You might think I have gone crazy but this root beer pulled pork is perfection on a plate!  Super tender pork is slowly simmered all day long!   The root beer adds the perfect flavor and subtle sweetness that will have you coming back for seconds!

This recipe is delicious and so simple that it has become a staple in our house.  It’s perfect for serving groups as well.  The pork shoulder feeds many and you can sit back and let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy your day with your guests!  Add your favorite bbq sauce and you are set!  Leftovers the next day are perfect for some pork tacos too!

Root Beer Pulled Pork at

Items Needed:

  • Pork Shoulder (3 lbs)
  • 1 cup of rootbeer
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thickly sliced, separated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt/pepper
  • Barbeque sauce of choice

I started out by placing one of those slow cooker bags in my slow cooker.  (more on it’s awesomeness later!)

Next I lined the bottom of the slow cooker with half the onion slices.  I left all the fat on the pork but coated the outside with salt and pepper.  I placed the shoulder on top of the onions.  I added the rootbeer.  I roughly chopped the garlic cloves and added to the rootbeer.  I covered the shoulder with the remaining onions and placed on low heat for 6 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.

Once cooked, I pulled out the pork and let rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes.  I shredded the pork with two forks, and at this time I removed the fat from the pork and discarded the fat.  I did also roughly chop the onions and garlic pieces and mix those in with the pulled pork.  No need to waste that great flavor!

I like to keep the pork “naked” as each of our family members has a separate preference of BBQ sauce and it also makes it easier to repurpose this meat for leftover dishes.  You can certainly mix the whole batch with your favorite sauce though!

Add to some hamburger buns and you are set!  The rootbeer, I found adds a distinct flavor to the pork that is sweet but still has that little kick that makes your taste buds wonder “what’s that flavor?”.

This main dish would be awesome paired with my Apple Cole Slaw!  Yum!


*Oh and the slow cooker bags were AWESOME!  Clean up consisted of me dumping the liquid in the bag down the drain and throwing the bag away!  Love it!

And That’s What Che Said…

  1. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life

    This recipe looks delicious. I have always wondered if those slow cooker bags really work – now I will have to try them. I love my slow cooker, but hate the clean up!

    • Laura, I couldn’t agree more! My small one (the one I used yesterday) is like the first generation one and the pot inside doesn’t even come out of the casing. So you are washing it while triing to keep the cord out of the way so these bags were AWESOME! I totally recommend. Doesn’t look that pretty but totally worth it!

  2. Looks incredible! I have never heard of those bags before! I must find them now…I hate cleaning out the Crock Pot. Thank you so much for linking up to the Crock Pot Party!

    • Lacee, they are the BEST THINGS EVER! :)

  3. So far, I want to try every recipe that has linked up to the crock-pot party! This looks delicious!

    Little Miss Nerd Girl

  4. Audra

    Mmmmmmm! This sound super yummy, I love rootbeer and bbq, interesting combo! Thanks for linking up at Tuesday Tutorials!


    • Cheryl

      I thought the same thing Audra but I have to say it’s pretty good! That rootbeer flavor gives it a little something extra! Thanks for hosting a great party! Love the Glitter Heels!

    • Cheryl

      Thanks Audra!

  5. I’ve heard of that recipe before but never tried it! It’s back to the top of my recipes to try for fall. Looks delicious!!!

    • Cheryl

      I highly recommend it!

  6. Whitney Ulrich

    wow Root beer pulled pork. That sounds amazing! Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  7. I love unique twists in the kitchen and I would definitely call root beer with pork a twist! Thank you for sharing at Savvy HomeMade Monday, Che!

  8. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Dee

    Thanks for linking up. My kids will love this.
    Love your blog.

    The CSI Girl

    • Thanks Dee! I hope they love it, mine do!!

  11. Roxanne Jennings

    My small one (the one I used yesterday) is like the first generation one and the pot inside doesn’t even come out of the casing. This recipe looks delicious. That rootbeer flavor gives it a little something extra!

  12. Jo

    Do you use 2 bottles of bbq sauce for this recipe?

    • I added the sauce as we made the sandwiches as everyone in my house likes a different type of BBQ Sauce.

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