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Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

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Spicy Pop Pulled Pork is a version of the pioneer woman pulled pork recipe. It takes your classic pork roast recipe and adds in soda to make the meat extra tender and tasty. Cook it in your slow cooker for a delicious meal!

In my humble opinion, there is no better time saver than cooking in a slow cooker. You place in all the ingredients and let the slow cooker do its magic.

As you have probably guessed by now, I love cooking meals that are simple and convenient. To me, long hours spent in the kitchen are reserved for special times, such as dinner parties, holidays, and the occasional Sunday dinner. During the week I like to make something that is quick and easy.

Recently, I found a recipe to spice up a pork roast that I could not wait to try because it involves soda. When it comes to cooking any roast, I love cooking it in a slow cooker. Low and slow! This allows the roast to become super tender and full of flavor. 

This shredded pork recipe is originally from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, but I decided to make a few changes to make it my own. 

What ingredients are needed for the pop pulled pork? 

  • Pork loin roast or pork shoulder
  • Soda pop, I used Dr Pepper
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Onion 
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt 
  • Ground black pepper

How do you make the soda pop pulled pork? 

Begin the recipe by drying the pork roast. Rub generously with salt, ground black pepper, and brown sugar. Set aside. 

Using a slow cooker, or the slow cooker setting on a pressure cooker (Instant Pot), roughly chop 2 medium onions and add into the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with the seasoned pork roast. 

Add the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce on top of the pork roast. 

Slowly pour in the soda to cover everything in the slow cooker.

Cover and allow to cook on high 4 hours or low, 6 to 8 hours depending on your slow cooker. 

Carefully remove spicy soda pop pork from the slow cooker and shred using two forks. Serve on a bun while warm. 

Why is this the best pulled pork recipe?

  1. The slow cooker makes this a dump and go meal and allows the pork to become tender.
  2. The soda helps to tenderize the meat and mellows out the spiciness of the chipotle peppers. 
  3. It is the opportunity to use your favorite dark soda pop in a savory recipe. Try using Dr Pepper, root beer, cola or cherry cola. 
  4. Spicy soda pulled pork is the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and savory. 
  5. It can be used to make a sandwich, pair with your favorite side dish, or top a baked potato. 

What do I serve with this pork recipe?

This roast is the perfect combination of savory, spicy, and sweet. There are so many flavors happening in this dish that make it absolutely worth giving a try. Make it and serve it any way that you like.

Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

Spicy Pop Pulled Pork Roast takes your classic pork roast recipe and adds in soda to make the meat extra tender and tasty. Cook it in your slow cooker for a delicious meal!
5 from 12 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pioneer woman pulled pork
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 369kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pork loin roast (5 to 7 pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 11 oz. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 cans soda pop (I use Dr Pepper)

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by drying the pork roast. Rub generously with salt, ground black pepper, and brown sugar. Set aside.
  • Using a slow cooker, or the slow cooker setting on a pressure cooker (Instant Pot), Roughly chop 2 medium onions and add into the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with the seasoned pork roast.
  • Add the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce on top of the pork roast.
  • Slowly pour in the soda to cover everything in the slow cooker. Cover and allow to cook on high 4 hours or low, 6 to 8 hours depending on your slow cooker.
  • Carefully remove spicy soda pop pork from the slow cooker and shred using two forks. Serve on a bun while warm.

Notes

  • The slow cooker makes this a dump and go meal and allows the pork to become tender.
  • The soda helps to tenderize the meat and mellows out the spiciness of the chipotle peppers. 
  • It is the opportunity to use your favorite dark soda pop in a savory recipe. Try using Dr. Pepper, root beer, cola or cherry cola. 
  • Spicy soda pulled pork is the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and savory. 
  • It can be used to make a sandwich, pair with your favorite side dish, or top a baked potato.
  • Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman 

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1559IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg
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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.
    September 10, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    5 stars
    Sounds amazing! I love your photos too, so bright and appetizing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 10, 2019 at 11:53 PM

      Thank you so much Jordan!

  • Reply
    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    September 10, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    This sounds like a great recipe! I love your photography!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 10, 2019 at 11:53 PM

      Thank you!!!

  • Reply
    Julie I Aloha Lovely
    September 11, 2019 at 6:03 AM

    Looks delish! I usually use beer when making pulled pork but I’ll have to try soda next time.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 11, 2019 at 10:32 AM

      Thank you! It’s really good. I haven’t tried beer with pulled pork before, will have to next time.

  • Reply
    Jen
    September 11, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    5 stars
    Wow! this is so delish. I love your photography. Thinking of trying this over the weekend.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 11, 2019 at 5:06 PM

      Thank you Jen! Try it, you will love it!

  • Reply
    Marta
    September 11, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    5 stars
    I LOVE making Dr. Pepper pulled pork, but never made mine spicy! I’m going to have to remedy that!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 11, 2019 at 5:07 PM

      Yes!! It is delicious, if you love spicy foods.

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Our Food Fix
    September 11, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Interesting, I have never heard of cooking meat in pop. But it kind of makes sense! It sure does make a great BBQ sauce.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 13, 2019 at 9:12 PM

      It is a strange combination but it works together really well. It makes a delicious sauce, perfect for dipping!

  • Reply
    Tamara J.
    September 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    5 stars
    I love the addition of the soda to help with achieve the perfect tenderness!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 13, 2019 at 9:13 PM

      Thank you Tamara, it makes the meat so tender!

  • Reply
    Katrina Adams
    September 13, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    5 stars
    I have been looking for a good pulled pork recipe!! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 13, 2019 at 9:13 PM

      Yay!! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    SHANIKA
    September 13, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    5 stars
    This Pulled Pork recipe looks so delicious! I love that you chose to use a Pressure Cooker! I definitely need to try this!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 13, 2019 at 9:14 PM

      Thank you Shanika! I have definitely fallen in love with using the pressure cooker for everything!

  • Reply
    Jazz
    September 13, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    5 stars
    Never would have thought of this combination but it looks amazing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 15, 2019 at 6:51 PM

      Thank you Jazz!!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    September 13, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    5 stars
    Whew! Look at those Chipotle peppers! So much flavor…I love it!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 15, 2019 at 6:52 PM

      Yes, full of FLAVOR!!!!

  • Reply
    Kenya Rae
    September 14, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    5 stars
    Oh i wish i ate pork just for this. I miss a good pork roast and pulled pork sandwich.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 15, 2019 at 6:52 PM

      Aww. Try it with chicken it should work just as well. Just reduce the cooking time.

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