Slow Cooked Root Beer Pulled Pork with a kick…

31 Oct

I’m pretty sure most people like me because of this pulled pork recipe. I’ve brought it to football parties, potlucks and picnics. It’s always a hit and I rarely have leftovers. As someone who complains about leftovers, I get a little sad when all of the pulled pork is devoured.

I made Root Beer Pulled Pork for The Bears Monday Night Football game last week. I was looking forward to having a lazy night on the couch and eating a couple pulled pork sandwiches. I got a call from my hubby mid-morning asking if he could have a couple of friends over for dinner. I hesitated slightly. I wasn’t worried about not having enough pork, but I wasn’t totally thrilled about not having a pork sandwich for lunch the next day. But I decided to put my greediness aside and said of course he could have friends over. I love entertaining and pulled pork is perfect for a Monday night meal.

However, I didn’t get enough pulled pork for my liking. So over the weekend, I made more. It was a nice break from the massive cheesy meatball lasagna I made on Friday night.

I know there are a lot of root beer pulled pork recipes out there… but dare I say, this recipe is the best. Root beer provides some flavor, but I want more. So I like to add additional spices to turn things up a notch. Trust me, you don’t even need BBQ sauce. (but you still can if you want. I won’t judge you.)

And since this is made in a crock pot, it’s the perfect meal for any day of the week. It requires no attention until it’s time to shred the pork.

So to all of my friends, here is my recipe. I guess I’ll need to come up with another recipe to get me invited to shindigs. 🙂

Slow Cooked Root Beer Pulled Pork

  • 1 cup root beer, additional might be needed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp grill seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 lb boneless supreme pork roast
  • 4 to 8 buns
  • BBQ sauce, if needed


  1. Pour root beer into slow cooker. Add all the spices, seasonings and garlic. Gives everything a good stir. Add onions and pork. Add more root beer if needed. You don’t want the pork to be submerged, just nicely floating.
  2. Set the slow cooker on the lowest setting. Cook for 5-6 hours.
  3. When the pork is cooked, shred meat in the slow cooker. Turn the setting down to warm and let the shredded pork hang out for 20 minutes. Serve on buns and BBQ sauce.

11 Responses to “Slow Cooked Root Beer Pulled Pork with a kick…”

  1. Lisa D. October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    What brand or flavor of grill seasoning do you prefer?

    • Miss Tasty October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      I usually buy the McCormicks Brand, Montreal Steak flavor… But I’ve also used the Mesquite flavor too.

      • Lisa D. November 10, 2012 at 5:50 am #

        Another question…
        What is “boneless supreme pork roast”? Neither our meat market nor grocery store in Indy had ever heard of that.

      • Miss Tasty November 10, 2012 at 7:20 am #

        It must be a Jewel Store thing here! Any kind of cut that holds up well in a slow cooker is fine.

  2. Bill October 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    The only suggestion I could make to this posting (which is excellent) would be serving a Root Beer Float for desert. However I guess drinking the real thing doesn’t go to well with ice cream.

  3. Shiloh Barkley November 1, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    This looks really really good. Like really good.

  4. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I love pulled pork. But my husband isn’t too crazy about BBQ sauce. Needless to say we rarely have it. I was thrilled to see that this has no BBQ sauce in it! I can just have it on the side if I want {But something tells me I won’t need to} Already have a pork roast, so guess what I’m making this Sunday?!

    • Miss Tasty November 1, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Yay! Let me know how it goes on Sunday. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  5. Sarah November 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Pinned this crock pot recipe! I just started a part-time job so I’m stockpiling things to cook while I’m away at work! And if I can eat this with a side of kettle chips…I’m in heaven!

  6. HungryLittleGirl November 4, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Even tho it’s only 8am, this dish makes my mouth water!
    It looks so delicious!

  7. Michelle Day November 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE pulled pork and this looks delish! Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. Have a great day.

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