Recipe: 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

updated May 1, 2019
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

This three-ingredient slow cooker root beer pulled pork will totally convince you to give this Southern combination a try.

Serves10 to 12

Prep10 minutes

Cook8 hours to 10 hours

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Pork plus cola is a Southern phenomenon. I certainly never experienced it growing up on the West coast, but I have had my fill in the decade I lived in the South. Super sweet and just a bit acidic, cola is the perfect counterpart to rich, fatty pork shoulder. Here’s a secret, too: You can put a pork shoulder in the slow cooker with just a single bottle of cola — here, we’re using aromatic root beer — to create the easiest pulled pork that works brilliantly in sandwiches or served with rice and tangy slaws.

This three-ingredient slow cooker root beer pulled pork will totally convince you to give this Southern combination a try.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

While you’ll finish this dish with a bottle of barbecue sauce, the whole cooking endeavor begins with just the pork, salt, and root beer. The flavor of the root beer doesn’t overwhelm the dish (in fact, it takes a back seat) to the pork, its fat, and the juices that cook out and braise the pork during its long cook in the slow cooker.

When the pork is tender, stir in some barbecue sauce if you plan on making sandwiches. Keep the pork plain if you want to fold it into tortillas or save for other dishes.

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

This three-ingredient slow cooker root beer pulled pork will totally convince you to give this Southern combination a try.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 8 hours to 10 hours

Serves 10 to 12

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 pounds

    boneless pork sholder

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle or can

    root beer

  • 1 (16-ounce) jar

    barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Season the shoulder on all sides with the salt and place in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker — if your shoulder has a decent fat cap, place it fat-side up. Pour the root beer over the pork. Cover and cook on the LOW setting until the pork is tender and shreds easily with tongs, 8 to 10 hours. The juices and fat from the pork will render, creating liquid around the pork.

  2. Transfer the pork to a clean cutting board or large bowl. Shred with 2 forks, discarding any fat or connective tissue. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker. Add the barbecue sauce and stir to coat the pork. Reduce the heat to the LOW or WARM setting for serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

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