Dr Pepper BBQ Pork
Looking for a simple crockpot meal that will feed a crowd and get rave reviews? Look no further than this Dr Pepper BBQ Pork.
Sometimes I think people in the country consider Dr Pepper the “nectar of the gods”. Every afternoon my dad will come into the house for a “pop” break, where he grabs a Dr Pepper and whatever snack is handy like an apple, bag of popcorn, or licorice and sits down at the table to look through the local paper or agriculture magazine.
I love finding ways to use it in my cooking. It is a great way to insert some amazing flavor into a dish with minimal effort, but still leaves your guest wondering….. hmmmm what was in that? Dr Pepper has always been a winner in my crowd.
This is a great recipe to make for a crowd as it makes a lot of food (no worries it’s great to freeze any leftovers) and being cooked in the slow cooker provides ease to prep and clean up.
If you want the dish to be even easier, skip making your own bbq sauce and just top the pork with your favorite store-bought sauce.
Also feel free to use whatever “soda” you have on hand. I imagine the pork to be equally delicious with Coke or Root Beer!
Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork
Simple and full of flavor slow cooker meal of Dr Pepper BBQ Pork
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 5-6 lb pork butt roast
- 2 12 oz cans Dr Pepper, divided
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Combine brown sugar, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and pepper in a bowl. If making the homemade BBQ sauce reserve 2 tablespoons of the rub. Rub the rest of the seasoning onto all sides of the pork roast and place into a slow cooker.
Add 2 cups of Dr Pepper to the slow cooker with the pork, cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours until the pork is fork tender.
For the homemade BBQ sauce: Combine 1 cup of Dr Pepper, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the remaining rub in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and simmer sauce, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until slightly reduced. Let sauce cool. It can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until needed.
When the pork is done, remove from the slow cooker and shred with a couple forks. Discard the cooking liquid. Return the pork to the slow cooker and cover with bbq sauce. Heat on low for about 10-15 minutes until the pork is warmed.