Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork with Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce Recipe – our go-to recipe for pulled pork with only 2 ingredients! The homemade barbecue sauce puts this pork over the top! Pork shoulder, Coca-Cola, ketchup, vinegar, onion, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and salt. Great for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day & tailgating. Leftovers are great on a salad, in tacos or NACHOS! YUM! #crockpot #slowcooker #bbq #pork #pulledpork

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Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Made with Coke

This Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork might be the easiest meal I’ve ever made. It is literally two ingredients – pork shoulder and a can of Coke.  I put the pork in the crockpot on my way out of the house and when I got home from work it was ready. It literally just fell apart. It was so good! I went the extra mile and made a homemade Coca-Cola BBQ sauce to go with the pork. OMG! It put the pork over the top! You must try this ASAP!

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How to Make Coca-Cola Pulled Pork in the Crockpot

As I said, this is super duper easy to make. Place a pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the pork. Cover and cook on LOW all day. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks, discarding any fatty pieces.

To make the homemade Coca-Cola BBQ sauce, in a large saucepan, bring Coca-Cola, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, onion, chili powder, and salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, until thick. You can toss the pork with the BBQ sauce or just spoon some of the sauce over the pork when you serve it.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I used a boneless pork shoulder for this recipe. You may also see this cut of meat referred to as a pork butt or Boston butt.
  • Can I use a bone-in pork shoulder? Yes! If using a bone-in shoulder, you will just need to cook the pork on the higher end of the cooking time.
  • Can I cook pulled pork on HIGH in the crockpot? Yes! You can cook the pork shoulder on HIGH for about 4 to 6 hours.
  • To make the pork in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, cook the pork on HIGH pressure for 1 hour. Turn off and let steam naturally release for 20 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. Remove pork from Instant Pot and shred.
  • The homemade Coca-Cola barbecue sauce will keep up to a week in the refrigerator.
  • If you don’t want to make the homemade BBQ sauce, you can use store-bought instead.
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are G. Hughes, Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, and Williamson Brothers.
  • Can pulled pork be reheated? Yes! You can make the pork ahead of and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Reheat the pork on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Can pulled pork be frozen? Yes! Make the pork as directed and shred. Toss the pork with sauce, if desired. Let the pork cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
pulled pork on a bun with bbq sauce

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

This recipe is perfect for watching The Masters this weekend. It is also great for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day and tailgating. The leftovers are great on a salad, in tacos or NACHOS! YUM! Give this a try the next time you need an easy BBQ recipe. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

We like to serve this pork on buns with some coleslaw and baked beans. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this yummy pork:

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platter of pulled pork, bbq sauce, buns, slaw and can of coca-cola

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork with Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce Recipe – our go-to recipe for pulled pork with only 2 ingredients! The homemade barbecue sauce puts this pork over the top! Pork shoulder, Coca-Cola, ketchup, vinegar, onion, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and salt. Great for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day & tailgating. Leftovers are great on a salad, in tacos or NACHOS! YUM! #crockpot #slowcooker #bbq #pork #pulledpork

Ingredients:

Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

  • 1 (3½-lb) boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 (12-oz) can Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

  • ¾ cup Coca-Cola
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste

Instructions:

Pulled Pork

  • Place the pork in the crockpot. Pour coke over the pork. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Remove from crockpot and shred. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce.

BBQ Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover pan; reduce heat and simmer about 20 to 30 minutes until sauce is very thick. Stir occasionally.

