Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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This week at our house we tried another delicious dinner that came straight from the crockpot. Summers are tough because it’s so hot and I really don’t feel like cooking and heating the house up. That’s why I love my crockpot so much. I can throw dinner in that magical contraption and it is ready in hours, and all without heating up the house. Talk about a win-win situation!

Summer is a time for bbq’s and pulled pork sandwiches. And I’ve never found a really good pulled pork recipe until I came across this lovely. The pork gets to cook in Root Beer. I know, right? I love that! Cafe Rio pork cooks in Coke and this recipe cooks in Root Beer. At this rate they’ll be cooking stuff in Mountain Dew. For now I’ll stick with what is safe, but I’m sure someone out there is cooking stuff in Mountain Dew.

The key to cooking pork is low and slow. You don’t want to rush it. You’ll want to allow the pork to cook on low for hours so it will be nice and moist.

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Yield: about 10 sandwiches

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches


  • 1.5 – 2 lb. pork roast
  • 1 envelope dried onion soup mix
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can root beer
  • 2 c. barbecue sauce (You’ll be dividing it for the recipe.)
  • 10 buns


  1. Place the thawed pork roast on a work space and sprinkle with the dried soup mix. Pat it on there all over the roast. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and place in the crock pot.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the can of root beer and half a cup of barbecue sauce. Pour it over the roast.
  3. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on low heat for 6 1/2 to 7 hours. Remove the roast from the crock pot and shred it with two forks. Then remove all but about a cup of the juice.
  4. Put the shredded pork in the crock pot with the cup of juice, then add the remaining 1 1/2 c. of barbecue sauce. Stir it into the meat and cook on high for 15 to 20 minutes to get the meat heated up.

recipe adapted from Recipe Girl

And here is another of my favorite pulled pork recipes!

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches


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  1. Melissa says

    I have this in my crockpot right now, I made pasta salad to go along with it. Can’t wait to try it, it smells great!!

    • Allison Miller says

      Yay! I hope you enjoyed it. It’s on our menu for a family reunion next week! Thanks for the comment!

  2. says

    Have you ever tried this recipe with chicken? If so does the recipe change at all? Would you use breasts, thighs, etc?


    • Allison Miller says

      Hi Tara! I think this would be super easy with chicken. You could use boneless skinless chicken breasts and cook for about 3 1/2 hours on low. Other parts of the chicken would work great, too!

  3. Linda Garciaq says

    Hi Alli,
    I’ve seen fish cooked in Mountain Dew! Put it in foil, Add some seasoning, sliced peppers and onions, some Mountain Dew and put it on the grill. I haven’t tried it yet, but it makes sense with the citrus flavors. 🙂

    • Alli says

      My husband would love that! It’s amazing that you can cook meat with different sodas like that. Love it! Thank you for sharing this idea!

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