Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

Simple recipe to make Root Beer Pulled Pork in your Slow Cooker. This sandwich is packed with big pieces of onions, minced garlic and BBQ sauce. It’s so easy you might even feel guilty eating it. Or not!

Root Beer Pulled Pork | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple recipe to make Root Beer Pulled Pork in your Slow Cooker.

I’m sitting in my living room right now sick as a dog, watching Say Anything as I try to finish some work. I know right, the life of a food blogger seems so glamorous. But some days it’s us vegging out in jammies, curled up with blankies and kleenex trying not to fall asleep while we finish a post. Sounds fun right. I bet you want to be one of us right now.

The upside is there’s usually lots of good food in the house. So leftovers are always on hand when you’re having a bad day. Thank goodness for leftovers. It’s been our saving grace lately.

We’ve had tons going on recently. I realize I’ve been posting a lot less than I normally do. So I figured I’d fill you in a little bit of what’s been happening here. Hubs got offered a new job locally. He’s been working at a great place but it’s 2 hours away. So for the past year he’s been living there part-time, and here part-time. Recently he got offered a job in skilled trades where he used to work. Then in the final hours all heck broke loose and the deal fell through. About a week after that the deal was back on, and he starts on Monday. It’s been a rough couple of weeks dealing with it all. Hopefully we’ve made the right decision.

On top of all of that mini-me has been sick. Not easy while in University, skipping school is not an option. She holed up in my room to study for a night, it’s at the back of the house and super quiet. Needless to say I’m now sick, which tends to hinder the cooking passion. Hence the lack of posts. See, I told you the life of a food blogger is glamorous. Luckily when we do cook we make tons of it. That way we can eat for days and days without having to cook. This is one of those meals.

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
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Simple recipe to make Root Beer Pulled Pork in your Slow Cooker. This sandwich is packed with big pieces of onions, minced garlic and BBQ sauce. It's so easy you might even feel guilty eating it. Or not!
Serves: Tons of pulled pork!
  • 3 to 4 pounds of boneless pork roast
  • 2 cans of root beer
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into large chunky pieces
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, divided (use less if watching your sugar intake)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1½ cups of barbecue sauce (less or more to taste)
  • 1 package of large rolls or hamburger buns
  1. Place the roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour the root beer over top.
  3. Toss in onion chunks, spread them around so they flavour well.
  4. Drop half of the brown sugar in the juice around the pork and mix it up a bit. Then take the other half and spread it all over the top of the roast.
  5. Salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Pop the lid on the slow cooker, cook on low setting for about 6 to 8 hours, depending on your slow cooker. You want the meat to be soft enough to pull apart or "shred"
  7. Once it's cooked you can take it out and set it on a cutting board. Turn off your slow cooker. Now you can cut the pork with a knife, or shred with two forks into bite sized pieces.
  8. Now take a large frying pan, spray it with non stick spray. Heat over medium high heat, then pop the pork in there. Add about ¼ of the juice from the slow cooker, and use a spider or strainer to scoop out as much of the onions as possible. Pop those in the frying pan too. Give it a good stir then add the sauce and minced garlic. Continue to cook it until it's nice and toasty warm.
  9. Scoop oodles of it onto buns.
  10. Serve with a big old pork lovin' smile!
This is a variation of a simple pulled pork I do with club soda. I just swapped out the variety of pop since mini-me came home from the states with tons of cases of Barq's Root Beer. I've also done this with Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper. Apparently we keep way too much pop in the house so I've become addicted to cooking with it, as well as drinking it.
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Serving size: Depends how hungry you are!

Root Beer Pulled Pork | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple recipe to make Root Beer Pulled Pork in your Slow Cooker.

So darn good. We make lots of variations of pulled meats here. It’s just something we all love to eat so we’re always changing things up depending on what ingredients are in the house. I think that’s what I love about pulled meat. You can use what’s on hand, and you can go simple or crazy depending on your mood.

I apologize for the fuzzy photos. We’ve made the realization recently that my eyesight is wildly out of control. When I’m taking them they look perfectly fine. Then I put them up on my laptop and realize they are not quite right. Once we find out what our coverage is for eye glasses I’m going to book an appointment and face the fact that reading glasses are not cutting it any more. Getting old blows.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    I’ve heard of this root beer stuff but I’ve never tried it. It looks amazing! I must give it a go soon.

