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Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that’s perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.

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Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that's perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  1. It’s inexpensive! This is made with a pork shoulder and especially around this time of year with Memorial Day and 4th of July, cuts of meat like this go on sale.
  2. It feeds a lot! This recipe uses a 4-5 pound pork should which can make more than 10 servings. It’s great for a party or for leftovers to feed your family a couple of days.
  3. Simple ingredients you probably you probably already have on hand; root beer, onion soup mix, and BBQ sauce.
  4. So easy! Just dump and bake! This recipe is hands off, just let the crock pot do its job and you are free to do what you need to do. You don’t even have to sear the meat! (you can definitely sear the pork if you want, but there’s really no need)
  5. Delicious! This pork cooks low and slow for 10 hours, resulting in a super juicy, fall apart meat.

If you like shredded pork, you’ve got to try Crock Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken and Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches!

What you’ll need

Slow Cooker– at least 7 quarts, the bigger the better
Packet of dry onion soup mix
One can of your favorite root beer 
BBQ sauce – your favorite
4-5 pound pork shoulder- also known as a pork butt, bone-in or boneless. I’m using a bone-in, but use what you find at your store

How to make it

Place the pork shoulder into a 7-8 quart crock pot. Sprinkle the onion soup mix on all sides of the pork and press the soup mix into the meat.

Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that's perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.

In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and the root beer. Pour the sauce all over the pork.

Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that's perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.

Put the lid on and cook on low for 10 hours.

When the pork is finished cooking, shred it using 2 forks or meat claws.

Pour in the remaining bbq sauce and mix together.

Serve pulled pork on sandwich buns with coleslaw for delicious pulled pork sandwiches. 

We also love it in tacos!

Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that's perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.

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Tips and Tricks

  1. How to reheat leftovers?
    • Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.
  2. How to store leftovers?
    • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container up to 4 days.
  3. Can I cook this on high?
    • While you can cook the pork on high, it really is best to cook it on low for a long period of time to get the most tender and juicy meat. If you want to bump up the cooking process, cook on high for 5 hours.
  4. What else can I do with pulled pork?
    • So many options for pulled pork other than sandwiches! BBQ pulled pork is delicious over nachos, on sliders (especially Cuban sliders!), on a BBQ pulled pork pizza, topped on macaroni and cheese, or even over a baked potato or French fries.
  5. Can I freeze this?
    • Yes! Let the pork cool completely and place in a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze up to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before reheating or place the frozen pork in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F until warmed throughout (about 1 hour).
  6. Can I substitute the root beer?
    • Instead of root beer you can use Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper. Do not use a diet soda.
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Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that's perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Steph Gigliotti
Just 4 simple pantry ingredients to a juicy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork that's perfect to feed a crowd or just an easy, hands off dinner.
4 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner, holidays, Lunch
Servings 12 servings
Calories 237 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ounce packet dry onion soup mix
  • 12 ounce can root beer
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce your favorite
  • 4-5 pound pork shoulder (AKA pork butt) bone-in or boneless
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Instructions
 

  • Place the pork shoulder into a 7-8 quart crock pot. Sprinkle the onion soup mix on all sides of the pork and press the soup mix into the meat.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and the root beer. Pour the sauce all over the pork.
  • Put the lid on and cook on low for 10 hours.
  • When the pork is finished cooking, shred it using 2 forks or meat claws.
  • Pour in the remaining BBQ sauce and mix together.
  • Serve pulled pork on sandwich buns with coleslaw for delicious pulled pork sandwiches.

Notes

  1. How to reheat leftovers?
    • Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.
  2. How to store leftovers?
    • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container up to 4 days.
  3. Can I cook this on high?
    • While you can cook the pork on high, it really is best to cook it on low for a long period of time to get the most tender and juicy meat. If you want to bump up the cooking process, cook on high for 5 hours.
  4. What else can I do with pulled pork?
    • So many options for pulled pork other than sandwiches! BBQ pulled pork is delicious over nachos, on sliders (especially Cuban sliders!), on a BBQ pulled pork pizza, topped on macaroni and cheese, or even over a baked potato or French fries.
  5. Can I freeze this?
    • Yes! Let the pork cool completely and place in a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze up to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before reheating or place the frozen pork in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F until warmed throughout (about 1 hour).
  6. Can I substitute the root beer?
    • Instead of root beer you can use Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper. Do not use a diet soda.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 19gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 754mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 113IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 4th of July, crock pot, feeds a crowd, pulled pork, slow cooker
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love making pulled pork like this! How do you make your coleslaw? Thanks!

    1. So happy to hear! Thank you for sharing. I take the easy way out and just mix a premade bag of coleslaw together with Marzetti Slaw Dressing. 🙂

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