The Ultimate Guide to Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Are you ready to elevate your pulled pork game to the next level? Look no further! In this guide, we’ll show you how to create the most delectable Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in your very own Crock Pot. This recipe is as easy as it gets, making it perfect for game day, get-togethers, or even a simple weeknight meal. So, let’s dive in and discover the secrets to achieving juicy, tender pulled pork!

BBQ Pork on a slider bun

The Magic of Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is the ultimate “cook once, eat twice” meal. Not only is it incredibly delicious as a sandwich filling, but it also has endless possibilities as a versatile ingredient. From pizza toppings to quesadilla fillings and casseroles, the leftover pulled pork will elevate your meals to new heights.

To start, all you need is a pork shoulder (or a pork butt) and a few staple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. This recipe guarantees a mouthwatering, juicy, and tender pulled pork that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in a slow cooker

Ingredients for Success

To achieve the best results, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pork Shoulder (or a pork butt)
  • Seasoned Salt (or your favorite pork rub)
  • A Can of Soda (Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Coke, or Root Beer work best)
  • Barbeque Sauce (homemade or bottled sauce will both work great!)

Choosing the Perfect Cut of Meat

When it comes to pulled pork, the cut of meat you choose matters. Opt for a pork shoulder or a pork butt (also known as a Boston butt) for the ideal combination of tenderness and flavor. These cuts are marbled with just the right amount of fat, ensuring juicy and succulent pulled pork. The slow cooking process breaks down the proteins, resulting in mouthwatering, fork-tender meat that you desire.

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BBQ Pork on slider buns

Unveiling the Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe

Prepare to be amazed by the simplicity of this recipe! With a Crock Pot (or any brand of slow cooker) and a few minutes of prep time, you’ll be well on your way to creating a culinary masterpiece.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Rub the pork with seasoned salt or your favorite pork rub and place it in the Crock Pot.
  2. Add the soda of your choice, pouring it down the side of the pot to preserve the seasoning.
  3. Cook on low heat for approximately 8 hours or until the meat is fork-tender.
  4. Shred the pork and remove most of the liquid from the Crock Pot, leaving about 1 ½ cups.
  5. Add the shredded pork back into the pot with a generous amount of BBQ sauce, stirring well to combine.
  6. Serve and indulge in the irresistible flavors of your homemade Dr Pepper Pulled Pork!

Spoon scooping Dr Pepper Pulled Pork out of a crock pot

Perfecting the Texture

Determining when your pulled pork is done is key to achieving the perfect texture. Although the recipe suggests cooking for 8 hours on low heat, the time may vary depending on your specific slow cooker. Look for two indicators of doneness: the meat should easily slide off the bone, and it should shred effortlessly with two forks.

While the standard cooking temperature for pork is 145°F, pulled pork requires more time and heat due to its inherently tougher nature. So, focus on achieving that melt-in-your-mouth texture rather than fixating on the internal temperature.

For more information on properly cooking different cuts of pork, visit the National Pork Board website for valuable tips and insights.

BBQ Pork on a slider bun

Elevate Your Pulled Pork Experience

Pulled pork is a versatile dish that pairs perfectly with numerous side dishes. Enhance your meal by serving it alongside some of these delectable options:

  • Baked Beans: Nothing complements pulled pork better than a side of flavorful baked beans.
  • Creamy Macaroni Salad: Add a touch of creaminess and crunch with a refreshing macaroni salad.
  • Scotcheroos: Indulge your sweet tooth with a delightful dessert like scotcheroos.
  • No Bake Oreo Pie: Elevate your dessert game with a simple yet irresistible no-bake Oreo Pie.
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