    Feeling sick is pretty sucky – I hope you are well soon. I’ve been unwell for a few weeks now and I’m bored to tears. If I hear one more, “Go rest!” I’ll scream.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      We need to send you some. It’s divine. Or I need to get you to visit and we can cook root beer themed everything while you’re here.

      It really is sucky. My ears are all wacky today. I’m cooking for a couple of hours then I’m curling up with a blanket and a pile of Brad Pitt movies. Not so shabby Sunday.

  2. says

    Sorry you’ve been sick! That’s no fun – feel better soon. But thanks for taking the time to post this wonderful recipe! I so rarely use my slow cooker – I need to start. And I just happen to have some pork roast in the house at the moment. Hmmm . . . 😉 Good stuff – thanks.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks John. I blame the hooligan. She just had to veg in mom’s room. I should have said no but I’m such a sucker.

      I have like 5 slow cookers. I mentioned I wanted one and got 5 for Christmas one year. It was hilarious. I gave one to B-dude but still have 4. Different sizes and they all cook a little different. Sadly I want a new one. That ninja one that browns is on my “to buy” list. Cuz 5 isn’t enough. Ha.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      So true right. Today I’m grilling, in the rain. It’s sure to lead to a trip to emerg. But I’m bored. And want to grill. Lol!

  3. says

    So sorry you are not feeling well. I think you need a box of turtles!

    OMG, the root beer sounds amazing with the pork. I know this will be a total shocker but I have not yet purchased my slow cooker because I had to buy a new printer instead. Since I do not think I can cook this in my printer, any ideas how I can get the same result cooking this in my oven?

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Betsy. I know right. It would totally cure me.

      It is so good. So is Dr Pepper, Coke or Pepsi. Something about it just brings out the flavour of the pork.

      I hear you, we make swaps like that all the time with need vs want. You gotta do what you gotta do. You can get the same result in the oven, just go low and slow. I do them in the oven in the winter cuz I love how it warms up my house. Canuck winters are brutal so you do what you can to boost the warmth.

      Do you have a dutch oven? They work beautifully for things like pulled pork.

  4. Anonymous says

    I used to work in NYC which was only an hour commute when I lived in one of the outer boroughs but then I moved to the northern suburbs and it became a 2 hour commute. I did that for 4 years but since I was on Metro North, I got to sleep a little. Good luck with your hubby’s new job.
    Love the recipe.

  5. says

    Aw, hope you and K both feel better soon. And hope the hubby’s new job goes well. I always have tons of desserts in my freezer…wish I had dinner in there for tonight!!! Heading back to Denver tomorrow…hoping to break my dad out of the hospital this week. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Girl do it. This stuff was amazing. I think the key is good pork, two cans instead of one, and heaps of sauce. But I have to say I ate one plain while the sauce batch simmered and it was moist as heck. I grew up with my mom pouring soda over ham all the time. She always used clear soda but I flipping hate clear liquids. Ha.

  6. says

    Looks delish! I would probably sprinkle some dill on it too! I doubt its your eye sight…i’m a photographer and everything usually looks and clear on the display on your camera, but when it gets on computer its not so clear……gotta get that focus down good!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Amber. It is actually my eyesight. When I set it up it looks fine. I can’t seem to master wearing glasses while taking photos so I may invest in contacts. My eyesight has to gone to hell in a hand-basket in the past 6 months to year. I can’t read cookbooks or texts any more either. They’re doing some tests to see if I have some degenerative thing. Not a happy camper. I used to have 20/20 peepers so it’s wildly depressing.

  7. Claire says

    THANK YOU! This was delicious and is definitely my new ‘go-to’ recipe for pulled pork. Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Hey Claire, thanks so much for popping by to let me know. I love hearing people like the recipes. It makes me grin from ear to ear. Look for new slow cooker recipes coming every Saturday over the winter. I’ll be kicking off Slow Cooker Saturdays next week.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment. Makes me super happy. xx

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