Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork {Crockpot Meal}

July 19, 2012 11 Comments | Disclosure

When I’m not crafting I LOVE to cook. I am always trolling blogs and Pinterest for new recipes. I saw one for pulled pork with diet Pepsi {nasty!} and thought I’d try it with Dr. Pepper {the nectar of the Gods}. It turned out so good. We had some friends over for dinner and they loved it! It makes a ton and we had plenty of leftovers.

dr pepper pulled pork


The great thing about this recipe is it is only 4 ingredients!

dp pulled pork ingred

Pork {I used a tenderloin, but you can use what ever cut you want}

BBQ Rub or seasoning salt

A can of Dr. Pepper

BBQ Sauce


Sprinkle the BBQ rub liberally all over the pork and rub it in. You can do this the night before and it makes it even better. I just did it right before I put it in the crockpot.


I had to cut mine in half to fit in my crockpot.



Place it in your crock pot


Pour the can of Dr. Pepper over the pork. You can use whatever kind of cola you like, I think Dr. Pepper is the best so that is what I use.


My meat was a little frozen so I cooked it on high for for the first 3 hours then switched it to low


I cooked it for about 8 hours total. Look at how good that looks.


What I love about the pork tenderloin vs. the pork butt is there is very little fat on it, I just shredded it in the crock pot and didn’t have to worry about pulling the fat out.


I just used my tongs to shred it


doesn’t that look good?!! Mix it all up with the juices in the crockpot.


Now add some BBQ sauce, about 1 bottle is good, if you want it less saucy do less.


I like my pulled pork on a bun. In the south we serve our BBQ sandwiches with coleslaw on top of the sandwich, try it and you will LOVE IT! It pairs perfectly with some baked beans and French fries. I made a peach cobble for dessert (I’ll share the recipe with you another time).

dr pepper pulled pork


We have been enjoying the leftovers all week. It is great on top of a baked potato or you can make a BBQ pizza with pulled pork on top {heavenly}. My tenderloin was almost 5 pounds and I ended up freezing half of it for next month.


  1. Michele says:

    Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond did a recipe real similar on her Food Network Show and it was SOOO easy and SOOO good! Just a few ingredients too including Dr. Pepper. I loved it because you just toss the few ingredients into a dutch oven, turn the oven on and that’s it! Yummy Dinner is on! She paired it w/ potatoes au gratin that were easy & D-lish too. I’ll attach the link because it SHOULD be shared it’s so good.


  2. That looks amazing Marji! I love the leftover ideas too! Did you make your own coleslaw? I’ve never been a fan I’ll admit. Maybe I need to try yours. 😀

    • the coleslaw is easy, by a bag of shredded cabbage and bottle of coleslaw dressing and mix it up 🙂

      • Is there a specific brand of coleslaw dressing that you suggest? Thanks!

        • My favorite is Hidden Valley Ranch coleslaw dressing.

        • Michele Palmer says:

          I think just mayo, lemon juice, and sprinkle of sugar beats jarred dressing any day. It sounds so plain…but I’m telling you it’s yummy. Just go super light on the mayo because it’s hard to turn back if you get too much.

  3. I saw that recipe on Pinterest as well, which prompted me to search for a similar recipe with Dr Pepper. I don’t know why on earth anyone would use Diet Pepsi. Definitely excited to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  4. I am making this right now!!! =) The only thing I did differently was…..I drank a Dr.Pepper while making it. I just couldn’t help it.

  5. Looks great! Can’t wait to try it. Thought I should mention that you are using a pork loin, not a tenderloin. A tenderloin would be much smaller and much much more expensive.
    I’m going to try this recipe this weekend, thanks!

  6. Did you freeze it after you put the BBQ sauce? I noticed you used Sweet Baby Ray’s, can I use something else?

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