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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

  • 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.

Keywords: slow cooker, pork

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  1. I have a 6pound pork roast how do I adjust the pop and bbq sauce and how long do I cook it? Do I thaw it out before putting in the crockpot?

    1. Definitely thaw it. You might consider cutting the roast in half. And increasing the soda and BBQ sauce. I don’t think doubling would be necessary.

  2. Camille Casey says:

    Made this today for super-bowl! It was so easy and and Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe that my family loved!

  3. Tried this yesterday as the second side meat for Thanksgiving. Use Root Beer because that’s what I had on hand. It was a small 4 lbs, 6hrs on low & it was perfect. Shredded perfect. Will use this recipe again.

  4. So easy and delicious!! Highly recommend!

  5. Melissa Bo says:

    I made this tonight for dinner it was a big hit! It’s a super easy recipe that I will make again!

  6. Delicious!

  7. Easy and delicious

  8. 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!

  9. I made this tonight and actually it is very good! delicious!

  10. Hi! I have a 7 pound pork. How much soda and bbq sauce do you recommend?!?

    1. I would still only add about a cup to the crockpot. All it does is act as a flavor enhancer. After the pork is shredded, add back in some of the juice from the crock plus as much bbq sauce as you like. I used a cup for about a 3 to 4 lbs pork shoulder, you may need more for a larger cut.

  11. Used Coke because I didn’t have Dr. Pepper or Root Beer. Best and easiest pulled pork I have ever made!

    1. I’ve made this the last 3 years for my family to watch Super Bowl. They love it. Best part, it’s so simple to make. Thank you!

  12. This was so good I’m on my 3rd time making it!! This time I don’t have 8-10 hrs so I’m cooking on high – I’ll let you know how it turns out!!

  13. I made this delicious Barbecue pork for my bunco group and they loves it! My husband who is a barbecue lover and is very picky about his barbecue, also loved it! I will definitely be making this again!

  14. Lynette Burnett says:

    Made this for dinner tonight! So, so good!

  15. Terry Hathaway says:

    Can this be cooked in the oven? I need to cook 15 pounds of pork and my slow cooker is too small. If it can be, do you know the temperature for the oven and the amount of time it would take? I’m excited to try this!

    1. yes, you can. a good rule of thumb is to cook it 30 minutes per pound @ 350°. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the shoulder reads 185 degrees F.

  16. I have a 10 lb shoulder roast and want to try this. Should I increase the soda and BBQ sauce? If so, by how much?

    1. Maybe 1.5 cans of dr. pepper and 3 cups of bbq sauce. Be sure to reserve some bbq sauce for the end.

  17. I added a few teaspoons of Worcestershire and a dash of creole and it was amazing!

  18. Omgoodness this was sooo good! I used a Pepsi since that’s all I had. Easiest recipe ever, and even my picky old dad loved it. Thank you!

  19. I love simple recipes! I used a pork loin roast, about 3 lbs and a Coke Zero! The house smelled delicious and the pork tasted even better!

    Thanks so much!

  20. I made this the other day, the only thing I did different was before putting the meat in I put McCormick sweet and smoky rub on it. It was delicious! My super picky 9 year old told me that was the best meat I’ve ever made! Will definitely be making this again