Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Root Beer


Easy slow cooker pork shoulder is excellent for making delicious pulled pork sandwiches or serving as an entree. Serve over rice or with Hawaiian sweet bread for a yummy little sandwich. I like to top the pulled pork with sliced roasted red peppers, blue cheese, and chimichurri sauce to make a delicious sandwich with Argentinean flavor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
14 servings


  • 1 (3 1/2) pound boneless pork shoulder

  • 8 fluid ounces root beer

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Pat pork shoulder dry and place in a slow cooker. Pour root beer over pork.

  2. Mix together brown sugar, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle on top of pork and rub lightly until entire surface of pork is coated.

  3. Cook on Low for 5 hours. Switch to High and cook until meat is tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork, about 3 hours more. Carefully remove pork and shred with 2 forks. Drizzle some liquid from the slow cooker over pork to moisten.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

170 Calories
11g Fat
6g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 200mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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