Notes:

  • I used a boneless pork shoulder for this recipe. You may also see this cut of meat referred to as a pork butt or Boston butt.
  • Can I use a bone-in pork shoulder? Yes! If using a bone-in shoulder, you will just need to cook the pork on the higher end of the cooking time.
  • Can I cook pulled pork on HIGH in the crockpot? Yes! You can cook the pork shoulder on HIGH for about 4 to 6 hours.
  • To make the pork in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, cook the pork on HIGH pressure for 1 hour. Turn off and let steam naturally release for 20 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. Remove pork from Instant Pot and shred.
  • If you don’t want to make the homemade BBQ sauce, you can use store-bought instead.
4 bottles of store-bought BBQ sauce
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are G. Hughes, Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, and Williamson Brothers.
  • Can pulled pork be reheated? Yes! You can make the pork ahead of and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Reheat the pork on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Can pulled pork be frozen? Yes! Make the pork as directed and shred. Toss the pork with sauce, if desired. Let the pork cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Steph

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  1. Ok I made this tonight but I did it on the stove top as we don't have a crock pot (A. not enough room in our small kitchen and B. We didn't really use it when we had one). I'm not super crazy about how the meat turned out, but I think that's my fault, we'll see tomorrow. The sauce however is pretty great. I ended up using soy sauce and a little garlic powder since we didn't have Worcestershire. I added a little extra Coke and some brown sugar too. I think next time I'll add a little less vinegar honestly but it's a great recipe overall.

  2. I just started this about a half-hour ago. I used Dr Pepper & also rubbed the pork shoulder with garlic powder, salt & pepper. I'll get started on the sauce this afternoon.

  3. How many people do you think this would serve? I want to try this for 4th of July with either diet coke or coke zero. Thanks!

  4. Okay, newbie question. Do you need to cover the pork with coke? Or do you just pour it over and not worry about the part of the meat that's not in liquid?

    I'm looking forward to making this recipe. You have a great site!

  5. I was cooking my pork in the slow cooker & needed a good, EASY recipe for the BBQ sauce. I looked @ all the "big name" sites (Food Network; Allrecipes, Big Oven, etc..). I couldn't find anything I liked so I googled it, 8 pages later I came across your recipe, it was good, easy & fast. Loved it!! I did put a twist on it & added some Boubon to it. Even though the alcohol burns off it adds more flavor to the sauce. Thank you!!

  6. im wanting to do this for my wedding which is at 2pm…whats the best way to prepare this the day b4 so it wont dry out??? Would the BBQ sauce need to be made that day or could it be made the day b4 as well??? Could you possiable email me with any tips or suggestions? k_d_canup@yahoo.com

  7. Just found your blog from a picture on pinterst. Its great I love all the recipes so far. Nice pictures too. I have a web site of my own showcasing my mothers treasured recipes. She was a wonderful cook and baker so in her memory I started this web site. Check it out http://www.smalltownkitchen.com
    Thanks Love your blog

  8. I made threw this in the crockpot this morning and couldn't wait to get home. This was so delicious (I forgot to buy the stuff for the sauce but made am old standby). I'm almost glad the hubs is going out of town, now I get the rest to myself! Thanks for this!

  9. i am in love with how easy this is..put it in the crock pot this morning before work

    I plan on making Chipolte-style burritos (sans BBQ sauce) with it tonight!

  10. We were going to grill yesterday but it was raining so I ended up making this instead, and it was fantastic! Super easy to make and now we have plenty of leftovers.

  11. Oh dear. I think I'm in trouble! My bf LOVES pulled pork. And this is easy enough that now I don't have an excuse not to make it! 🙂

  12. Fab!!! I grew up in Bham and crave BBQ often. My current city has 2 BBQ joints and they are awful, thus I create my own weekly. I've never done a cola version, though. would diet coke suffice??

  13. I make a very similar boston butt. I use a 12 oz can of cola or buffalo rock gingerale (I'm going to try Dr. P next time though) and a jar of Olie's BBQ sauce. All the vinegar makes it delicious!!! Mmmmmmm good!

  14. Unknown – I do allow pinning – it is obviously an issue with Pinterest. You know how buggy Pinterest can be at times! Please try again!!

  15. Looks really good Steph – I believe some of the pro competetion BBQers use Coke and Dr Pepper in their cooking.

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