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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Barbecue

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Barbecue

Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American
Keyword pulled-pork-bbq, pulled-pork-sandwich, slow-cooked-pulled-pork-barbecue
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Marinate time 8 hours
Total Time 18 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 6 lb pork butt
  • 1/3 cup prepared BBQ rub i.e. Barbecue Magic your favorite (See Cook's note for homemade rub recipe)
  • 1 12 oz bottle Dr Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke hickory or mesquite
  • 3 cups Dr Pepper barbecue sauce divided


  • Rub pork butt generously with your choice of dry rub seasoning on all sides. Or, homemade in Cook's note. Wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  • To prepare: Spray the crock of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Mix Dr Pepper with the liquid smoke. Pour into slow cooker. Center the pork shoulder in the cooking liquid.
  • Cook on the low for 8-10 hours until fork tender.
  • Remove pork to a platter. Discard the cooking juices.
  • Shred pork using 2 forks, removing any visible fat. Return pulled pork back to the slow cooker. Increase the temperature to high.
  • Pour 2 cups barbecue sauce over pork. Cover and simmer 30-45 minutes just until sauce has simmered into pork.
  • Serve on kaiser rolls or buns with cole slaw and extra sauce on the side.


If you'd like to take a shortcut for the sauce, I recommend using a bottled barbecue sauce with a chipotle flavor to reflect the flavors in the dry rub such as Sweet Baby Rays.
Homemade rub:
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp dark chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder