Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe (Crockpot Meal)

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dr pepper pulled pork recipe

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Pressure Cooker Recipe

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) instead. It turned out so good.

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is the way to go! 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 ingredients

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Ingredients:

The great thing about this Dr. Pepper pulled pork recipe is that it only uses 4 ingredients!

  • Pork (I used a tenderloin, but you can use whatever cut you want)
  • BBQ Rub or seasoning salt
  • A can of Dr. Pepper; and
  • BBQ Sauce! (if you want to make your own, try this Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce Copycat Recipe)

Pioneer woman pulled pork recipe

Start with the Dry Rub:

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.

Seasoning the dr pepper pulled pork

My pork tenderloin was pretty big so I had to cut it in half to fit in my crockpot.

Fitting the dr pepper pulled pork into the crockpot

Add Dr. Pepper:

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

Cooking dr pepper pulled pork

Slow Cook It:

My meat was a little frozen so I cooked it on high for the first 3 hours then switched it to low. I cooked it for about 8 hours total. Look at how good that looks.

Dr pepper pulled pork pressure cooker

Shred Your Pork:

What I love about the pork tenderloin vs. the pork butt is there is very little fat on it, so I just shredded it in the crockpot and didn’t have to worry about pulling the fat out. I just used my tongs to shred it.

Shredding dr pepper pulled pork

Add BBQ Sauce:

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.

Adding bbq sauce to dr pepper pulled pork pressure cooker

Your Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is Ready to Serve

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!

This recipe pairs perfectly with some baked beans and French fries. When I made this recipe I also made a peach cobbler for dessert. So yummy!

We have been enjoying Dr. Pepper pulled pork 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.

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dr pepper pulled pork

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe (Crockpot Meal)

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Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Yield: 10 cups | Serves: 20


  • 4 pounds pork (tenderloin or roast)
  • 1/3 cup BBQ Rub
  • 1 can of Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce


  1. 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.
  2. Place it in your crock pot.
  3. Pour the can of Dr. Pepper over the pork. You can use whatever kind of cola you like.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours in crock pot.
  5. You can shred your meat in the crock pot or out of it.
  6. Mix the meat all up with the juices in the crock pot.
  7. Now add some BBQ sauce, as little or as much as you would like.
  8. Enjoy.
Ingredients: Pork
Meal Type: Main Dish, Egg Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Sandwiches and Burgers, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Slow Cooker

Comments & Reviews

  • Michele

    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.


  • Cathy of Fabulessly Frugal

    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. 😀

  • Kathy

    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! 🙂

  • Leah Hart

    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.

  • Nancy

    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!

  • Jennifer

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

  • Jade

    I am vegetarian now, but I’ve shared my share of roast recipes! If you want to eliminate the soda, try apple juice!

    It gives it that sweetness with a hint of apple, and tastes 1000× better!

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