily.
  • Shred meat right in the pot and pour bbq sauce over the top. Use tongs to stir and coat every single piece well. If you need more sauce add to your liking, serve with buns.
Nutrition Facts
Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Slow Cooker
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 811 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 1921mg84%
Potassium 1022mg29%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 54g108%
Vitamin A 477IU10%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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