Pulled Pork Made with Root Beer

Pulled pork

As I was perusing Gentlemint yesterday, I came across a recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwich made with Root Beer. It looked delicious and sounded tasty so I wanted to try it out. We do not normally eat a lot of pork for dinner. In fact, we might have grilled Pork Chops every once an a while. Although, we do enjoy some breakfast pork: bacon, sausage or ham. Who doesn’t? It is a delicious breakfast meat.

Pulled Pork with Root Beer

I must admit, this has to be one of the easiest dinners I have made in a while. I mean, other than something frozen that I threw in the oven. Plus, when I went to the market this morning, it did not take much to get everything I needed. It takes 4 ingredients.

Pulled Pork


  • 1 pork tenderloin (2 lbs)
  • 1 can or bottle root beer (12 oz)
  • 1 bottle your favorite barbecue sauce (18 oz)
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted


  1. Rinse and tenderize your pork tenderloin prior to placing in your slow cooker.
  2. Pour entire contents of root beer over meat.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours… or until well done. Cooking times may vary based on your slow cooker and meat.
  4. Drain all but half a cup of the root beer juice in the cooker.
  5. Pull apart the meat (I simply used two forks).Pulled pork
  6. Combine the pulled pork meat and barbecue sauce in the slow cooker.
  7. Cook on low for another 20 minutes.
  8. Serve over hamburger buns (toasted is optional).

Pulled pork
The Pulled Pork Root Beer sandwich was very filling and full of flavor. The meat was both juicy and tender. The kids even enjoyed it. Plus, we made a side of sweet potato fries and they complimented the seasoning well. This is one meal that will definitely make it into our normal menu planning rotation.

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Have you ever made this recipe or one like it? What do you think of using Root Beer as a seasoning?

About Colby

As the father of 5 and head of the household, I am often looking for the next best thing when it comes to my family. I enjoy trying new products and am excited about delving further into the tech world my wife and teens know so much about. You can also find me on Twitter: @dodomesticdad


  1. That looks really good! I might have to try it.

  2. We have made this same recipe and enjoy it! Cooking it with the root beer adds the extra touch. We also cut up one onion and set it in the slower cooker for the first 6 hours. It’s on our meal plan for next month.

  3. Kim L. says:

    I use almost the same recipe when I make pulled pork bbq! I’m from the Northeast and probably never would have tried this but since moving to the south, I have discovered that people here love bbq. I actually buy a cheaper cut of pork (Boston butt or pork shoulder), skip the tenderizing, and use more root beer. After the pork is cooked, I discard most of the fat but leave some since apparently, true bbq-lovers like some fat in the meat. I usually use Sweet Baby Ray’s for the sauce and get rave reviews.

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