Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

If you love pulled pork, then you have to try this Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork. Root beer and your favorite BBQ sauce combine to create super tender pulled pork with a sauce that’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before.

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This slow cooker root beer pulled pork is going to be the hit of your next BBQ and you won’t have to heat up the kitchen with the oven! 

Pork slow cooks until falling apart in a sauce of root beer and BBQ sauce with a few seasonings.  This is so delicious and perfect piled high on soft buns with coleslaw. 

We understand if you’re on the fence about this recipe. We were, too, when it was first introduced to us. We’ll try anything, though, so we made a batch of this pulled pork, and it’s been one of our favorite recipes ever since!

shredded pork in a slow cooker liner topped with bbq sauce

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes 6 ingredients to make.
  • It’s an incredibly simple slow cooker recipe.
  • The pulled pork is super tender and the sauce is tangy and zippy.


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This recipe only takes a pork roast, BBQ sauce, root beer, and a few spices. That’s it! Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.

  • Boneless pork shoulder roast
  • Root beer
  • BBQ sauce
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Smoked paprika

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

This is probably the easiest pulled pork recipe you’ll ever make. It takes 10 minutes of prep, then you just have to wait!

pork roast, seasoning, bbq sauce, and root beer in a slow cooker

Step 1: Combine the Ingredients

Add the shoulder roast to the slow cooker. Then, cover it with the seasonings. After that, pour in the root beer and half the bottle of BBQ sauce into the slow cooker.

Step 2: Cook

Close the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or until the meat is falling apart.

shredded pork in a slow cooker liner topped with bbq sauce

Step 3: Finish

Discard any fat from the pork and shred it with two forks or shredding claws. Add the rest of the BBQ sauce, stir, and enjoy on buns.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Spicy – Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • BBQ Sauce – Use any variety of BBQ sauce you like.
  • Pork Roast – Make this with beef roast or chicken breasts, just adjust your cooking time accordingly.

For more easy, delicious BBQ, check out our other slow cooker pulled pork recipe.

pulled pork on a wooden spoon held in the air above a slow cooker

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Slow cooker
  • Forks or shredding claws

🥫 Storage

Store this pulled pork for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • De-fat and shred your pork while it’s as hot as safely possible. Hot meat shreds much more easily than cool meat.
  • Leave the fat on until the meat is cooked. It helps keep it super moist and tender.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is pulled pork?

Pulled pork is an American BBQ dish that originated in the south. It’s typically made with a shoulder roast slow-cooked over wood. It can also be made indoors with a crock pot or in the oven.

Can you overcook pulled pork in a slow cooker?

It’s almost impossible to do it, but it can be done. If you cook your pork without enough liquid, it can overcook and get tough.

Is it better to cook pulled pork on the grill or in a slow cooker?

That’s largely a matter of personal preference. Each method works very well but yields different flavors.

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

Slow cooker root beer pulled pork combines root beer and BBQ sauce to create the most tender, flavorful pulled pork you've ever had.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 408kcal


  • slow cooker
  • two forks


  • 3-4 pound boneless pork shoulder butt roast
  • 12 ounces root beer
  • 18 ounces bbq sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups Coleslaw for topping optional
  • 12 Buns


  • Place the pork into the slow cooker.
  • Cover the pork roast with the seasonings.
  • Pour the root beer into the slow cooker.
  • Pour half of the bottle of bbq sauce over the pork.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the meat is falling apart.
  • Discard any fat from the pork.
  • Shred the pork.
  • Add the rest of the bbq sauce and stir to combine.
  • Serve!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 12mg

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