Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

by Erin

These 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches are tender and juicy. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce and sides.

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches on a Plate.

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I love root beer. It is my #1 most favorite drink of all time. Want proof? I’ve been collecting root beer of all different kinds since the 6th grade! Is that impressive or weird?

I originally got the idea to collect root beer from my Dad, who collects sand wherever he goes. It’s really amazing how different sand can look from different places of the world. The same goes for root beer.

People often ask me whether there is any difference between the different types of root beer I have tried. First let me ask you this – do you prefer Pepsi or Coke? If you think there is a difference between those two colas then trust me, the range of flavor for root beer is even greater.

I have had some root beers that are amazing and wish I had a secret life-time stash of, whereas others (although few) I would object to pouring them straight down the drain.

Pork cooked with Root Beer in a Slow Cooker.

Despite my ridiculous love for root beer, I tend to prefer it in it’s natural state – I don’t like root beer floats or candy. But when I saw a recipe for this slow cooker BBQ root beer pulled pork, I knew I had to try it. Bonus points because it only requires 3 ingredients (plus the buns).

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

  • Pork
  • Root Beer
  • BBQ Sauce

Although I could not really taste the root beer in the named root beer pulled pork, I know it had something to do with how moist, juicy and flavorful the pork turned out – and it was so easy!

What does root beer do to meat?

If you can’t taste it then what’s the point of using root beer? Fun fact: the acidity levels in root beer will tenderize most red meat and, in this case, pork.

I bet you could also make instant pot pulled pork with root beer as well. Whichever method you prefer, this root beer pulled pork is great served with roasted potato salad , apple slaw, or better yet root beer baked beans. Why not complete the meal with a slice of chocolate root beer bundt cake?

Want more ways to serve root beer pulled pork?

Try it in tacos, nachos, or burrito bowls.

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork on a Plate.

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches on a Plate.


Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2-3 lb. pork tenderloin, shoulder, or butt*
  • 12 oz. can or bottle of root beer
  • 18 oz. bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns


  1. Place the pork tenderloin in a 2-3 quart slow cooker and pour root beer over the meat**. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork.
  2. When pork is done, remove to a cutting board and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and place it back in the slow cooker set to warm. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine. Serve immediately or cover in slow cooker until ready to serve. Serve on toasted hamburger buns with preferred sides.


*Preferably boneless. **If it doesn't cover, add more root beer, chicken broth, or water.

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Source: Adapted slightly from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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Zamphuor June 25, 2012 - 10:04 pm

This looks delicious!
I can’t tell from your photo if you have a bottle of root beer from Colonial Williamsburg, Virgina. It’s made right there, is very tasty, and even comes in a neat bottle.

spiffycookie June 26, 2012 - 9:39 am

What is the name of it? If it is just “Colonial Williamsburg” then I definitely do not have it.

Zamphuor June 26, 2012 - 1:12 pm

The one I have is called “Chowning’s Root Beer” from [Josiah] Chowning’s Tavern. Looking closer, I think you already have it on your shelf :)

spiffycookie June 26, 2012 - 1:43 pm

I’ll have to check when I am home.

kita July 1, 2011 - 7:41 pm

I love me a pulled pork sandwich and bookmarked this right away. So simple and yet always soooo yummy!

Kim - Liv Life June 23, 2011 - 11:39 pm

I’d say impressive!! While I”m not really a root beer fan, I’m thinking I might give this a shot with real beer! Excellent recipe!

spiffycookie June 24, 2011 - 10:18 am

I think this recipe would be great with Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper too!

Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) June 23, 2011 - 7:05 pm

Root beer in pulled pork? That sounds amazing!

spiffycookie June 23, 2011 - 11:43 pm

It sounds amazing because it is!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 23, 2011 - 9:55 am

Love your root beer bottle collection! Your pulled pork looks delicious.

Maureen June 23, 2011 - 1:27 am

Did you know that root beer is not, I repeat NOT sold in Australia. How wacky is that??

I can order it and I think I’ll have to try my one remaining can on this one. I love bbq !!

spiffycookie June 23, 2011 - 7:35 am

That’s so weird! Especially since I have a root beer in my collection that says it is made in Australia.

Tracey June 22, 2011 - 2:17 pm

I’m not a root beer fan, but I am beyond impressed by your bottle collection. So cool!!! And even though I don’t like root beer, I know I’d enjoy this pulled pork.

spiffycookie June 22, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Thank you! I do enjoy my collection. It’s my favorite thing that I own. And you probably would love the pulled pork, because you really cannot tell it was cooked in it.

Bonnie June 22, 2011 - 10:39 am

I love the root beer collection. And YES…there is a big difference between Coke and Pepsi (I’m a Coke drinker myself).

I love the root beer bottle collection. And I think it’s great that you started it when you were so young.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 21, 2011 - 7:03 pm

WOW, that picture is awesome! Your collection is so epic it’s making me want to take something up so I can feel similarly accomplished as a connoisseur of something. :)

spiffycookie June 22, 2011 - 9:00 am

Haha thank you! I am very proud of my growing collection. The problem I have now is figuring out where to put more shelves…

briarrose June 21, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Oh that looks good….great use for root beer. My husband is a root beer fanatic…I’m pretty sure he would drool over your collection. ;)

spiffycookie June 21, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Thank you! Most people think my collection is beer and then they seem less impressed when I say it’s root beer.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 21, 2011 - 1:06 pm

Another Erin – Hi!!
Love the Rootbeer collection – my husband has a similar hot sauce bottle collection! These pull pork sandwich look and sound amazing!! We love pulled pork here, definitely saving this one!

spiffycookie June 21, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Wow I bet that collection looks really neat!

Blog is the New Black June 21, 2011 - 12:35 pm

This sounds wonderful! I burnt the pulled pork I made for father’s day! FAIL!

spiffycookie June 21, 2011 - 12:38 pm

Boo how sad!


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