This Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork is easy to make and always gets rave reviews. It's packed with onions, minced garlic and BBQ sauce.
I'm a sucker for a tasty slow cooker root beer pulled pork and this one delivers maximum flavour with minimal effort!
So, I'm 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.
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.
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 the deal fell through.
About a week after that the deal was back on. No he starts on Monday. It's been a rough couple of weeks dealing with it all.
And on top of all of that mini-me has been sick. Not easy while in University. Clearly, skipping school is not an option. She holed up in my room to study for a night since that room is quiet.
Needless to say I'm now sick, which tends to hinder the cooking passion. Hence the lack of posts.
I told you the life of a food blogger is glamorous. Luckily when we do cook we make tons of it.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork:
- Onion Strings
- Quick and Easy Garlic Fries
- Shallot Rings
- Fried Smashed Potatoes with Onions and Meyer Lemon Dressing
- Spicy Oven Fries
- Aerosmith Potatoes with Meyer Lemon and Garlic Salt
- Lemon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
- Bow Tie Pasta Salad
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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
- 4 lbs boneless pork roast
- 12 oz root beer
- 1 large sweet onion cut into large chunky pieces
- 1 cup dark brown sugar divided
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce more or less, to taste
- 12 buns
- Place the roast in the slow cooker.
- Pour the root beer over top.
- Toss in onion chunks, spread them around so they flavour well.
- 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.
- Salt and pepper as desired.
- 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"
- 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.
- 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.
- Scoop oodles of it onto buns.
- Serve with a big old pork lovin' smile!
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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice recipe. Thank you.
Thanks Liz. xx
Emily @ Life on Food
Slow cookers are my best friend when sick. Even better when the husband gets it going. I hope you are feeling better soon!
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!
awesome recipe! Thank you!
Thanks so much Anne.
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?
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.
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.
Root Beer and Pork? Love this 😀
My brother would fall in love with it!
I'm sorry you are sick and hope it passes quickly. Congratulations to your husband for the new job. That's a great looking sandwich though I probably couldn't eat it - such a shame.
This would be a hit with the family... gotta love the versatility of a root beer!
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
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
So I made root beer pulled pork once and I felt like it was super dry. I will also have to try adding BBQ sauce next time. I hope you feel better soon!
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.
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!
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.
Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking
I said I will not eat after 6 but looking at your juicy pics, man I need something meaty now LOL! It looks amazing!!!
THANK YOU! This was delicious and is definitely my new 'go-to' recipe for pulled pork. Thank you thank you thank you!
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
I'm gearing up to make this for a 4th of July BBQ and can't WAIT. This looks awesome!
How many will this recipe serve approximately?
Hi Amy. It should serve 6 to 8, if you're serving sides with it.
Will this work with a pork tenderloin? It looks so yummy!
Hi Jude. Pork tenderloin doesn't have a high fat content so it won't be as yummy. You can try but it will be leaner and might be a bit harder to pull apart.