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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

5 from 110 votes
Published on 02/16/2024 by Umamiology
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This crock pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork is tender, juicy and moist. It’s irresistible, with the rich essence of slow-cooked pork and the sweet tang of Dr Pepper soda, and with less than 10 minutes of prep, this recipe will have you eating this delicious meal with very little effort.

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When you’re diving into the world of flavors like we do on this blog, you stumble upon some pretty unexpected stuff. Case in point: Dr Pepper and pork. I mean, who would’ve thought this would be a good combination?

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But trust me, it’s a game-changer. This Dr Pepper barbecue pulled pork adds the unique flavor of Dr Pepper to the pork shoulder, that turns this into the most mouthwatering pulled pork you’ve ever tasted. Intrigued? Let me walk you through how to make it happen.

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Slow Cooking Pulled Pork

Whether you’re a fan of Dr Pepper pulled pork in crock pot or other crock pot braised creations, this dish promises a taste sensation that’s hard to resist.

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This bbq Dr Pepper pulled pork, is made fall-apart tender through the long slow cooking process. And with its special Dr Pepper barbecue sauce, it’ll be one of the most tangy, juicy and sticky pulled pork recipes you’ll ever encounter.

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Importance of Dr Pepper In This Recipe

The reason Dr Pepper works so well in this recipe is due to its blend of 23 proprietary flavors. It results in a sweet taste resembling vanilla, cherry, caramel and raisins mixed together.

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In this recipe, it not only gives the pork shoulder that slight hint of Dr Pepper taste, but it also serves as the stewing liquid to make the meat immensely tender.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Pork Butt Roast: Nice piece of pork shoulder with even marbling
  • Dr Pepper: Delicious soft drink with subtle touches of warmth, caramel and a hint of vanilla.
  • Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce: The savory finish to our pulled pork (check out the recipe link)

The Ingredients for Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

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  • Braised Pork Butt
    • Pork Butt Roast
    • 2 tablespoon Salt
    • 2 tablespoon Black Pepper
    • 2 cans Dr Pepper
    • 1 Onion (thinly sliced)
    • 2 Oranges (thinly sliced)
    • 5 Garlic Cloves (thinly sliced)
  • Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce
    • 1 can Dr Pepper
    • 1 cup Ketchup
    • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
    • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
    • 3 teaspoon Black Pepper
    • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
    • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
    • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
    • 6 oz Tomato Paste
    • 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard

The Equipment Needed

Season Your Pork Butt

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Start by trimming off any large, hard pieces of fat and/or silver skin on your pork butt. Use a sharp carving knife like this Cutluxe Quality Carving Knife.

Then liberally season all sides of the meat with salt & black pepper.

Slow Cook In Your Crock Pot

Thinly slice one whole orange and use them to line the bottom of your crock pot.

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Afterwards, slice one whole yellow onion into thin slices and layer that on top of the orange slices inside of the crock pot.

Follow that up by shaving 5 garlic cloves and tossing them into the crock pot.

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Then gently place your seasoned pork shoulder into the crock pot on top of the aromatics and then pour in the 2 cans of Dr Pepper, on top of the pork meat.

Turn on your crockpot on low – and slow cook the pork butt for 10 hours.

Pro Tip: Start this recipe the evening before, and let it run all night, so that you can wake up to your pork shoulder being almost ready to eat.

Craft Your Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

In this Dr Pepper Pulled Pork recipe, we’ll be utilizing my Dr Pepper BBQ sauce. Make sure you go and make that recipe – and then come back here to finish this pulled pork.

In a sauce pan over low heat, combine all of the Dr Pepper BBQ sauce ingredients and let it simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes.

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The sauce should start to thicken and darken in color slightly.

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Add more sugar or seasonings to taste, if needed – then remove from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

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Putting It All Together

When your pork butt is done braising in the crock pot, remove the meat and place it on a large baking tray.

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Using your hands (or 2 forks) shred the meat to your desired level of consistency.

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Pro Tip: Add in small spoonfuls of your braising liquid as you are shredding the meat, to keep it from drying out.

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Afterwards, pour your Dr Pepper BBQ sauce onto your pulled pork meat and give everything a good toss.

Serving Your Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

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This delicious pulled pork meat is best served on slider buns with coleslaw, in between corn or flour tortillas or on top of mac and cheese. Enjoy!

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Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

5 from 110 votes
This crock pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork is tender, juicy and moist. It's irresistible, with the rich essence of slow-cooked pork and the sweet tang of Dr Pepper soda, and with less than 10 minutes of prep, this recipe will have you eating this delicious meal with very little effort.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
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Ingredients 

Braised Pork Butt

  • 8 lbs Pork Butt, (pork shoulder, bone in)
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 2 cans Dr Pepper
  • 1 Onion, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 Orange, (thinly sliced)
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, (thinly sliced)

Instructions 

Season Your Pork Butt

  • Start by trimming off any large, hard pieces of fat and/or silver skin on your pork butt. Use a sharp carving knife like this Cutluxe Quality Carving Knife.
  • Then liberally season all sides of the meat with salt & black pepper.

Slow Cook In Your Crock Pot

  • Thinly slice one whole orange and use them to line the bottom of your crock pot.
  • Afterwards, slice one whole yellow onion into thin slices and layer that on top of the orange slices inside of the crock pot.
  • Follow that up by shaving 5 garlic cloves and tossing them into the crock pot.
  • Then gently place your seasoned pork shoulder into the crock pot on top of the aromatics and then pour in the 2 cans of Dr Pepper, on top of the pork meat.
  • Turn on your crockpot on low – and slow cook the pork butt for 10 hours.
  • Pro Tip: Start this recipe the evening before, and let it run all night, so that you can wake up to your pork shoulder being almost ready to eat.

Craft Your Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

  • In this Dr Pepper Pulled Pork recipe, we'll be utilizing my Dr Pepper BBQ sauce. Make sure you go and make that recipe – and then come back here to finish this pulled pork.
  • In a sauce pan over low heat, combine all of the Dr Pepper BBQ sauce ingredients and let it simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  • The sauce should start to thicken and darken in color slightly.
  • Add more sugar or seasonings to taste, if needed – then remove from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

Putting It All Together

  • When your pork butt is done braising in the crock pot, remove the meat and place it on a large baking tray.
  • Using your hands (or 2 forks) shred the meat to your desired level of consistency.
  • Pro Tip: Add in small spoonfuls of your braising liquid as you are shredding the meat, to keep it from drying out.
  • Afterwards, pour your Dr Pepper BBQ sauce onto your pulled pork meat and give everything a good toss.

Serving Your Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

  • This delicious pulled pork meat is best served on slider buns with coleslaw, in between corn or flour tortillas or on top of mac and cheese. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 654kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 85gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 3800mgPotassium: 1596mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 6mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

Why is Dr Pepper good in pulled pork?

This delicious soft drink, with its subtle touches of warmth, caramel and a hint of vanilla – not only gives the pork shoulder that slight hint of Dr Pepper taste, but it also serves as the stewing liquid to make the meat immensely tender.

Can I use Coke instead of Dr Pepper for pulled pork?

Absolutely, any dark soda will do. But if you don’t have Dr Pepper, Cherry Coke is the next best option – trust me, you’ll notice a delicious difference.

What is the best way to serve pulled pork?

This delicious pulled pork meat is best served on slider buns with coleslaw, in between corn or flour tortillas or on top of mac and cheese.

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