Why is that that seemingly the messier something looks or is, the more I want to eat it? Nachos….not exactly a neat meal. It’s the same thing with this one. I am in love with the saucy sloppiness of these BBQ pulled pork sandwiches that I cant help but want to make them more and more.
Plus, did I tell you?!? They are made in the slow cooker. Which means that I can do a little bit of prep work and my Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System does the majority of the work for me while I am at work. Now, if only someone made a device that cleaned the house for you while I was there….
I once made Root Beer BBQ Pork and absolutely loved it! After seeing a few different recipes using Dr.Pepper, I had to give it a try. This recipe doesn’t require alot of ingredients at all…the vast amount being in the spice rub. That part is crucial for flavor though, but its all stuff every spice rack typically has!
I used a 5 lb. Boneless Butt Roast (tee hee) when I made this for my family of four. It left plenty for leftover sandwiches the next day. OR…..OR…..you can use it for nachos the next day like we did! Tortilla Chips, then the leftover pork. and all your face nacho toppings. Yum. My stomach just growled remembering them.
To prepare, combine all of the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub generously on all sides of the pork. In skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil and sear pork on all sides. I love my Ninja because it has a skillet mode that I can use to sear the pork on all sides and then simply switch to slow cook mode. (no, not a sponsored post…just really love my Ninja. BUT, I mean if they wanted to send me like a coupon or something..I am open to accepting) Once seared, transfer to your slow cooker. Top with the Dr. Pepper and cook 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 on low!
Shred the pork and add your BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s), balsamic vinegar, and the brown sugar. Cook on high for another 30-60 minutes and serve! These things are just fine on their own, but i like to serve mine topped off with a simple cole slaw!
To get those crispy caramelized parts you can try this. In my Ninja, I turn it to skillet mode on Medium at the very very end and let that sauce caramelize onto the pork. IN OVEN: After adding the BBQ, Balsamic and brown sugar and shredding, put in oven safe casserole/roasting pan and put in oven at 375 for 20-30 minutes to caramelize.
Dr PepperBBQ Pulled Pork
Deliciously simple Slow Cooker Dr Pepper BBQ Pulled Pork for an AH-MAZING dinner without the hassle!
- 5 lb. Boneless Pork Butt Roast
- 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 12 oz. Dr Pepper soda
- 1 Cup BBQ sauce
- 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Step 1 Mix all spices together in small bowl. Rub that pork roast generously on all sides with the spice rub.
- Step 2 Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large skillet and sear all sides of the port…just brown them.
- Step 3 Place roast into slow cooker and pour over it the 12 oz Dr Pepper.
- Step 4 Cook on High 4-5 hours or Low 7-8.
- Step 5 Using two forks, shred the pork. Add BBQ, Balsamic and brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Step 6 Either set slow cooker to High and cook additional 30-60 minutes, or transfer to casserole and heat in oven 20-30 minutes at 375 to caramelize.