Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Best Ever Simple Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwich Recipe

Being married to a meat and potatoes Iowan there is a high standard for certain dishes.  One of the high standards has been a pulled pork sandwich.  A classic Iowa dish that has apparently been nearly perfected.  In fact when we went back to Iowa for Chad's 20 year reunion we enjoyed some fabulous pulled pork sandwiches and out of this world sweet corn.

So when I tell you that I have been a bit intimidated by his stories of these pulled pork sandwiches and in our 16 years together I had never made him my crockpot pulled pork I am sure you understand.  Well after finding quite a steal on pork shoulder/butt ($.60/lb) I decided this was the time.  But, it was going to require the perfect pork AND the best KC barbecue sauce to really make this stand out.

This pork is seasoned with some of my favorite spices which bring in an incredible flavor.  The cooking liquid of choice is a twist.  This roast is slow cooked in Dr Pepper.  Yes, you heard me right.  This pork cooks to a tender juicy perfection.  Then some of the most incredible KC Style Barbecue sauce is stirred in to cook for another hour.  The end result is a mouthwatering tender, juicy pulled pork with just enough heat to wake your mouth up.

You just have to serve this on a buttered toasted bun with a pickle slice on top.  The combination is absolutely scrumptious.  Chad has declared this is the Best Pulled Pork Sandwich he has Ever had! and you will too!  Enjoy!

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KC Style Barbecue Sauce boasts multiple layers of heat and sweet!  The perfect bbq sauce for pork, beef, or chicken!!!  So good you will eat it with a spoon!

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Simple Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches
serves 12

5 pound pork butt, trimmed of visible fat
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 cups Dr Pepper
3 cups KC Style Barbecue Sauce, divided
12 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
12 pickle slices

Combine spices in a small bowl, mix well.  Massage spice mix into pork and place in crockpot.  Pour soda over pork.  Cook on low 5-7 hours, until pork is tender and pulls apart easily.

Drain completely, shred pork using 2 forks, add 2 cups barbecue sauce and cook on low for one hour.  Serve on toasted bun with a pickle slice and more barbecue sauce.  Enjoy!

Clickhere for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted


  1. Fear not! Pork and BBQ sauce can't be bad no matter how it's cooked. Looks perfect :)

  2. Hi there...just found you on another page and you have alot of yummy recipes here! Deb

  3. First off, you definitely got a steal on that pork! Great price! I would purchase that cut for making Cuban pulled pork when I lived in Florida so I'd be seeking out the best price! I've heard about using soda products so I'm not surprised; I really should give it a try myself sometime...especially if it's "the best" !! :)

  4. Where did you steal that rork roast? Costco? I've tried pulled pork in a slow cooker before but this recipe looks much better than my own and I love the creative use for Dr. Pepper.

  5. Ha! I agree pork is pretty important here in Iowa! Where did you have the great sandwich and sweet corn at? Just curious. I also do my pulled pork in the slow cooker with either a can of coke or Dr. Pepper - works like a charm every time!

  6. Donna, I think you've outdone yourself with these pulled pork sandwiches, they look and sound totally amazing! As usual, fabulous photos!

  7. very similar to my recipe! I love using root beer (I have used Dr. Pepper).
    I also add in some onions to the crock, they break down and just add that little something extra!!

  8. I'm sorry, my jaw is still on the ground. Did you leave a dollar off of the $.60/lb that you mentioned? If I found picnic, butts, or whole shoulders at that price, I would go buy an extra freezer for my garage. We pay $1.60 ON SALE around here.

  9. Thanks making for the first time and i can NOT wait for dinner time.

  10. I'm Canadian and we've never heard of Pulled Pork sandwiches until we started watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives. Then while on Facebook l see this recipe. l immediately grabbed this recipe and printed it up. We don't like Dr. Pepper so l replaced it with A&W Root beer and we had barbecue sauce in the cupboard so we used that instead. Upon eating this sandwich we realised the buns were too small. After completing this delicious sandwich; we were thankful of it's size. l would highly recommend this recipe to everyone! I would give The Slow Roasted Italian 5 hearts out of 5.

    1. I'm Canadian too, you need to get out more if you've never heard of pulled pork sandwiches. It's a summer barbeque necessity. Instead of a crockpot, we use a throwaway tinfoil roasting pan from the dollar store. Cook all day on the barbeque on low and it's ready just in time for bonfire and beers on the beach :) Wade, NB

  11. Will be making this soon! Not only for the family here at home but for my hard working, truck driving hubby! My 12 yo daughter and I like to cook up single size dinner items for him to defrost and warm either in the microwave or crockpot. That way he has a little bit of homemade love everyday! Thank you!

    1. That is awesome Tami Joy! My husband has been begging for this again. It is so good, freezes perfectly. Can't beat it! Thanks so much for commenting. Enjoy. ♥ ♥ ♥

  12. In the crock pot as I type this! It's waiting for me to get home from work and I'm so anxious. Hope the party-goers enjoy all my hard work ;)

  13. When you drain the pulled pork, don't toss it out! Put it in a saucepan and reduce the liquid until it's thick and then pour it over the pulled pork with the BBQ sauce. So good!

  14. Would this work with Chicken instead of pork?

  15. We've made this recipe many times now. One time we forgot to get Dr pepper and we substituted coke. Never have we forgotten Dr pepper again. Wa have taken this to parties and pot luck dinners and everyone has devoured this till it was gone. Always a big hit!


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