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Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I love root beer so much, the sweet but subtle spicy flavor has always been a favorite of mine. It adds a great sweetness to baking obviously, but not so obvious is it’s great impact on savory dishes as well.

Most pulled pork recipes tell you to add bbq sauce after it’s made but by making a good spice rub and adding root beer, this Root Beer Pulled Pork doesn’t need a thing. Just make it in the slow cooker and serve. Life couldn’t be sweeter.

Root Beer Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
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Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches


1 boneless pork shoulder (or pork butt) 3.5-4lbs
12 oz root beer
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls


Place the pork shoulder in the crock pot. Cut it into pieces if larger than 4lbs. Pour the root beer over the meat.

In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, salt, cumin, paprika, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried oregano and rub over the pork.

Place the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours.

Using two forks carefully shred the pork, mixing in the liquid and juices from the slow cooker. Serve on King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls.

28 Responses to “Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches”

  1. rachel says:

    Oh yum! I love pulled pork and the root beer idea is fabulous!

  2. Amy says:

    Looking forward to trying this for Memorial Day!

  3. lusi says:

    this looks delicious

  4. cheryl says:

    This recipe was a BIG HIT at a potluck that I brought it too! It instantly feeds a lot of people which I like and it just tastes fabulous. The guys were going back for seconds & thirds!!! There was nothing left. That cumin just smells so good when you’re making the spice mix. And the pulled pork with the Sweet Bread combination is PERFECT! Thanks so much for publishing this recipe – I don’t think I can live without it now. :)

  5. Rosey says:

    Wow! i just made this recipe, came out sooo great. It was extremely easy to make. I didnt wait the whole 8 hours :( was just too hard with the smell, i started pulling the pork at about 7 hours. Thanks for the recipe :D

  6. Arlene says:

    OMG…I marinated the pork for 6 hrs., came home after dinner, and cooked in the oven (covered with foil)for 5 hrs. at 300 degrees. The aroma coming from the oven was making me crazy it smelled soooo good! It tasted as good as it smelled. I made a grilled cheese sandwich with mozarella. It would be great in Pannini. So easy, I will be making this for the next pot luck.
    Thanks Jenn!!!

  7. ruthless says:

    i made this overnight last night and now i’m tempted to eat it for breakfast. this is the easiest recipe i’ve found and it turned out great – thanks for the recipe!

  8. OH MY GOSH!!! Bless you girl! I had a baby shower and it was my chance to also showcase my products AND my party planning skills. I blurted out during the planning process that I could make the Pulled Pork sandwiches. I had NO idea what the heck I was doing. I was so scared!! I found your page and thought, ROOT BEER! Everyone gets there and starts complimenting a few things here and there and I am shaking when the guest of honor says, Okay where’s the pulled pork…I am starving. I knew the smell was amazing and when I tasted it it was amazing, but what would these 15 picky women think. Okay so just an FYI, I made a 12lbs roast thinking there would be tons of left overs. Well the ladies at the party CALLED THEIR HUSBANDS and we ended up with a house full of people all coming for the pulled pork sandwiches. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting this and for making me look GGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDD!

    Rebecca Lopezdevictoria
    Owner of Giggle Jungle

  9. barbara says:

    I made this a few weeks ago and it is very tasty! I was using another rootbeer pulled pork recipe on allrecipes which was good but this one is even better. The spices really add flavor. I’ll be making it again tomorrow which is why I’m here again.

  10. Jae says:

    This recipe will not disappoint! Husband, kids, sis and her fam all loved it. Perfect in every way! Didn’t need to cook it for the entire 8 hours but kept it warm in the juices. chicken Long rice yesterday, pulled pork today, next will be the shoyu chicken. Keep the crock pot recipes coming!

  11. Arlene says:

    I ended up using a whole bottle of A&W root beer (15oz?), and it came out sooooo good that I had to freeze the other half, otherwise I would have eaten it all!

  12. Oh hells yes! We here at Zombie Mall are major fans of the pulled pork bbq and usually I spend a good 14 hours out with the grill pouring smoke over the meat as it slow cooks. Yesterday I had a major hankerin for some pulled pork but didn’t want to spend all that time tending to the fire and wood chips (usually have to add more wood chips every 30 min, gotta add a few coals every hour or so, add water to the pan, etc).

    SO… I decided to try a smaller cut in my crock-pot. And wham-O This is the perfect recipe for me, right down to the root beer!

  13. AmyG says:

    Do you think it would be good with meat instead of pork???

  14. Chandra says:

    Just made this the other night and it was absolutely fantastic! Your so creative and awesome! :)Thank you for having this website!

  15. Denise H says:

    OMG!!!! This was the best recipe I have EVER tried. I followed it to the T…. WOW!!! I will make this forever and a day…. Maybe everyday…. Love it!!!!

  16. Heidi says:

    We love this- I’m making it again this weekend. Great recipe with a lot of flavor!

  17. Cori says:

    WOW!!! Tried it this weekend – so easy and sooo yummy!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

  18. Chris says:

    I made this using a Beef bottom round roast and it was awesome also! Added lots more onions as we love onions. It was 5 stars all around!

  19. Thomasine says:

    I was skeptical before I made this recipe….no bbq sauce??!?! well okay I will try it……IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!!even my 3 boys LOVED it!!! thank you!

  20. Katherine says:

    Soo excited! Got my pork in the crock pot now, and it smells amazing! I’ve tried this recipe once before and was blown away at how tender and tasty it turned out, but due to being an airhead I forgot to bookmark this page to my favorites last time!! After searching online for a good recipe last night I stumbled upon this page again and couldn’t have been happier! Thanks!!!

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  24. Rhonda says:

    Would you double to seasonings if you have a 6# roast?

  25. justJENN says:

    @Rhonda Yes, double the roast size, double the seasonings!

  26. Laura says:

    Thank you for this recipe. It is amazing, so delicious! I have made this several times for parties and everyone always loves it.

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