Root Beer Pulled Pork

Root Beer Pulled Pork is the best! The mix of root beer and BBQ sauce flavored pork is smashed between two buns and eaten as a sandwich (enjoy with coleslaw on the side or even in your sandwiches)!

root beer pulled pork between two buns

Root Beer Pulled Pork | Slow Cooker Recipe!

Let’s talk about this Root Beer Pulled Pork recipe that can be found in The Recipe Girl Cookbook. Lori {who is Recipe Girl} wrote her cookbook a while ago and only now have I had the chance to look through it all very thoroughly and actually enjoy some of the recipes. I liked this pulled pork so much that I had to post about it!

My husband is a bit of a pulled pork freak. He knows a good pulled pork from a bad one. And this, my friends, is a good one! I think the root beer + BBQ sauce combo is what makes these slow-cooked sandwiches so magical.

Moreover, if you have company coming into town for certain holidays this month or next, this would be a great set-it-and-forget-it easy meal. Slow-cookers to the rescue!

For more yummy recipes, check out Recipegirl.com or purchase her book here.

root beer pulled pork in a glass baking dish

Main Ingredients Needed

You only need 5 ingredients and about 30 minutes of prep time to make this amazing slow cooker root beer pulled pork! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bone-In Pork Butt – also called a pork shoulder (don’t worry it’s a cut from the shoulder, not the booty). I used a 5-6 pound piece of meat, but use what will fit into your crockpot!
  • Onion Soup Mix – this is packaged in an envelope and is an easy way to pack a bunch of flavors into this recipe.
  • Salt + Pepper – don’t forget to season as you go.
  • Root Beer – not only does this provide a sweeter flavor but it also makes things a little sticky, yum! I would absolutely not recommend using diet root beer (you need actual sugar for this recipe).
  • BBQ Sauce – the pork is cooked with BBQ sauce as well as mixing it in near the end for maximum savory flavor. Use whichever BBQ sauce you like best (Sweet Baby Ray’s is a classic).
  • Hamburger Buns – you can use this pulled pork recipe for a variety of things but I like to make sandwiches out f it. Toast your buns for a slight crunch!

How to Make Pulled Pork with Root Beer

For full details on how to make Root Beer Pulled Pork, see the recipe card down below 🙂

1. Prepare Pork + Cook

Rub pork shoulder with onion soup mix, salt, and pepper. Place pork into a slow cooker. Top with root beer and 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or until pork is very tender, falls apart, and shreds easily.

2. Shred with Ingredients

Remove meat from the slow cooker. Pour out and discard all but 3/4 cup juices. Use 2 forks to shred meat, discarding any extra fatty pieces.

3. Add Back to Pot + Warm

Place meat back into the slow cooker with reserved juices. Add remaining BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Cover and heat through 15-20 minutes more. Serve as desired!

close up of pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on it

How to Serve Root Beer Pulled Pork

My favorite way to serve this root beer pulled pork is between two toasted hamburger buns! My kids will gobble this right up. Serve coleslaw either on the side or even in your sandwich. Oh baby the cold crunchy freshness of the coleslaw goes so well with the pulled pork. This is heaven, friends. You can also enjoy it these ways:

two pulled pork sandwiches photographed from the side

Side Dish Ideas!

If coleslaw isn’t your thing or you’re looking for more easy side dishes to have with this meal, I’ve got you covered. Try these out:

one pulled pork sandwich on parchment paper

More Pulled Pork Recipes to Try!

Printable recipe below! Hope you have a better weekend that I will have. Odds are, you will!

two pulled pork sandwiches photographed from the side

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Root Beer Pulled Pork

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This Root Beer Pulled Pork recipe is the best! The mix of root beer and BBQ sauce flavored pork is smashed between two buns and eaten as a sandwich!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword root beer pulled pork
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 495kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 lb bone-in pork shoulder butt roast or 6 lb
  • 1 oz dried onion soup mix 1 envelope
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 oz root beer 1 can
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce divided
  • 10 regular-size hamburger buns

Instructions

  • Rub with onion soup mix, salt and pepper. Place pork butt into slow cooker. Top with root beer and 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or until pork is very tender, falls apart and shreds easily.
  • Remove meat from slow cooker. Pour out and discard all but 3/4 cup juices. Use 2 forks to shred meat, discarding any extra fatty pieces.
  • Place meat back into slow cooker with reserved juices. Add remaining BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Cover and heat through 15-20 minutes more. Serve on warmed hamburger buns with coleslaw, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1388mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4mg

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