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Slow Cooker 3 Ingredient Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe

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Are you ready for a super easy and oh-so-good slow cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe?  You can’t beat this one! It’s made in the crockpot and could not be any easier.

All you have to do is toss 3 ingredients into the crockpot, walk away for 8 to 10 hours. The results are an amazingly delicious BBQ Pulled Pork!

Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe in the slow cooker

3 Ingredient Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe {In the Slow Cooker}

When it comes to pulled pork, low and slow is the way you want to cook your pork.  And that’s why a slow cooker is the perfect kitchen appliance for making pulled pork. 

The good news is, this recipe is almost impossible to mess up!

This BBQ Pulled Pork is made with only 3 ingredients and doesn’t require pre-searing.  Eight or so hours on low and your friends and family will be happy little campers, I promise!

Dr Pepper Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe

What is the Best Cut of Meat for Pulled Pork?

For the best pulled pork, you want to start with the right cut of meat.

Look for a pork shoulder first, or then a large pork sirloin or loin (not tenderloin) if you don’t see either of these, then a “Boston Butt” will work as well.

I prefer the shoulder or loin for when I am doing a BBQ Pulled Pork as it has a bit less fat.

I like the Boston Butt for recipes without barbeque sauce. (The Boston Butt cut comes from above the shoulder and has lots of good fat for when you are using less liquid (like this Beer Marinated Pulled Pork.) 

If you use a Boston Butt, you might want to spoon off some of the extra fat from the cooking liquid before shredding.

Ingredients in this BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

The 3 super secret ingredients you use in this Crock-Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork recipe?

3 ingredient pulled pork in the crock pot

That’s right!  

Yep, just those three little ingredients.

And before you ask… 

  • Yes, you can use Root Beer or other dark soda. 
  • And yes, diet soda will work too. 

It’s the sweet flavor of the soda that cooks down and complements the pork and barbeque sauce that makes this recipe so great.

Slow Cooker Tip:

Have you tried these slow cooker liners yet?  They are so awesome- makes for a 5 second clean up, I promise. 

Add them to your next Amazon order here or look for them in the plastic wrap/sandwich bag section of your local grocery store.

How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

You will love how easy this recipe is to make.  

No sautéing, no searing, just place your pork in the slow cooker and “dump” in the soda and BBQ sauce. 

Set your slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours and go on about your day. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for the printable recipe.)

When the pork is finished cooking, you will remove the pork from the slow cooker and place into a large bowl.  Let the pork rest about 10 minutes and then shred away.

After shredding, add in about a cup of the bbq sauce and several spoonful’s of the cooking liquid. Just use your judgment on how much juice to add back in.

When I make this BBQ Pulled Pork recipe for the family, they are So happy, and even picky eater will ask for seconds.

It’s also a crowd-pleaser, so it’s a great recipe for potlucks and game day spreads.


Can I Make This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Ahead Of Time?

Pulled pork is definitely a recipe that can be made ahead of time. Perfect if you are trying to get a head start on the week or prepping for a party.

For best results, I would make the pulled pork no more than the day before. (And also keep an extra half cup or so of the cooking liquid in case you think the pulled pork is looking a bit drier than you would like.)

Can You Overcook Pulled Pork?

It’s pretty hard to overcook a pork shoulder or Boston Butt when using a crockpot.

As long as there’s moisture in the slow cooker, it should be fine. (Just one of the reasons I love my new hamilton beach slow cooker with a clear lid. I can always see what’s going on!)

How Long Will The Cooked BBQ Pork Last?

Leftover pork will be good in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

I recommend reheating the pork in the microwave on 50% power and then you can put it back into the crockpot to keep warm while serving.

What To Serve With Pulled Pork

Dr Pepper Barbeque pulled pork.

What To Do with Leftover Pulled Pork

More Pork Recipes you might like:

Tried this barbecue pulled pork?

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3 Ingredient Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe (Slow Cooker recipe)

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Slow Cooker 3 Ingredient BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Total Time: 10 hours
  • Yield: depends on the size of your pork shoulder
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: slow cooker


Are you ready for a super easy and so good slow cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe?  You can’t beat this one, it’s made in the crockpot and could not be any easier…


  • 1 Pork shoulder roast
  • 1 can of Dr. Pepper or Root Beer
  • 2 cups of barbecue sauce, one for now and one for later (I have tried several barbecue sauces and this one is my favorite.  I stumbled across it as a free item at my grocery store.)


  1. Place the pork roast in your Crock Pot.  Pour Dr. Pepper on top, followed by 1 cup of barbecue sauce.
  2. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  3. When the roast is done, remove from the Crock-Pot, let rest for about 10 minutes and shred with 2 forks.
  4. Mix 3 or 4 tablespoons (or more if you think it needs it) of the juice from the crock pot back in the meat in along with another cup of the barbecue sauce.

Serve on rolls or bread with pickles and onions.

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  1. Came out great! Best recipe ever. Everyone loved it. Will make again

  2. It turned out great… only complaint is mine came out too thin. I can fix that next time I make it with some adjustments though. 😁

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Make sure to remove the pork from the crock pot before shredding. Reserve the juice and add it back as needed.

      1. Ah! That would be what I did wrong then! I removed the pork and shredded it, but I did not reserve the juice, I just put the pork back in it! Thanks for the tip!!

  3. Just finished this and it’s the best I ever made. I had to use pork butt roast and cooked for a little ice 8 hours. Super tender and great flavor!

  4. We had it tonight for supper and it turned out delicious!!! I used root beer instead of Dr Pepper and used Kraft garlic bbq sauce! Yummy! I will definitely be making this again!!

  5. This was very good family loved it thank you

  6. Delicious! Also, was so easy to make!

  7. I’ve made this many times!,!!!!!it’s always wonderful!!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Thanks! I just made it again myself, for a pool party. I got so many complements and people couldn’t belive it was only 3 ingredients, lol!